PHOTOS: Harrison Festival’s homecoming ends on a high note

An enthusiastic crowd is reflected in the mirrored glasses of Kizaba, a Congolese artist playing the Harrison Festival of the Arts on its final weekend. (Adam Louis/Observer)An enthusiastic crowd is reflected in the mirrored glasses of Kizaba, a Congolese artist playing the Harrison Festival of the Arts on its final weekend. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Members of The Ventanas accompany singer/dancer Tamar Ilana at the Festival of the Arts. (Adam Louis/Observer)Members of The Ventanas accompany singer/dancer Tamar Ilana at the Festival of the Arts. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Tamar Ilana specializes in flamenco and Mediterranean music, blending ancient with modern. (Adam Louis/Observer)Tamar Ilana specializes in flamenco and Mediterranean music, blending ancient with modern. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Members of The Ventanas accompany singer/dancer Tamar Ilana at the Festival of the Arts. (Adam Louis/Observer)Members of The Ventanas accompany singer/dancer Tamar Ilana at the Festival of the Arts. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Vocalist Tamar Ilana breaks into a fan dance. (Adam Louis/Observer)Vocalist Tamar Ilana breaks into a fan dance. (Adam Louis/Observer)
People of all ages and walks of life couldn’t resist dancing to the diverse blend of music at this year’s festival. (Adam Louis/Observer)People of all ages and walks of life couldn’t resist dancing to the diverse blend of music at this year’s festival. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Kizaba has been playing drums since he was five years old. (Adam Louis/Observer)Kizaba has been playing drums since he was five years old. (Adam Louis/Observer)
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Kizaba’s music brought out the dancer in several people during his performance on Saturday, July 16. (Adam Louis/Observer)Kizaba’s music brought out the dancer in several people during his performance on Saturday, July 16. (Adam Louis/Observer)

The 43rd Harrison Festival of the Arts has come to a close.

After two years of alternate plans, visitors and locals alike clearly embraced the festival’s return to form with lakeside concerts, musical and theatrical performances at nearby Memorial Hall, a beachside artisan market and hundreds of people coming to bask in a lively blend of art and music.

From the tribute concert to the late Phyllis Stenson kicking off the festivities to the final night’s performance from the Balaklava Blues, the nine days of the 43rd annual event will undoubtedly be an event to remember.


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