BC Culture Days announces a month-long series of engaging, interactive events taking place in the Kootenay Region — including Ymir on September 26 and Revelstoke September 25 — and across Canada at culturedays.ca from September 25 to October 25, 2020.
Featuring a newly expanded line-up of free activities hosted across multiple platforms, BC Culture Days offers culture enthusiasts in the Kootenay Region, and beyond, a collection of diverse content designed to suit all levels of accessibility in the midst of a global pandemic.
From registered, in-person workshops and self-guided tours to livestream presentations and digital recordings, BC Culture Days’ 2020 edition will explore the ‘unexpected intersections’ of creative connection and artistic discovery.
“Artistic expression and creative curiosity are fundamental components of the health and vitality of our communities, especially as we continue to navigate the uncertainty of a global pandemic,” says BC Culture Days Manager Nazanin Shoja.
“I am incredibly proud of the dedicated, grassroots efforts of our many participating artists and community culture leaders who, like us, believe in the transformative power of the arts. We hope that by expanding this year’s celebration to a full month and opening access to events taking place locally, provincially, and nationally, BC Culture Days can foster connection, understanding, and healing for an even greater number of British Columbians this fall.”
To help further support widespread community involvement within the artistic process, BC Culture Days has selected five exceptional emerging artists from across the province to act as cultural ambassadors — raising heightened awareness and boosting participation in their own communities, coupled with virtually nationwide. Ambassadors will explore their distinct art form in unexpected ways, pushing traditional boundaries to discover new cultural understandings.
For full artist biographies, visit culturedays.ca/bc/2020ambassadors.
BC Culture Days 2020 will officially kick off with a 45-minute virtual event on Thursday, September 24, 2020, at 4pm PST, hosted by the City of North Vancouver and spoken word poet Andrew Warner. The cultural event will feature:
Dance performances by North Vancouver’s AMED Dance Academy, Surrey’s VanCity Dance Team, and Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s Children of Takaya; Indigenous welcome ceremonies by Dennis Thomas-Whonoak and Gabriel George of Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Orene Askew of Squamish Nation;
Exploring Reconciliation Through Creativity | Sept. 26, 1-4pm | Livestream & In-person at 216 Porcupine Road
Behind the wall: The making of a collective mural | Sept. 25, 5:30-8:30pm | Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre, 320 Wilson Street
Photo Caption: Three young boys who attended lejac residential school in northern BC in the 1940s will be part of the Exploring Reconciliation Through Creativity , interactive event taking place in Ymir. — Submitted photo