Culture Days are coming to Surrey, White Rock, and Delta.
The nationwide event runs for three weeks each September-October.
“Culture Days is a network of events, presentations, activities, workshops, and more, all aimed at showcasing, sharing, and exploring the artistic and cultural essence of each participating community,” reads a press release from B.C. Culture Days, the local group administering B.C.’s part of the festival.
There are more than 350 events scheduled across 50 B.C. communities.
“We are elated to witness how Culture Days organizers throughout the province are embracing the theme of accessibility in the arts,” said Nazanin Shoja, B.C. Culture Days program director. “We anticipate that our events will foster a heightened awareness about inclusive practices in cultural programming, contributing to a more inclusive and diverse artistic community in B.C.”
The 14th annual festival features several events in Surrey, White Rock, and Delta.
Some highlights include: Hear Our Voices, an art and poetry workshop, to be held at UNITI - Semiahmoo House Society on Sept. 23 from 2 - 4 p.m. Culture Days Celebrates: Dominican Republic will be held at the Museum of Surrey on Oct. 14 from 1 - 4 p.m. Band-Aid Youth Musician Jam Session is set for the Clayton Community Centre Oct. 14 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Further south, the White Rock Arts Festival - Culture Crawl will take place at the White Rock Community Centre Oct. 14 - 15, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on both days.
Delta will host Heritage Week Scavenger Hunt in South Delta at Douglas J. Husband Discovery Centre on Sept. 24 from 12 - 4 p.m. And the event Inkwelltold will be hosted at North Delta Centre for the Arts on Sept. 23 from 4 - 6 p.m.
“Numerous municipal and arts organizations have dedicated extensive effort to create Culture Days hubs tailored to their audiences and communities,” Shoja added. “We’re delighted to witness a rise in registered new hubs and events throughout Metro Vancouver.”
Culture Days has become the largest cultural event in Canada, attracting millions of annual attendees to thousands of free activities and performances hosted by artists, cultural organizations and municipalities in hundreds of communities across Canada.
According to culturedays.ca, “Culture Days is a national celebration of arts and culture. At the end of each September, millions of people attend thousands of free participatory arts and culture events across the country both in-person and online. Culture Days programs invite the public to get hands-on and behind-the-scenes to highlight the importance of arts and culture in our communities.”
This year Culture Days runs from Sept. 22 t0 Oct. 15.
Visit culturedays.ca for more info.
Follow B.C. Culture Days on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter via @BCCultureDays.