Part of a national movement to celebrate arts and culture, the annual BC Culture Days will take place around Metro Vancouver on the last weekend of September.

A grassroots national celebration of arts, culture and heritage, Culture Days has allowed millions of Canadians to take part in tens of thousands of free activities and performances over its history. Sharing inspiration, artistry, creativity and expression reflective of the Canadian mosaic in every province and territory across the country, the events taking place September 28-30 mark the ninth anniversary of Culture Days.

During the Culture Days weekend, people from across Canada, the province, and around Vancouver are invited to take part in thousands of free, hands-on and behind-the-scenes events including workshops, open rehearsals, tours, collaborative art projects and panel discussions. All of the events are hosted by local arts groups, individuals and municipalities.

While BC Culture Days will showcase hundreds of community-specific, grassroots events in every corner of our province, there is an impressive lineup scheduled closer to home.

Here a few highlights scheduled around the Greater Vancouver area. A searchable list of all the events can also be found online at bc.culturedays.ca.

Behind the Scenes with Ballet BC
Friday, September 28, 3:15pm – 6:15pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street, Vancouver

Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes to translate an abstract vision into a powerful, thought-provoking dance on stage? Join Ballet BC for an open rehearsal featuring works-in-progress from their 2018/19 season.

Spend a Day at the Opera
Saturday, September 29, 1pm – 3pm
The O’Brian Centre for Vancouver Opera, 1945 McLean Drive, Vancouver

Join Vancouver Opera for an interactive day at the opera where you will learn the ins and outs of this multidisciplinary art form. From personal testimonies and stories from singers and artists, to hands-on training, these mini workshops will demonstrate the day-to-day life on the job as a professional opera singer.

Poets in the Kitchen
Saturday, September 29, 1pm­ – 4pm
North Vancouver Community Arts Council, 335 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver

Based on YouTube series, Poets in the Kitchen​, Johnny D Trinh will invite guest artists to participate in a live cooking tutorial and art performance. Audiences can watch live or join the live stream to participate.

Musical Instrument Petting Zoo
Sunday, September 30, 10:30 am – 1pm
Richmond Cultural Centre Atrium, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond

The Richmond Youth Orchestra’s Musical Instrument Petting Zoo will give children and youth an opportunity to try out orchestral instruments with help from RDYO musicians and alumni.

Martin Mayer Piano Concert
Friday, September 28 & Saturday, September 29, 7pm – 7:30pm
šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn (formerly QET Plaza), Vancouver
Martin Mayer brings his sold-out China concert tour to BC Culture Days for an ‘East Meets West’ piano concert. Join Martin for a cross-cultural performance featuring his original music, world-famous songs, and popular Chinese hits.