If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, you’re in luck.
BC Culture Days kicked off in Vancouver on Friday afternoon at šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn (formerly, the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza) bringing with it a multitude of events to keep you entertained.
The three-day-long, annual collaborative pan-Canadian volunteer movement aims to raise awareness of community arts and culture.
There are more than 70 activities registered in Vancouver. You’ll find events at the UBC Arts and Culture District, Granville Island, Skwachàys Lodge, and Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, just to name a few.
Event manager and organizer Nazanin Shoja said there was definitely something for everyone to enjoy.
“Culture Days is different from other celebrations in that it celebrates the creative process, encouraging people to try out new art forms and have a behind-the-scenes look into the lives of creative people in our community,” she explained.
“Activities range from workshops and collaborative art projects to tours, discussions, and open rehearsals. It's also a great opportunity to meet new people, tap into the arts community and learn about all the great artists and organizations offering activities year-round.”
She said the activities promoted public participation and increased accessibility to the arts.
“This not only benefits our economy, but also our mental and physical health,” Shoja said.
“Our arts and cultural communities have a great impact on our quality of life and they are often taken for granted
“Arts and culture is everywhere and the Culture Days weekend is the one time during the year when the whole country is united in celebration of that.”
Today at šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn, people had the chance to get very creative, with a paper mache creation Station and opera singing lessons with the support of a coach and pianist from City Opera Vancouver.
Later in the afternoon there will be Indigenous Women Artists Collective activities including a makeup artistry demo and mini button blanket making workshop.
The entertainment begins at 6pm with some traditional Slovak folk dancing performed by Vinica and the City of Nations Society. Then afterwards “Canada’s Prince of Piano,” Martin Mayer will do a free outdoor performance of his show East Meets West.
Lastly at 8pm, the day’s host, Mandy Rushton, will entertain the crowd with her one-woman pop culture cabaret and sing-a-long.
There will be live performances, classes and workshops throughout the weekend at šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn from 2pm to 8pm on Saturday, September 29 and 11am to 5pm on Sunday, September 30.
On top of this, there’s close to 600 activities across the province. Here’s some of the new events happening, if you feel like going on a little road trip:
· Fish Bowl Immersive Art Installation at Luna Arts Festival in Revelstoke
· Arts4All Festival in Surrey
· A Jam Session by Elders at the Mission Friendship Centre
· A Driftwood and Drum recycled material crafts event in Port Renfrew; and
· The Amazing Human Race in Terrace.
To find more events near you head to: https://culturedays.ca/en