The Lytton River Festival is planning two full days of celebrations this summer, with a new date and a new location as the village rebuilds from last year’s devastating wildfire.
This year’s festival will be held on the Nlaka’pamux territory of Lytton First Nation on Aug. 27 and Aug. 28 at the Stein Valley Nlakapamux School and grounds, with children’s activities, a bouncy castle, music, games, sport and arts and crafts, including cultural demonstrations and day-long adult Make and Take sessions led by Indigenous artisans.
“We’re very excited to get the festival back on track after last year’s cancellation due to the wildfire,” festival secretary Nonie McCann said. “This will be a smaller event and although outside visitors are more than welcome, accommodation and food in the Lytton area is still very limited. This is an ideal festival for those who can drive to the school grounds, have friends with accommodation in the area or who can camp or book local accommodation in advance.”
The Lytton River Festival is a celebration of Lytton people and culture and the area’s two defining rivers, the Fraser and Thompson, and the thousands of years of history associated with those great waterways.
“The planning committee is working hard on this event and is still looking for vendors and performers,” Festival president Jessoa Lightfoot said. “We’re particularly interested in finding an organization that would be willing to cater — as a fundraiser — our traditional Sunday evening community feast.”