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Whistler hosts BC Culture Days Sept 29-Oct 2
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he Resort Municipality of Whistler has officially proclaimed September 30, October 1 and October 2, 2017 as BC Culture Days. In celebration of this annual, pan-Canadian event, Audain Art Museum will be kicking off the eighth annual Culture Days weekend as host of the official BC Culture Days Provincial Launch event on September 28.

“The Audain Art Museum is thrilled to be celebrating Whistler’s amazing arts and culture community by hosting the official Provincial Launch of BC Culture Days," said Marketing and Communications Manager of the Audain Art Museum Justine Nichol. "The event will bring together a diverse group of local arts and culture enthusiasts to showcase culture, heritage, local music, entertainment and live art.”

The launch festivities will include speeches, musical performances, light refreshments, a youth art challenge and after-hours gallery access to the Audain Art Museum.

The evening will begin with opening remarks by the Audain Art Museum and a traditional First Nations welcome, featuring a drumming performance and traditional song presented by four Squamish and Lil'wat Cultural Centre ambassadors. The ceremony will also include speakers, Judy Robertson, BC Culture Days Task Force Chair, and Maureen Douglas, Arts Whistler Executive Director, followed by the launch of the youth art challenge.

The youth art challenge will see artists, aged 13 - 18, compete in a live art competition in which participants will have a mere hour to complete a piece of art. The public is invited to witness the creativity of Whistler's youth, as young artists showcase their talents in a gallery environment.

Throughout the evening, guests will have access to the Audain Art Museum's Permanent Collection of British Columbia Art and Special Exhibitions, free of charge. The public will also be treated to the musical talents of
Jocelyn Pettit, fiddler and BC Culture Days ambassador, as well as local DJ Ace Mackay-Smith

Culture Days was conceived in response to the growing recognition that a vibrant arts and cultural sector contributes directly to a healthy and economically-diverse society. Individual artists, cultural groups, organizations, municipalities, and festivals offer free, participatory, and interactive arts and cultural activities during the Culture Days weekend each year. Culture Days represents the largest-ever collective public participation campaign undertaken by the arts and cultural community in Canada.


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