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. 

Ready Set Draw Down!

Coming up June 14, there’s a showdown of a different kind happening in Vancouver.

photo: Vancouver Draw Down
photo: Vancouver Draw Down

A day-long event, Vancouver Draw Down celebrates drawing and challenges everyone to try their hand at creating their own art in workshops at Vancouver’s community centres, museums, art galleries, and on the street! Participants can try their hand at mural drawing, costume illustration, comic jamming, still life techniques, blindfolded drawing, and much more. The workshops are designed for drop-in participation, and participants are encouraged to try many different workshops throughout the day. All workshops are open, inclusive and free.  Professional artists will be on hand to guide and mentor but the workshops are not about teaching but rather the process and pleasure of drawing.

2014 is the fifth annual Vancouver Draw Down, and the biggest one yet with over 40 workshops scheduled across Vancouver! Participating organizations include Arts Club Theatre Company, Vancouver Art Gallery, Contemporary Art Gallery, Satellite Gallery, Artstarts, Hughes Condon Marler Architects, the Vancouver Public Library, and every branch of Vancouver’s community centres.

The launch party kicks of the day at the Vancouver Public Library outdoor plaza at 11am featuring local contemporary company

Dezza Dance incorporates their performance with drawing on a big scale, and then brings the crowd in for the fun!

Check online for the full schedule of Workshops and Events for Vancouver Drawn Down

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