BC Culture Days Celebrates 10 Years

From September 27 to 29, 2019 take part in Canada’s largest public celebration the nation’s arts & culture, BC Culture Days.  BC Culture Days has helped facilitate a host of free engaging activities and events taking place throughout the region over the three day event. The weekend of artistic expression explores the intersection of creativity, the arts, and well-being. Featuring painting, theatre, experimental performance art, literature, design, cinema, and beyond, BC Culture Days is a family-friendly weekend that builds community, encourages exploration and discovery, and celebrates creativity in all its forms. 

Drumming at Kamloops Edition of BC Culture Days, 2015. photo: Lori Jantz

“Creative expression is vital for the health and wellness of a community,” says BC Culture Days Manager Nazanin Shoja. “We are proud to shine a light on the essential role arts and culture plays across the province to boost community engagement, foster deeper social connections, and build an understanding and appreciation for the collective artistic experience. With hundreds of engaging and exciting community events taking place across British Columbia, I have no doubt there will be an event that will cater to every taste and interest, while encouraging exploration into new artistic ventures!” 

To help celebrate its 10th anniversary, BC Culture Days has selected 10 emerging artists from across the province to act as cultural ambassadors in their respective communities, encouraging participation and presenting innovative activities across a broad spectrum of disciplines — including painting, animation, carving, poetry, theatre, and dance — as part of the weekend festivities. The 2019 BC Culture Days ambassadors are Tiffany Blaise (Vancouver), Brock Gratz (Kelowna), Molly Gray (Fort Langley), Alyssa Harms-Wiebe (Vancouver), Mundia Kabunda (West Kelowna), Julian Legere (New Westminster), Sebastian Nicholson (Prince George), Olivier Salvas (Vancouver), Emily Shin (Richmond), and Dyana Sonik-Henderson (Victoria). The artists’ biographies are available at: culturedays.ca/bc/ambassadors.

Dancing at Port Moody edition of BC Culture Days, 2015. photo: Bob Homer

BC Culture Days will officially launch with a provincial kick-off event in Mission, BC on Sunday, September 22, 2019 from 1pm–3pm at the Heritage Park Centre. Mission: A Mosaic of Cultures will showcase a broad range of cultural activities by notable and emerging artists from the Mission community. Beginning with the official opening ceremony, including a welcome by a representative of the Leq’á:mel First Nation, the public is invited to participate and experience artist demos, hands-on arts and crafts, artist talks, storytelling, workshops, and samplings from Mission’s vibrant culinary scene.

During BC Culture Days weekend, visitors are welcomed to seek out, create, participate and share the wealth of cultural activities to be found all around the region; from Music at Jack Poole Plaza in Vancouver, Claymaking in West Vancouver, Bellydancing in North Vancouver, Heritage bus tours around Burnaby, Art Demonstrations in New Westminster, Art In The Park in Coquitlam, and much, much more.   Visit culturedays.ca/bc to find out how to participate and for full details about all the events. 

Culture Days BC 2017



On September 29, 30 and October 1, 2017, be prepared to create, participate and share during the Culture Days in British Columbia.  A collaborative, Canada-wide volunteer movement, Culture Days aims to raise awareness, accessibility, and participation of all Canadians in the arts and cultural programs within their communities.

The eighth annual Culture Days will feature free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind the scenes”—and to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, and designers at work in their community.

Whistler’s Audain Gallery will host the Culture Days kick off on September 28th. Then the following three days will be filled with free arts and culture events in all corners of the province, including;

The 2nd Annual Port Moody Scavenger Hunt – a hunt to explore and discover the city’s public art and historical sites.

Canada 150 Geocache Project in Maple Ridge – the Community Heritage Commission and City of Maple Ridge have established seven geocaches around town.

Squanderer Mural Festival – the large scale mural festival in Squamish wraps up it’s two month run during Culture Days.

Cannery Collections Storage Tours – a behind-the-scenes tour of the unique and rare finds hidden in the archives of the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site.

Barclay Heritage Square & Roedde House Walking Tours – explore the urban oasis in the midst of Vancouver’s West End highlighted by the historic Roedde House Museum.

Behind the Scenes at Ballet BC – take a look behind the curtain to see what goes into the development of a new program

Try on the Gateway – visit Richmond’s Gateway Theatre to experience the magic of theatre; tour backstage, try on or buy costumes from past productions, perfect for your Halloween planning

These are just a tiny sampling of some of the local events, visit the Culture Days website to explore all that’s on offer in your community and set up your own custom My Culture Days itinerary.



Culture Days 2014

culturedays14Create, participate, celebrate is the theme of Culture Days, a weekend filled with arts and culture throughout communities across the country.  This year’s Culture Days run September 26, 27 & 28, 2014, bringing you three days of free, hands-on, interactive experiences with artists, creators, designers, curators and educators.

Culture Days are a participation based event, relying on the involvement of the public to help form the programs throughout the weekend.  There’s a huge array of activities to experience; Self-Guided Architecture Walks in Vancouver, hands-on printmaking on Granville Island, a Studio Open House in Richmond, Art Exhibits in Whistler or behind-the-scenes tours of the Archives in North Vancouver.

To find an event near you visit bc.culturedays.ca and follow @bcculturedays on Twitter to see what’s hapening.

Culture Days 2013

culture days 13Since its inception in 2010, Culture Days keeps spreading further and further across Canada as people realize the vital role Arts and Culture play in a community. The cross-Canada volunteer driven movement raises awareness, accessibility and encourage people to participate in the Arts. Culture Days events feature free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind the scenes”—and to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, and designers at work in their community.

This year’s BC Culture Days take place September 27, 28, 29, 2013 all across the province. Big and small, self-guides and grand, there’s an event for everyone. Take a look at your neighbourhood back lane, the city’s major cultural institutions or tourist attractions to find your fun. Some local events include: Culture Days on Granville Island – hands-on, behind-the-scenes activities & entertainment throughout the Island, Come Dance With Us! – free Ballet Classes with the Goh Ballet, History Tours Of Vancouver’s Castle In The City – behind the scenes historical tours of The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, and The Canada Line Public Art – Self Guided Tours.

Hundreds of events take place throughout the weekend, to plan your itinerary visit bc.culturedays.ca, follow @CultureDays on Twitter or  like on Facebook to see what others nearby and across the country are doing during Culture Days.

Culture Days 2012

Since its inception in 2010, Culture Days has taken root in more than 700 cities and towns across the country.
Culture Days are a volunteer driven national movement with a goal to raise awareness and participation in the arts and culture community. This year’s Culture Days takes place on September 28, 29 and 30.  Across the country free, hands-on, interactive events will encourage the public to take a closer look at the arts scene in their hometown.
Cultural Days relies on volunteers and collaboration to evolve and grow.  Arts and cultural organizations, artists, governments, schools, businesses or individuals can submit their events to the Culture Days website to help spread the word and promote Arts and Culture.
Some of the events happening in Vancouver include backstage tours of the historic Orpheum Theatre, WritersConnect Vancouver – a look behind the process as songwriters work on new pieces, Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival – a celebration of the full moon, Renfrew Ravine, Still Creek and the autumn or Discover the Lost Chinese Arts – a look at Chinese dance, music and culture.