It’s that time of the year where Canadians attend thousands of free arts and culture activities around the country. In its eleventh year, Culture Days partners with some of Canada’s largest arts organizations to connect artists with the public and to foster an appreciation for art and culture. This year’s theme is re:imagine.
“Re:imagine signals a positive turning point — the commitment to building tangible change into the future of arts and culture.”
The event kicks off on Friday, September 24 and continues for 30 days. There are many virtual and in-person events across the country, but we’re going to highlight ones found right in your backyard.
Here are some Culture Days highlights happening in Richmond, Parksville, and Nanaimo.
Unique Interactive Events in Richmond
Make your own drum and take part in a taiko drumming interactive workshop with Uzume Taiko Studio. Follow instructions to build your own taiko drum with everyday supplies and meet virtually to learn some basic drumming drills. Taiko drumming is a fun all-ages activity that combines martial arts, music, and dance. Start gathering your supplies and get ready to unleash your inner drummer!
The Richmond Museum is opening up its storage of over 20,000 artefacts and wants to find you your perfect match. Keep your eyes peeled on their Facebook page between October 4 and 6 for an event update. Leave a comment on their post about what you’re interested in, and curatorial staff will then find your perfect artefact match! Visit Richmond Museum’s full artefact collection here.
Passionate about Visual Arts in Parksville
Organized by the MacMillan Arts Centre, the Exquisite Corpse collaborative painting project happens “blind” with 30 artists and 10 canvases. Based on a game invented in Paris in 1925, each canvas is divided into 3 sections – the head, torso, and feet – and each artist takes a turn painting 1 section without seeing what the others have painted. The in-person unveiling and silent auction happens on Saturday, October 2 where the paintings — and artists — will be revealed.
Called the 3D Anamorphic Street Art Project, a group of 30 local school children will work together to create large-scale 3D artwork for the public to enjoy. The children will have 4 hours to work together to execute their anamorphic ocean-themed piece using oil pastels. Once it’s complete, the children will have an opportunity to pose with their dynamic piece in a professional photo-op. Check out the dates and times for this unique community event here.
Self-Guided Walking Tours in Nanaimo
There’s an incredible line up of self-guided historic walking tours in Nanaimo. You can learn all about the history of Nanaimo’s waterfront, the post-World War II economic transformation, what life was like in early Nanaimo — among many others.
Using the On This Spot app, you’re taken on a virtual tour back in time. At each spot in the tour, you get a glimpse into what it was like to be standing there in a moment from the past. Use the built-in camera feature to take your own then-and-now photos as a digital souvenir.
Here’s an extra tip — participate in the Nanaimo Museum’s Then/Now photo contest and pick up a free photo print!
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