Vancouver residents will join the rest of Canada in this year’s Culture Days celebration, September 30, October 1 and October 2.
Culture Days features free, interactive events for the public, with the aim of engaging Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their community.
Here is a sampling of what will be happening over the Culture Days weekend:
ArtStarts Gallery Tour: ArtStarts Gallery is the only free public gallery in Canada exclusively dedicated to young people’s art. Come receive a 30-minute guided tour of the gallery’s current exhibition, View Finders: Young People’s Art through a Lens-based Approach. The exhibition showcases a selection of projects where young people from schools across BC had opportunities to experiment with different digital and analog photographic mediums and explore their potential as tools for communication, documentation, and creative expression.
Gatsby’s Night out at the Orpheum: Slip on your flapper dresses or cuffed trousers and spend a Gatsby-themed evening at the Orpheum. Receive a guided tour of the historical theatre, followed by live music performed by Victoria and the Secrets and the Myrtle Family Band. Take a lesson on the Lindy Hop with Rhythm City Productions, be amazed by Matt Johnson’s magical tricks, strike a pose in a photo booth and interact with a special media piece created by Peter Forde. Food and Drinks available for purchase. This event is 19+.
Body Talk: Hosted by BC Culture Days Ambassador, Deanna Peters, Body Talk is a movement class, a talk/discussion and a multi-media installation that explores the physical awareness of a dance artist, with the goal of sharing such an awareness with the public. Explore the exhibition’s philosophical concept through a multitude of mediums and get a behind-the-scenes look at the thoughts that regulate a dancer’s every-day life.
ROVE: A Mount Pleasant Art Walk: ROVE is a free one-night art event in Mount Pleasant that allows the public to explore what the local art scene has to offer. ROVE provides guests with a guided path and invites them to discover a range of artwork, mix and mingle with local artists and take home a few unique pieces of their own. Grab a map, follow the plotted route, and begin your arts and culture adventure!
Water’s Edge Day: The Georgia Straight Alliance and the Vancouver Maritime Museum will be holding Water’s Edge Day, featuring tons of water-related activities for all ages. Activities include kayak paddle tours in Tsleil-Waututh canoes, marine touch-tanks, courtesy of the Vancouver Aquarium, special boat tours, live music, arts and crafts, and an open invitation into the Vancouver Maritime Museum.
Cloudscape Big Draw Comics Jams: Enter the hilarious and imaginative world of comic jamming! A comic jam is a collaborative creative process in which more than one artist works on one comic. Using a large section of tyvek with pencils and inks, Cloudscape Comics, at Memorial South Park Fieldhouse, will house participants in the creation of giant comic jams. The results of the activity will be installed on the outside of Cloudscape Comics’ fence, delighting passers-by and drawing more people to the comic art form. Participants of all ages and skill levels are welcome.