Metro Vancouver residents will join the thousands of Canadian communities participating in this year’s Culture Days festivities, September 30, October 1 and October 2.
Culture Days embraces local arts, culture and heritage initiatives by offering free, hands-on, interactive and community organized activities to the public (see Community Highlights below).
Culture Days aims to promote direct interaction between creators and the public, as a key to increasing understanding and appreciation of arts, culture and heritage.
There are more than 400 activities already registered for Culture Days across B.C., representing a wide range of disciplines and cultural interests, including visual arts, music, dance, theatre, architecture, heritage, film and video, literature, culinary arts and multi-media.
“Culture Days is a wonderful three-day celebration of arts and cultural activities on a national, provincial and local level,” said B.C. Culture Days Task Force Chair Judy Robertson. “It is a way to meet artists and performers up close and get a behind-the-scenes view of the creative process. I really encourage you to venture outside of your own community, meet new people and try new things!”
Culture Days in the Metro Vancouver area includes events in Vancouver, West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, New Westminster, Surrey, Delta, Bowen Island, the Tri-Cities, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows and White Rock, with activities ranging from:
Water’s Edge Day, a celebration of Vancouver’s waterfront featuring kayak paddle tours, marine touch tanks from the Vancouver Aquarium, live music and arts and crafts.
A River of Light: A Community Lantern Installation and lantern making workshop in Maple Ridge.
A Shipyard Social in the Shipbuilder’s Square in North Vancouver.
Art 4 Life, a 2D and 3D art exhibit geared towards young audiences in Port Moody.
Renaissance Rocker, a Renaissance dance class taught by a Richmond-based historical ensemble.