The Britannia Mine Museum will be filled with the sights and sounds of artists and artisans, musicians and performers at the Ninth Annual Copper & Fire Arts Festival.
The Copper & Fire festival is the museum’s premiere summer event showcasing musicians and the crafts of local artists with themes of copper, fire, and mined materials “of the earth.”
This year the show will have a touch of Golden in it as Marty Ryan, a copper and bronze sculptor/artist and painter from the area, will be showing her creations at the event.
The Copper & Fire Arts Festival begins on August 6 at 7:30 p.m. with an evening concert in the Mill Building with world musician Joseph ‘Pepe’ Danza, an award-winning multi-instrumentalist and percussion music artist. Originally from Montevideo, Uruguay, Pepe travelled the world and learned to play Shakuhachi in Japan (an end-blown flute), Indian music while he was in India and Sri Lanka, Samba and Bossa Nova music in Brazil, and gamelan while in Indonesia. Pepe will also be accompanied by fire dancers all performed in the Historic Mill building.
Then on Sunday, August 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Britannia Mine Museum will host its signature summer arts event with artists showcasing their arts and crafts throughout the museum.
There will be live music and lots of fun arts and crafts activities for kids. Along with Ryan the event features such talented artists as Amber Butler, a gunpowder painter from Squamish, Sandra Bars, a jewelry artist/designer from Squamish, Mark Mentiply, a metal sculptor from North Vancouver, Sarah Groves, a metalsmith /jeweller from Vancouver and Ania Kyte, a glass lampwork bead artisan and jewelry artist from Mission
Located 10 minutes south of Squamish on the picturesque Sea-to-Sky highway, the reinvented museum was recently transformed from a mining legacy site into a vibrant internationally recognized destination.
The museum provides an unforgettable visitor experience with the new Beaty-Lundin Visitor Centre, the Britannia A-Z heritage hall, the historic 20-storey Mill building, the underground mine train and outdoor gold panning.
The Museum celebrates the contributions of mining and minerals to society, the history of the storied Britannia Beach community and the ideas and practices of environmental renewal and sustainability.