BC Culture Days invites British Columbians to experience the ‘unexpected intersections’ of creative connection and artistic discovery during its 11th annual celebration of arts and culture, September 25 to October 25, 2020.
BC Culture Days 2020
- New this year, BC Culture Days will last a full month
- The lineup includes free, interactive events and activities hosted at socially distanced venues and live streamed events through a growing digital hub.
- BC Culture Days offers a wide selection of diverse content to suit all levels of comfort and accessibility as communities navigate the complexities of COVID-19.
BC Culture Days 2020 will officially kick off with a 45-minute virtual event on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 4:00pm, hosted by the City of North Vancouver. The cultural event will feature performances by local artists, South Asian, Persian, and First Nations dancers, an Indigenous welcome ceremony by Dennis Thomas-Whonoak of Tsleil-Waututh Nation, messages from Minister of Tourism, Sports and Culture Lisa Beare and the City of North Vancouver Mayor Linda Buchanan, and introductory video clips from all five ambassadors.
Culture Days raises the awareness, accessibility, participation, and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. It is a collaborative movement dedicated to providing free, hands-on, and interactive arts and culture activities to cities and towns across Canada.
From in-person painting and paper-making demonstrations to livestreamed plant ink and comic book workshops, from musical recordings to self-guided art and agricultural tours, the month-long celebration allows visitors to virtually criss-cross the country exploring the unexpected intersections of creative collaboration.
“It is through creative curiosity that we gain a deeper appreciation for our world, for our community, and about ourselves,” says BC Culture Days Manager Nazanin Shoja. “A collective artistic experience offers a beacon of hope to those who are struggling—boosting community engagement, deepening social bonds, and reflecting a future full of possibility. By expanding this year’s celebration to a full month of innovative partnerships and unconventional mashups, we hope even greater numbers of British Columbians will be drawn to experience the transformative power of the arts.”
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 awareness and boosting participation in their own communities, coupled with virtually across Canada.
- Coral Santana (Vancouver) — Artivism: Sex and The Unheard
- The Afro-Latina writer and activist will produce a livestream festival, highlighting the connections between minority experiences and sex, sexuality and body ownership. Activities will include live music, comedy, spoken word, aphrodisiac cuisine, and burlesque.
- Damian John (Ymir) — Exploring Reconciliation Through Creativity
- An acrylic/graphic painter, poet and member of the Tl’azt’en First Nation, Damian will host an interactive presentation exploring the history and experience of First Nations peoples in Canada. Participants will be encouraged to create artwork inspired by their thoughts and experiences, informed by both the presentation and their own personal journey.
- Molly Beatrice (Victoria) — Queer and Trans Youth Cabaret
- The queer emerging theatre artist, director, and producer will facilitate a 10-week performing arts workshop with queer, trans, and gender non-conforming youth in the Victoria area, culminating in a cabaret performed by the youth and hosted over Zoom.
- Edward Fu-Chen Juan (Vancouver) — Plant Ink Extraction Outdoor Artist Demo (Vancouver), Foraged Ink for Printmaking (Sechelt), Artist Panel and Ink Extraction Demonstration (Powell River), Gallery Opening at Tidal Art Centre (Lund)
- The printmaking artist, whose work bridges traditional artisanal skills with contemporary art practices, will offer a guided tour and workshop on how to turn foraged native plant specimens into ink material for silkscreen printmaking, thereby highlighting the importance of conservation.
- Bambi (Revelstoke) — Behind the wall: The making of a collective mural (Kelowna)
- Based on a game of “exquisite corpse,” in which each participant consecutively adds to an artwork one element at a time, the French-Canadian graphic designer will collaborate with the Kelowna-area Francophone community on August 28th and 29th and will repeat the process with the Revelstoke community on September 25th to produce a collective line art and painting piece.
Ambassadors will explore their distinct artform in unexpected ways, pushing traditional boundaries to discover new cultural understandings. Each ambassador will be paired with a mentor to help steer their creative journey over three months, supported by provincial partner C*SARN (Canadian Senior Artists Resources Network) and The Hamber Foundation.
For a full and every-growing schedule of events visit the digital hub online and follow BC Culture Days on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.