More than 80 Culture Days events and activities will be happening in 20 locations across the city from Friday, Sept. 27 through Sunday, Sept. 29.
The three-day celebration of creativity will feature hands-on activities, cultural performances, artistic demonstrations, interactive installations and more.
Some of this year’s Culture Days highlights include:
Friday, Sept. 27:
Artist Talk with David Jacob Harder – Meet the artist behind the new large-scale sculpture located outside the Minoru Centre for Active Living from 3:30 to 5 p.m.;
Richmond Arts Coalition Sharing Stage – Experience an evening of performances by local musicians, dancers and creatives in the Richmond Cultural Centre Performance Hall from 6:30 to 9 p.m.;
Art for Social Change: Play and Variety Show – The Richmond Advocacy and Support Committee will perform a play, along with a variety of skits, spoken word and poetry from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Richmond Cultural Centre Performance Hall.
Saturday, Sept. 28:
Richmond Cultural Centre Murals and Artist Tours – Join Mayor Malcolm Brodie for the official unveiling of two new murals. The event will also include a Brazilian dance performance at 10:45 a.m., followed by a formal unveiling and walking tour with the artists from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.;
Resident Art Group Showcase - The Richmond Culture Centre and outdoor plaza will be brought to life by artists and artisans with big imaginations and deep roots in Richmond. Demos will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.;
Richmond Arts Village Hub – Take the opportunity to meet the artists in the Richmond Arts Village, a new artist live/work community located in Capstan Village. Activities will take place at various times between 10:30 a.m. and 10 p.m.;
Uzume Taiko Drum Workshop –This free hands-on workshop from noon to 1:30 p.m. will introduce participants to the exciting world of Taiko Drumming;
RYMP FM – Drop by Minoru Centre for Active Living from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a live radio show featuring interviews and music by Richmond Youth Media DJs.
Sunday, Sept. 29:
Discover Dance Day for Kids – Bring your little one to Defy Gravity Dance Company for a workshop that will introduce them to different types of dance and movement from noon to 2 p.m.;
Richmond Nikkei Stories Bus Tour – Enjoy an engaging bus tour at 10 a.m. (barcode 2749891) or 1 p.m. (barcode 2749890) and learn about Japanese Canadian stories, art and history. Pre-registration is required.
All weekend long:
New exhibitions at the Richmond Museum and Richmond Art Gallery – Culture Days marks the opening of two exciting exhibitions. Visit the Richmond Museum’s new City at Work exhibition and take part in interactive activities, tours and crafts for all ages on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meet the artists behind the Richmond Art Gallery’s exhibition at an opening reception on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m.;
A Chinese Arts and Culture Celebration at Gateway – Experience a variety of Chinese art on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. featuring performances by Star Band, Vancouver Chinese Choir, Vancouver Cantonese Opera and Canadian YC Chinese Orchestra, in addition to calligraphy and ink painting activities;
Minoru Manifesto Installation, Soundwalk, Performance and Picnic – Drop by the historic Minoru Chapel to experience Julie Hammond’s Minoru Manifesto project. The installation will be open all weekend and the Soundwalk will take place on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with a performance and picnic on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.;
Culture Days at Steveston Heritage Sites – Discover Richmond’s storied past with free, hands-on activities happening all weekend long at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, London Heritage Farm, Steveston Tram, Steveston Museum and the Gulf of Georgia Cannery.
The full schedule and details of events can be found at CultureDays.ca. Download the Richmond Culture Days program guide at Richmond.ca/CultureDays.