From September 29 to October 1, celebrate BC Culture Days, a series of free activities that invite the public to participate in arts and culture in their communities. Here are seven events from around the province to teach, entertain, engage and inspire this Culture Days weekend.
"Spot the Salmon" Public Art Scavenger Hunt
Here's a Culture Days event that works out your brain, works out your legs, and best of all, puts you in the running for some cool prizes. Track down Coquitlam's 12 salmon sculptures and answer some trivia about each of the fish. The grand prize for the best public art angler includes a $100 gift card to Coquitlam Centre, $100 art pack from Opus Art Supplies and four all-day Compass ride passes. You've got to register, though, so make sure to sign up by the end of Thursday, Sept. 28. More information here.
(Coquitlam: Sept. 29 - Oct. 3.)
Community Film Night Showing of We Were Children
You're invited to this free showing of We Were Children, the 2012 Canadian documentary examining the impacts of residential schools through the stories of two survivors, Lyna Hart and Glen Anaquod. For more than 130 years, 100,000 Indigenous children were separated from their families and forced to attend government-funded schools, where they endured physical and sexual abuse and the erasure of their culture. The event is presented in partnership with Fort Nelson First Nation and coincides with Orange Shirt Day, a day of reconciliation meant to open conversation on Canada's residential schools.
(Fort Nelson: Sept. 30.)
Fused Glass Tile Workshop
If you've never worked with glass before, here's a cool (read: very hot) opportunity. Terry Dunstan welcomes all comers to the Vernon Community Arts Centre, where he'll teach the basics on how to create your own fused glass tiles. Space is limited so register via email today. All ages welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult.
(Vernon: Sept. 30.)
Nuit Blanche Kelowna - Kick Off Concert
There's something for everyone at this free outdoor extravaganza, which launches the weekend-long Nuit Blanche Festival. The event starts with music by Isaac Balson and Joshua Smith, before segueing into an interdisciplinary circus performance featuring Isabelle Kirouac and Nayana Fjeklov. The event ends with Kinshira's dazzling "glow show." Presented by Le centre culturel francophone.
(Kelowna: Sept. 29.)
SSNAP Parallel Art Show
The free exhibition showcases the work of 50 local Salt Spring artists. The artists meet daily in the gallery to discuss their work with the public. This is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in one of BC's more vibrant creative communities. The exhibition runs into October, but be sure to catch the opening reception this Culture Days weekend.
(Salt Spring Island: Sept. 29 - Oct. 22; reception: Sept. 30.)
Toddler and Kid Friendly Exploration and Touch Tours
Nanaimo Museum offers a program of tours, activities and crafts for small people. Participate in a touch tour (where you get to actually touch some of the artifacts in the museum), play heritage dress-up with outfits from the 1900s, and visit the museum's "century classroom." This is a fantastic weekend event for the kid in your life who likes to take a hands-on approach to learning, or simply anyone you know who's ever wanted to go into a museum and touch everything.
(Nanaimo: Sept. 30.)
VPD Lion Dance Performance at the Vancouver Police Museum
Starting this Saturday, September 30, the last Saturday of every month is #ScotFreeSaturday at the Vancouver Police Museum & Archives. That means you get to visit the museum by donation (if you can manage) or free (if you can't). You'll feel like you robbed the bank! For the inaugural #ScotFreeSaturday on Culture Days weekend, you'll be treated to a show from the Vancouver Police Department Lion Dance Team.
(Vancouver: Sept. 30.)
For more information on what's happening in your neck of the woods this weekend, check out the BC Culture Days website.