Culture Days in BC Canada Offer Something to See…and Do for Everyone

Culture Days Dance in British Columbia Canada

Culture Days logo BC showcases its arts in a series of events happening across all regions of this providence of Canada during the annual Culture Days.

Canada’s 2012 Culture Days is a national arts event that runs from September 28-30 and will celebrate its third year as an annual event. Culture Days events are free and presented by volunteers whose aim is to make Canadian arts available to all with a wide array of hands-on, interactive arts activities, including:

  • Architecture
  • Comedy
  • Culinary Arts
  • Dance
  • Design
  • Film or Video
  • Heritage
  • Literature & Spoken Word
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary
  • Music
  • New/Digital Media
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts
  • and More

Each region within the province of British Columbia offers many events to enjoy during your visit to western Canada.

VIEW EVENT HIGHLIGHTS & LODGING BY REGION

Kootenay / Rockies / Alberta | Northern British Columbia | Thompson Okanagan | Vancouver Coast and Mountains | Victoria/Vancouver Island |

Culture Days is expecting high attendance, so reserving your accommodations now is recommended. Pair your arts experience with the individualized lodging offered by the best bed and breakfast inns in BC.


Culture Days in the Kootenay / Rockies / Alberta Region

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

CASTLEGAR, BC

Castlegar Sculpturewalk

Castlegar Sculpture Walk photo by Colin Payne PhotographyView 30 impressive sculptures (20 by Canadian artists and 10 by Americans) in downtown Castlegar. Vote for your favorite!

NELSON, BC

Open Studio & Artist Talk at Oxygen Arts Center

Ian Johnstone artwork - "Sometime Things Are Exactly as They Appear"Meet Ian Johnston and learn about his Reinventing Consumption project, which seeks to discover inventiveness in response to consumerism.

KIMBERLEY, BC

Culture Days at Centre 64

Kimberly Arts at Centre 64 signCentre 64 will once again present an eclectic program of Visual Arts, Literature and Spoken Word.

LODGING

The bed and breakfast inns of BC’s Kootenay / Rockies / Alberta region offer personalized accommodations close to the Culture Days events. Enjoy a variety of breakfast options to start your day exploring the cultural activities.


Culture Days in Northern British Columbia

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

PRINCE GEORGE, BC

Culture Days at Two Rivers Gallery

Two Rivers Gallery (Prince George BC)Presenting Alison Norlen’s ‘Glimmer’ (drawings of artefacts from expositions & world fairs), local artists & singers and particpation in Paper Quilling.

Groopfest – Festival of the Arts

Featuring art, demonstrations, hands-on activities, music, refreshments…and fun for all.

Art in Form Open Studio

Artist Maureen Faulkner opens her studio for a glimpse into her work in landscapes and kitchenscapes.

TERRACE, BC

The Amazing Human Race

Amazing Human Race logoBecome acquainted with Terrace, British Columbia by completing tasks that explore the community’s arts and culture.

LODGING

The bed and breakfast inns of the Northern BC region offer unique rooms, individual services, and location convenient to the Culture Days events in the area. Savor the selection of breakfast choices to start your day of cultural experiences.


Culture Days in The Islands of BC

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

Central Victoria

There are several Culture Days events taking place in downtown Victoria and the adjoining neighborhoods, including:

Behind-the-Scenes at Ballet Victoria

Ballet PracticeObserve professional ballet dancers prepare for the world premiere of Ballet off Broadway and learn some ballet basics.

Spontaneous Acts of Culture

PaintbrushesThe Greater Victoria Public Library will host painting and arts & crafts activities for all ages.

See the Central Victoria lodging of our member B&B inns.

Greater Victoria

The Greater Victoria area is a cultural centre of British Columbia and hosts many Culture Days events, including:

FERNWOOD, VICTORIA BC

Inside the Belfry

Belfry Theatre ExteriorTour the Belfry Theatre, join in on acting exercises and go on stage for an audition.

OAK BAY, VICTORIA BC

Canadian College of Performing Arts Carnival of Classes

Watch or participate in beginner acting, dancing and singing classes.

See the Greater Victoria lodging of our member B&B inns.

Vancouver Island East & West

EAST

NANAIMO, BC

Arte de Carnavale

African DancerCelebrating African culture with arts, dance, music, costume contests, fashion shows and more.

WEST

UCLUELET, BC

Cedar Grass Weaving

cedar weavingLearn about the traditional cedar grass weaving of the Pacific Northwest Coast First Nation from elder Rose Wilson.

See the Vancouver Island East & West lodging of our member B&B inns.

LODGING

The bed and breakfast inns of the Islands of BC region offer cozy rooms and singular attention to your comfort along with locations convenient to the Culture Days events in the area. A wide variety of breakfast options will get your day of cultural experiences off to a great start.


Culture Days in the Thompson Okanagan

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

Central Okanagan

KELOWNA, BC

Kelowna Arts and CultureKelowna is the cultural hub of the Central Okanagan and is hosting many activities including Alive with Our History museums tour, multicultural dancing at Dancing Around the World, cultural treasure hunting with Cultural Caching, and much more.

See the Central Okanagan lodging of our member B&B inns.

North Okanagan

VERNON, BC

Presentation of Public Art

Kelowna artist Crystal Przybille gives a presentation on public art, its forms, and its benefits to the local community. She will also talk about her art practice and recent European art tour.

See the North Okanagan lodging of our member B&B inns.

South Okanagan

OLIVER, BC

Fall Art Show and Sale at Oliver Community Centre

An arts competition for artists from the South Okanagan and beyond covers seven categories: fibre arts, mixed/new media, oils, photography, three-dimensional arts, watercolors and youth arts. Come browse and buy local art. Wine tasting in conjunction with Festival of the Grape on Sunday.

See the South Okanagan lodging of our member B&B inns.

Thompson

KAMLOOPS, BC

Yarn Bombing & Knitting Instruction

Yarn bombKamloops Art Gallery and volunteers have organized a “yarn bombing” of downtown Kamloops trees to accompany knitting classes at the gallery.

See the Thompson BC lodging of our member B&B inns.

LODGING

The bed and breakfast inns of the Thompson Okanagan BC region offer comfortable rooms, personalized services, and locations convenient to the Culture Days events in the area. The many available breakfast choices will get your day off to a great start before you head out for all the cultural experiences happening across the region.


Culture Days in the Vancouver Coast and Mountains Region

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

Greater Vancouver

Vancouver is a year-round cultural hub for British Columbia and Culture Days brings out the best the Greater Vancouver area has to offer.

Vancouver City

Downtown Vancouver and the adjoining neighborhoods host the greatest number of Culture Days events of any BC destination. Browse all the events.

The other districts of Vancouver also offer many events.

Vancouver East

Port Moody Festival of the Arts

Hannah Georgas #0933Enjoy music from Hannah Georgas, Dustin Bentall and Kendel Carson on Friday. Chuckle along with Ivan Decker and Sudden Death Improv on Saturday. Celebrate storytelling with Abegael Fisher-Lang on Sunday.

Vancouver North Shore

Iain Baxter&

Library L&scapeIain Baxter& is one of Canada’s most beloved artists. The multi-site exhibition takes place in three venues and covers two of the more obscure periods of his work, which occurred when he was living in North Vancouver.

Vancouver South

Ladner & Delta Art Displays

quiltThe Ladner Pioneer Library will show the photography of Chris Siemens. The Tsawwassen Library in Delta will present an exhibit of the Boundary Bay Quilters Guild.

See the Greater Vancouver lodging of our member B&B inns.

Fraser Valley

Cometas en el cielo :: The kite RunnerABBOTSFORD, BC

The Reach Gallery Museum hosts a Movie Night screening of “The Kite Runner” on Friday, a tour of & workshop for Amy Loewen’s “Illuminating Peace” on Saturday, and Family Arts activities on Sunday.

Paper MacheHOPE, BC

On all three days, The Art Machine community arts centre hosts Paper Mache Extravaganza and the Hope Library hosts Write! A Community Collaborative Writing Project.

See the Fraser Valley lodging of our member B&B inns.

Sunshine Coast

WritingSechelt on the Sunshine Coast will be hosting the Writing for Fun workshop with Cathie Roy, Associate Publisher of the Coast Reporter newspaper, at the Public Library on Saturday and Sechelt Arts Alive, a volunteer educational workshop and live performances by local artists, will be held at the Seaside Centre on Sunday.

See the BC Sunshine Coast lodging of our member B&B inns.

Whistler & Blackcomb

Squamish Lil´Wat Cultural Centre (Whistler, BC)The Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont in Whistler is the centre for Culture Days activities with 8 events over three days. The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre presents The Spirit Within Festival, celebrating traditional & contemporary First Nations culture, on Saturday. The Fairmont Chateau Whistler will present Sugar Art with French Pastry Chef Laurent Bernard on Sunday.

See the Whistler & Blackcomb lodging of our member B&B inns.

LODGING

The bed and breakfast inns of BC’s Vancouver Coast and Mountains offer comfortable accommodations, singular hospitality, and locations convenient to the Culture Days events. Enjoy delicious breakfast options to begin your day of cultural activities.


More information about the events and activities are available on the British Columbia Culture Days website.

What’s Your Culture Days Expectation or Experience?

Culture Days is only in its third year but has, in that short time, grown to become one the most successful arts events in Canada.

Please share your plans for this 2012 event and memories of past Culture Days.

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