Culture Days British Columbia

Culture Days is a collaborative, Canada-wide volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.

Culture Days British Columbia is a collaborative, Canada-wide volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. The first annual Culture Days event swept across more than 700 Canadian cities and towns during the last weekend of September 2010, generating an extraordinary amount of enthusiasm in the process. Next year’s Culture Days weekend will take place on September 29, 30 & October 1. Once again, the event will feature free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind the scenes”—and to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, and designers at work in their community.

As a grassroots, collaborative movement, Culture Days British Columbia relies on your participation. Whether as an arts or cultural organization, an artist, a municipality, a school, a citizen, a business person…everyone can play a role in shaping this event. So get involved! Browse the 2016 Activities to learn more about what to expect in British Columbia as Canadians from coast to coast to coast prepare for the eighth annual Culture Days weekend this fall!

SCHEDULE:
12:00 – 1 pm
Intro to Dance Hall

1:30 – 2:30 pm
FREE AfroBeat dance workshop
Come, learn and have fun during 60 minute of dance on the African rythms such as: Coupé Décalé, Azonto, Ndombolo, Bikutsi, and more!
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3 – 4 pm
FREE DRUMMING WORKSHOP (60 minutes)
Bring your own instrument if you have one
If not let us know in advance and we will attempt to provide some for you.
*Drum rental fee is $5
e-transfer Pulchérie Email: vaccsociety@gmail.com
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WAKANDA GALA : 2nd EDITION
7:30 – 12:30
Tix: Adv. $20 Door: $30 –
Dinner: $15
FASHION SHOW, Food, Music, and Dance

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Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival

The Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival is a family friendly festival. Victoria will become a hub of busking talent with performers coming from far and wide – with a good dose of some home-grown local talent thrown in!

Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival August 30 – September 3 2018

Times Vary – full festival schedule to follow

The Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival is a  family friendly festival.  Victoria will become a hub of busking talent with performers coming from far and wide – with a good dose of some home-grown local talent thrown in! Dotted around the downtown core will be “Pitch Stop” pop-up locations where buskers will entertain and inspire. Pitch Stops across Downtown Victoria include Ship Point (Main Festival Site), The Bay Centre, Market Square, Bastion Square, Millie’s Lane (opposite Agrius Restaurant) & CRD Square.

The Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival is presented by the Downtown Victoria Business Association along with supporting partners Tourism Victoria, Greater Victoria Harbour Agency, and the Hotel Association of Greater Victoria.

India Mela

This INDIA MELA (festival) is part of ICCA’s contribution to its local community. A MELA means a gathering or a fair that incorporates arts, culture, music, food, sports and other celebratory elements.

India Mela Victoria

The India Canada Cultural Association (ICCA) is a registered, non profit society mandated to celebrate and raise awareness about the power, diversity and color of India’s rich culture – to create a stronger and more cohesive Victoria community.

The ICCA is driven by community and volunteers and it has been contributing to Victoria for more than 5 decades. In that time it has raised more than $500,000 for various charities and humanitarian efforts ranging from international earthquake relief programs to local programs like the children’s hospital and the Tour de Rock cops for cancer…

Its primary icon event is the annual VICTORIA INDIA MELA. This INDIA MELA (festival) is part of ICCA’s contribution to its local community. A MELA means a gathering or a fair that incorporates arts, culture, music, food, sports and other celebratory elements. It is a way of life in India and its an opportunity to share the richness of the Indian culture, create community partnerships and demonstrate a healthy way of life.

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Dragon Boat Festival

Our mission says it all. The Victoria Dragon Boat Festival is committed to bringing people together as individuals, as teams, and as businesses, by sharing our passion – dragon boating.

Friday, August 10

Victoria Dragon Boat Festival

1:00 pm – Eye Dotting Ceremony

Taoist priests awaken the sleeping spirits of the dragon and bless the competition

2:00pm – Canada Dry Dragon Boat Festival begins

Site open, including Forbidden Village with food trucks, retails vendors, beer garden, and family cultural activities.

7:00 pm – Live Music

8:30 pm – Live Music

A hard hitting band of young, multi-talented musicians from Victoria BC. Their sound: a tightly arranged combination of RnB, Hip Hop, soul and jazz.

9:00 pm – Lights of Courage Illumination Ceremony

Honour those who have been affected by cancer and help raise funds for research and treatment

 


Saturday, August 11

8:00 am – Races begin

Watch exciting dragon boat races from approx. 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

10:00 am – Cultural Performances

Watch cultural performances on the main stage from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

6:30 pm – Paddlers’ Air Band Contest

Costumes, dances, skits, and more – our paddlers go all out, on the water and on the stage

7:30 pm – Live Music

8:45pm – Live Music


Sunday, August 12

8:00 am – Semi-Final races begin

Watch exciting dragon boat races from approx. 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

10:00 am – Cultural Performances

Watch cultural performances on the main stage from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

3:00 pm – Award ceremonies start

Taking place on the Main Stage, staggered awards after races

The Origin of the Duan Wu (Dragon Boat) Festival

Popular legend has it that villagers carried their dumplings and boats to the middle of the river and desperately tried to save a well respected poet, Qu Yuan, from drowning, but were unsuccessful. In order to keep fish and evil spirits away from the poet’s body, they beat drums and splashed the water with their paddles.

They threw rice into the water as a food offering to Qu Yuan and to distract the fish away from his body. However, late one night, the spirit of Qu Yuan appeared before his friends and told them that he had died because of a river dragon. He asked his friends to wrap their rice into three-cornered silk packages to ward off the dragon.

These packages became a traditional food known as zongzi, although the lumps of rice are now wrapped in reed leaves instead of silk. The act of racing to search for his body in boats gradually became the cultural tradition of dragon boat races, which are held on the anniversary of the poet’s death every year.

Legacy

Today, people still eat zongzi and participate in dragon boat races to commemorate Qu Yuan’s sacrifice at the Dragon Boat Festival (Duan Wu festival) on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar.

Victoria Symphony Splash

On Sunday, August 5, 2018, tens of thousands of people will take to Victoria’s Inner Harbour for the 29th annual Victoria Symphony Splash. From a floating stage in the Inner Harbour, the VS orchestra and special guests will perform, ending with a grand finale performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture – with fireworks of course!

Victoria Symphony Orchestra - Symphony SplashOn Sunday, August 5, 2018, tens of thousands of people will take to Victoria’s Inner Harbour for the 29th annual Victoria Symphony Splash. From a floating stage in the Inner Harbour, the VS orchestra and special guests will perform, ending with a grand finale performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture – with fireworks of course!

photo credit: Kévin N (Keay

Victoria Symphony Splash is an annual Victoria Symphony event that takes place on a floating stage moored in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. It includes musical entertainment, food, souvenirs and the evening’s highlight: a live performance by the Victoria Symphony. Splash is now one of the largest annual symphony events in North America, attracting up to 40,000 Victoria residents and visitors from all over the world, some who visit Victoria just to see Splash! Over 400 volunteers help to bring the event to the community.

Mad Hatter Tea Party supporting TLC

Enter TLC’s magnificent Abkhazi Garden and emerge down the rabbit hole for an evening bursting with laughs, wit and magic. TLC’s first Mad Hatter Tea Party will be a spectacle you won’t want to miss! Themed drinks, games, live music and entertainment will bring to life Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Mad Hatter Tea Party – Tickets Available Now!

The Mad Hatter Tea Party. Enter TLC’s magnificent Abkhazi Garden and emerge down the rabbit hole for an evening bursting with laughs, wit and magic.

TLC’s first Mad Hatter Tea Party will be a spectacle you won’t want to miss! Themed drinks, games, live music and entertainment will bring to life Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Visit the 1950’s home of Prince Nicholas and Princess Peggy Abkhazi and encounter theatrical characters, play a round of croquet and indulge in delicious delicacies.

Come dressed as your favourite character from Wonderland and experience a spot of afternoon tea infused with magic. The Mad Hatter said it best, “it’s always tea-time.” The flight of fancy will include both live and silent auctions with prizes from umbrellas to whiskey tasting tours and everything in between.

Funds raised will support TLC efforts in protecting important wetlands, riparian areas, forests, greenbelts and habitat for species that call our province home. If you can’t attend the Mad Hatter Tea Party but are “curiouser and curiouser” about Abkhazi Garden, don’t dismay.

Visitors can view the historic site during regular operating hours from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily throughout the spring and summer seasons.

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Dîner en Blanc Victoria

Bonjour Victoria! After our inaugural year in 2013, Le Dîner en Blanc Victoria returns this summer to celebrate our 5th Anniversary!

Join us on July 7th, 2017 for our 5th anniversary of the much anticipated Dîner en Blanc Victoria presented by Brink Events.

photo via Diner en Blanc Victoria

Diner en Blanc combines a beautiful, iconic outdoor venue with the sophistication of a gourmet picnic.

On the evening of the event, guests gather at specific departure points around the city. Guided by Dîner en Blanc volunteers, these groups will then converge on the secret location travelling on foot and by coach. Every guest brings their own table, chairs and table setting. Guests may get creative and pack their own gourmet picnic. There are also options for guests to purchase wine from the Dîner en Blanc e-store or to choose a catered option from The London Chef, returning for the 5th year to provide three catered food options.

Highlights of the evening include the waving of a cloth napkin to mark the beginning of the dinner, the lighting of the sparklers, and a disco after the event.

Tickets are based on invitations. Sign-up for the waiting list here:

Register for Diner en Blanc

We look forward to seeing you at #DEBVic!

Visit Used.ca for more information!

About Dîner en Blanc

Launched in Paris in 1988 by François Pasquier, Dîner en Blanc has become a worldwide phenomenon celebrated on five continents. Dîner en Blanc – Paris now attracts nearly 15,000 people each year.

While the technology behind the event may have changed over the years, the principles fuelling this fantastic event have not: guests continue to gather at a secret location for the sole purpose of sharing a gourmet meal with good friends in one of their city’s most beautiful public spaces.

Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Dîner en Blanc International is responsible for developing this secret posh picnic in over 50 cities in more than 20 countries around the world. Each event is headed by passionate local organizers who fell in love with the concept and wanted to bring it to their city, giving this rendezvous a local flair.

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We look forward to seeing you this summer, Victoria–Au revoir pour le moment!

Cool Aid Society 50th Anniversary

Cook Aid's 50th AnniversaryCool Aid’s 50th Anniversary celebrating 50 years of service! 

Join us at Cool Aid’s 50th Anniversary Love-in Revival and celebrate 50 years since the first Love In back in 1968!
This FREE event will offer face-painting and SKAM Pop-up theater for kids, artisan tables to buy arts & crafts, food trucks and more. All are welcome to participate in on our outdoor yoga sessions happening at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. We’ll also have live music and plenty of dancing. Performers include:
Vic Horvath
Felicia Harding
Nic Bristow
Fred Roland
Corrine & Bryan
Spiral Swing Band
Come show your love!
Sunday, July 22nd
12pm to 4pm
Centennial Square

Homelessness touches many lives at a significant cost to communities. The Cool Aid Society has been a key player in the work to end homelessness in the Capital Region for decades and, with your help, is developing 360 more apartments for people who are currently homeless.

Mission

We act to end homelessness by working in partnership with others to develop community-based solutions.  We are committed to working in a non-judgmental way with adults experiencing marginalization in Greater Victoria by advocating for and providing emergency shelter, supportive housing, integrated health care and other support services.

Our Vision

The Victoria Cool Aid Society acts to end homelessness and improve our quality of life by working with others to build a community where:

  • No one is forced to sleep on the street or go hungry.
  • Everyone who needs supportive housing is getting it.
  • Integrated health care service to treat illness and promote wellness is provided.
  • Integrated services are provided to those with mental health and addiction issues.

Eats & Beats at the Beach

Don’t miss the best beach party of the summer!

The 4th Annual Eats & Beats at the Beach happens Saturday, July 7, 2018. Nothing says summer like a party at the beach with your toes in the sand and a cold one in your hand.

Celebrate summer on Colwood’s breathtaking ocean beach with live music, great local food, and FREE fun stuff happening on sand, sea and sky.

– Sample hot eats from favourite local food trucks
– Live music on stage all day long
– Cold beverages served beachside
– Flex your muscles on the climbing wall
– Try a kayak, stand up paddle board or Hobie Eclipse pedal board
– Stroll along the street market
– Watch incredible driftwood art come to life and so much more!!

Watch for Vendor and Musician announcements soon!

www.colwood.ca/EatsnBeats

Victoria Indigenous Cultural Festival

Join the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations in celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day with music, dance, food and the arts and best of all, it’s all FREE!
11AM – 5:30PM daily
Vibrant stage performances
Authentic Indigenous artisan marketplace
Daily canoe tours
Indigenous cuisine and more

Victoria Indigenous Cultural Festival

Join the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations in celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day with music, dance, food and the arts and best of all, it’s all FREE!

11AM – 5:30PM daily

  • Vibrant stage performances
  • Authentic Indigenous artisan marketplace
  • Daily canoe tours
  • Indigenous cuisine and more