Sunday September 18, 2011

Community Event

Creative Collective

Artists Village, music, dance and free activities Oct 1 at the Cultural Centre

Released by KellyAnne TeBrinke, CACC


Sue Johnson leads fellow Middle Eastern dancers in a Free Dance performance at Community Day 2010.


ring your family to the Cultural Centre on Saturday, October 1 and be prepared to engage your hands, feet, eyes, ears and sense of wonder for a full day of participatory arts activities! There will be live performances, music and classes that you can take part in, games, community art creation, and much more! Free activities and classes run from at 11am – 5pm Saturday, October 1.

As a collaborative, Canada-wide volunteer movement, the first annual Culture Days event swept across more than 700 Canadian cities and towns in 2010, generating an extraordinary amount of enthusiasm in the process. These designated days aim to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.


This year, our own hometown of Chilliwack will be added to the roster of Culture Days’ events, debuting, Cultural Collaboration-Anniversary Celebration. Through the partnership of the Chilliwack Academy of Music, Chilliwack Community Arts Council, Chilliwack Arts & Cultural Centre Society, Chilliwack Visual Artists Association (CVAA), Chilliwack Players Guild, Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra, and British Columbia Registered Music Teachers Association, this event will present a fantastic, free day of arts and culture activities.

Highlights of the day include the CVAA hosting an "Artist Village" where a number of artists will be working in a variety of media from 11-5pm. The focus will be on "how it is done" with demonstrations and explanations by the artists.

Also on the schedule is the Chilliwack Academy of Music’s Dixieland Band that made its spectacular debut at last year’s Faculty Showcase Concert, and the Academy’s community choirs: Festival Chorus and the new and improved kid’s choir, Tayosei.


Families with young children (babies to preschool) can enjoy a complimentary Kindermusik class with Ms. Marlene in the Toddler Studio. Adults can get a sneak peak at two of the Academy’s upcoming classes: Ukulele Club and a Singer-Songwriter’s Symposium. Seniors can enjoy an hour-long Music Appreciation class with Principal Graham Yates.

School-aged children may enjoy a hands-on experience at the "Instrument Playground" generously run by Tom Lee Music. And everyone is welcome to experience a free music lesson with an Academy teacher in one of the Academy’s 18 upstairs studios.

Full details, locations and times for each activity are available at and on the day of the event at the building entrance.

FREE Activities & Classes:

11 AM - 5 PM

7 PM Piano Masterclass with Ian Parker (by donation)

8 PM The Irish Rovers (tickets $45)

About Culture Days

Launched in 2010, 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 was initiated by four Founding Partners: The Canadian Arts Summit, Culture pour tous (producer of les Journées de la culture), Canada Council for the Arts and The Banff Centre.

National partners supporting the development of Culture Days are: Lead Founding Visionary Partner Sun Life Financial, Founding Visionary Partner The Audain Foundation, Visionary Partners Aeroplan and Endeavour. Federal Government support is provided by Canadian Heritage. National Media Partners are: CBC, The Globe and Mail and St. Joseph Communications. Provincial Partners are: Government of B.C., Government of Alberta, SaskCulture, Government of

Manitoba, Government of Ontario, Ontario Arts Council, Trillium Foundation, Government of New Brunswick, Government of Prince Edward Island, Government of Newfoundland & Labrador and the Government of Northwest Territories.

To follow the development of the celebration, learn more about the Culture Days movement or to register an activity please visit For regular updates, please ‘follow’@CultureDays on Twitter, ‘like’ Culture Days on Facebook and sign up for the e-newsletter.

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