Nicole Dupuis’ Rain Collector is a dance installation celebrating the ritual of the water cycle that plays as part of the Firehall Arts Centre BC Buds Spring Arts Festival. Photo by Annika Hagen.
Nicole Dupuis’ Rain Collector is a dance installation celebrating the ritual of the water cycle that plays as part of the Firehall Arts Centre BC Buds Spring Arts Festival. Photo by Annika Hagen.

The Firehall Arts Centre’s annual celebration of established and emerging British Columbia artists returns in May with four days of new and experimental performances that literally takes over every nook and cranny of the venue.

Essentially turning the facility into a giant arts factory, BC Buds will feature over 30 different music, theatre, dance and interdisciplinary artists as they explore this year’s theme of Myth, Magic and Mystery.

Included are new play readings from the likes of Jordan Hall and TJ Dawe, plus a reworked version of Sally Stubbs’ Kid Gloves, now named And Bella Sang With Us.  In the dance and music category performances will include Red Moon, a new music and voice collaboration and Rain Collector, a dance installation celebrating the ritual of the water cycle that takes place in the Firehall’s courtyard.  Sunday includes kid-friendly programming.

In honour of its tenth anniversary, we bring you three favourite moments of where our minds immediately went when we first heard about BC Buds.

BC Buds is free to the public and runs May 7-11.  Visit http://firehallartscentre.ca for the complete line-up.