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.

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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. 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 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!

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The UrbaCity Challenge

The UrbaCity Challenge is Victoria’s own urban adventure race! Teams compete in a free-form course, deciding their own route and completing unique challenges as they go. Heritage buildings and boutique shops are the backdrop for amazing feats of physical prowess and mental agility!

UrbaCityThe UrbaCity Challenge is Victoria’s own urban adventure race! Teams compete in a free-form course, deciding their own route and completing unique challenges as they go. Heritage buildings and boutique shops are the backdrop for amazing feats of physical prowess and mental agility! No one knows just what the challenges will be, and time is limited, so racers have to be quick on their feet in more ways than one. All fundraising pledges go directly to Victoria’s own Island Prostate Centre.

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Urban Food-Garden Tour

Self-guided tour – your choice of more than 15 inspiring home food gardens. Talk with home gardeners and expert-gardener volunteers about year-round food production, growing big food in small spaces, vegetables, bees, chickens, fruit trees, soil, sustainable water use and more.

Urban Food-Garden Tour

Self-guided tour – your choice of more than 15 inspiring home food gardens. Talk with home gardeners and expert-gardener volunteers about year-round food production, growing big food in small spaces, vegetables, bees, chickens, fruit trees, soil, sustainable water use and more. Get informed, be inspired! A fundraiser for sustainable food production, local and global: Haliburton Community Farm 1UP-Single Parent Resource Centre Hleketani Community Garden, South Africa

Tickets: $15 (under 15 free) at GardenWorks, brownpapertickets.com, or email jopifarm@gmail.com

Web: vicurbanfoodgardens.wixsite.com/tour
Facebook: www.facebook.com/victoriaurbanfoodgardens/

Sponsors: City of Victoria, Saanich Flavour Trails, CRFAIR, Vancity, 1Up, Maslany Creative

Email: jopifarm@gmail.com

 

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The Victoria International Chalk Festival

Welcome to Canada’s largest street painting festival! Our family friendly, free-to-attend arts celebration presents some of the world’s top street painters (including 3D chalk art) as well as those from across British Columbia and our local region at Ship Point in the Inner Harbour & The Bay Centre.

Victoria International Chalk Festival - PlayInVictoriaThis year we will again present our festival at Victoria’s Waterfront! Please note that although our official festival dates are Saturday and Sunday, September 9th and 10th, our 3D artists will begin their five day chalk painting on Wednesday, September 6th in order to complete their work by the end of our festival weekend.

This year we are moving our large 20′ x 20′ 3D painting out of the Bay Centre, so stay tuned for more details on where you can find it in 2017!

Our society was established in early 2012 and is dedicated to promoting the cultural vibrancy of downtown Victoria while highlighting the rich cultural traditions of our First Nation’s community. It is an honour for us to present our street painting festival on the traditional territory of the Coast Salish People of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations.

 

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Photo: Brad Edwards Photography

The Victoria International Chalk Art Festival is primarily funded through government grants and corporate sponsorships. Through year round collaborative efforts within our community, we also receive significant in-kind assistance through various community partners who provide us with everything from lodgings assistance for our selected out-of-town artists to road closure materials. In addition we take this opportunity to acknowledge the many volunteers who each year make our festival possible through the generous donation of their time. Our volunteers perform duties that include everything from airport pickups and deliveries of visiting artists to being information booth attendants over our festival weekend.

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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.

Victoria Dragon Boat FestivalAugust 18 | 1 p.m. Eye-Dotting Ceremony August 19 | 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
August 20 | 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Inner Harbour and Ship Point

Friday

1:00 pmEye Dotting Ceremony

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


Saturday

8:00 amRaces begin

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

6:30 pmPaddlers’ Air Band Contest

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

9:00 pmLights of Courage Illumination Ceremony

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


Sunday

8:00 amSemi-Final races begin

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

1:30 pmAward ceremonies 

Taking place on the Main Stage every 15 to 30 minutes, approx. 45 minutes after your final race

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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.

photo credit: kevin dooley via photopin (license)

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Victoria Symphony Splash

On Sunday, August 6, 2017, tens of thousands of people will take to Victoria’s Inner Harbour for the 28th 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 6, 2017, tens of thousands of people will take to Victoria’s Inner Harbour for the 28th 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 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.

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Nanaimo Marine Festival & Bathtub Race

Since the inaugral race of 1967, the City of Nanaimo has been home to the Great International World Championship Bathtub Race and Nanaimo Marine Festival.

Help celebrate the 51st race and another whirlwind weekend including launch partystreet fairkids zonevendors and much more!

MAFFEO SUTTON PARK & SWY-A-LANA LAGOON PARK Downtown Nanaimo

Free events for the whole family all weekend include Arts & Crafts Fair, Kiddies Karnival, Food Vendors, a children’s Craft Tent, Born on a Board Wakeboard competition and more.

Friday July 21st: 4PM-11PM
Saturday July 22nd: 9AM-11PM
Sunday July 23rd: 10AM-5PM

KING NEPTUNE DANCE
Maffeo Sutton Park

Friday July 21st

Performers To Be Announced
General Tickets : TO BE ANNOUNCED
Kids 16 and under : $15

** General Tickets will be $60 on the day (if any available)

Tickets can be bought online (COMING SOON)

BATHTUB DAYS STREET FAIR
Downtown Nanaimo

Friday July 21st & Saturday July 22nd

Engaging performances and buskers will be keeping the streets alive with music, acts and dancing all day. Don’t miss the three-block vendor market. Diana Krall Plaza will be home to the Kid’s Zone and plenty of entertainment.

SHAW SAILPAST ON WHEELS PARADE
Downtown Nanaimo

Saturday July 22nd : 10:30AM

The SHAW Sailpast is a fun parade featuring the World’s Largest Bathtub, showcasing the racing Tubs and their sponsors and a variety of Community, Commercial and Military entries.

BATHTUB WEEKEND BEER GARDENS
Maffeo Sutton Park

This year’s Molsons Beer Gardens in Maffeo Sutton Park.

Friday July 21st: 4-10PM
Saturday July 22nd: 12-7PM
Sunday July 23rd: 11AM-4PM

QUALITY FOODS FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS FIREWORKS
Nanaimo Harbour

Saturday July 22nd: 10PM

Award-winning fireworks display simulcast to music on 102.3 FM The Wave. It’s a signature event as part of the Nanaimo Marine Festival, the night before the World Championship Bathtub Races.

51st WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BATHTUB RACE
Georgia Strait

Sunday July 23rd: 11AM-4PM

Again this year, the race will start and end in Nanaimo Harbour. The finish line is below the Frank Ney statue at Maffeo Sutton park!

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33rd Islands Folk Folk Festival

The Cowichan Folk Guild (CFG) will proudly present the 33rd Islands Folk Festival on July 21 – 23, 2017 at Providence Farm in Duncan, BC.

33rd Annual Islands Folk Festival

The Cowichan Folk Guild (CFG) will proudly present the 33rd Islands Folk Festival on July 21 – 23, 2017 at Providence Farm in Duncan, BC. For directions, click here.  Music lovers from all over Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands are invited to join this celebration of music, featuring all the best elements of a homegrown folk festival.

Adult Advance Weekend Passes are $125 plus GST –
Youth (over 12/under 19) passes are $62.50 plus GST        
Children under 13 get in free

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Eats & Beats at the Beach

The 3rd Annual Eats & Beats at the Beach happens Saturday, July 15, 2017. Celebrate summer on our breathtaking ocean beach with live music, great local food, and FREE fun stuff happening on sand, sea and sky.

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

The 3rd Annual Eats & Beats at the Beach happens Saturday, July 15, 2017. Celebrate summer on our breathtaking ocean beach with live music, great local food, and FREE fun stuff happening on sand, sea and sky.

Stay tuned for NEW activity announcements!

SERVING UP HOT EATS:

JUMA | CHOLO TACO | MAI MAI’S | DISCOVERY COFFEE | ROAD TREASURE TREATS | DEADBEETZ | JUSU JUICE | GREEK ON THE STREET | GRILLED TO THE MAC | RED BARNBQ | THE CRISPY FISH and more to come!

LAYING DOWN COOL BEATS:

– THE COUNTY LINE rocks a modern, country vibe with blazing guitars and tight harmonies featuring male & female lead vocals.
– DUG NUGGET is all about high energy, ruckus, folk music complete with banjos and harmonicas.
– ANGE HEHR: popular tunes you know and love sung by the powerfully talented and engaging Ange.

More musician announcements soon!

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