Submitted. Fraser Valley residents will join the thousands of Canadian communities participating in the annual Culture Days celebration, September 29, 30 and October 1.
BC Culture Days showcases the province’s vibrant arts and cultural communities, offering free, hands-on and interactive activities to the public. The Culture Days weekend acts as a multi-level national awareness campaign to inspire and catalyze greater public participation in arts, culture and heritage year-round.
This year, artists, artisans, historians, community organizers and arts enthusiasts from across the province will play host to more than 100,000 participants eager to experience a ‘behind-the-scenes’ look into the lives of local creatives.
“There is so much to see and experience for people of all ages at this year’s Culture Days celebrations in the Fraser Valley,” said Mission Culture Resources Commission Chair Val Billesberger. “In Mission, the Leq’a:mel First Nation and Stó:lō Tourism will kick off this year’s festivities on Friday, September 29, with a drumming ceremony and tours of national historic site Xá:ytem. Culture Days is truly a unique opportunity for our community to collectively share and discover their rich cultural heritage, creativity and artistry.”
Currently, there are more than 400 activities already registered for Culture Days across B.C. representing a wide range of disciplines and cultural interests, including visual arts, music, dance, theatre, architecture, heritage, film and video, literature, culinary arts and multi-media.
ACTIVITY HIGHLIGHTS: Culture Days in the Fraser Valley will feature activities in Mission, Langley, Fort Langley, Aldergrove, Chilliwack, Hope, Yale and Abbotsford.
This year, bear witness to a Traditional Coast Salish House Post Raising Ceremony in Abbotsford; find your rhythm and Celebrate Dance at the City of Langley Library; take a spooky historical tour in Mission with Walk Among Us : Tour of Oblates of Mary Immaculate Cemetery; enjoy a visual feast of art, crafts and designs at the 3rd Annual Culture Crawl at the Mission Library; or explore a multitude of art disciplines at Cultural Collaboration 2017 in Chilliwack.
Visit BC.CultureDays.ca for information on other programming for the region.