A behind the scenes look at the Ambleside Orchestra's rehearsal process is one of hundreds of free events taking place across the region and throughout British Columbia at this year's BC Culture Days.
A behind the scenes look at the Ambleside Orchestra's rehearsal process is one of hundreds of free events taking place across the region and throughout British Columbia at this year's BC Culture Days.

Culture Days, Canada’s annual celebration of the arts, returns this month offering hundreds of free events for the public to get a hands-on and behind-the-scenes look at arts and culture in our communities.

Celebrating its 10th year, this year’s BC Culture Days (September 27-29) explores the intersection of creativity, the arts, and well-being.

“Creative expression is vital for the health and wellness of a community,” says BC Culture Days manager Nazanin Shoja in a media release. “We are proud to shine a light on the essential role arts and culture play across the province to boost community engagement, foster deeper social connections, and build an understanding and appreciation for the collective artistic experience.”

With so many activities to choose from over its three days, including the official kick-off on September 28, we’ve put together a list of five events around the Lower Mainland we think you should check out. For a complete listing of events in your community visit culturedays.ca.

1. Arts Club Fun House (Sep 27)

Ever wondered what it takes to put together a theatrical performance? From costumes to lighting, Vancouver’s largest professional theatre company opens the doors to the BMO Theatre Centre (162 West 1st Ave, Vancouver) for an interactive behind-the-scenes look at the many of the aspects of how the theatre works. More info: culturedays.ca.

2. Ballet BC Open Rehearsal (Sep 27)

Our city’s largest professional ballet company invites audiences inside the rehearsal room at The Dance Centre (677 Davie St, Vancouver) as members of the company give you a look at the creation process. More info: culturedays.ca.

3. Andy the Musical Scientist (Sep 28)

In this event designed for children 8 and under at the ArtStarts Gallery (808 Richards St, Vancouver), the Musical Scientist (aka Andrew Kim) uses hand-made instruments and humour to demonstrate the use of technology in music, scientific principles of sound, and even a message about recycling. More info: culturedays.ca.

4. Behind the Scenes with Ambleside Orchestra (Sep 28)

Over on the North Shore, go behind the scenes with conductor Nicolas Krusek and the Ambleside Orchestra at the Kay Meek Centre (1700 Mathers Ave, West Vancouver) for a look at the rehearsal process. More info: culturedays.ca.

5. Surrey Civic Theatres Celebrate Culture Days (Sep 28)

Surrey Civic Theatres takes over Guilford Town Centre’s centre court (10355 152 St, Surrey, BC) for a sneak peek at its 2019-2020 season including music, dance, and a look at Axis Theatre’s indigenous tale Th’owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish. More info: culturedays.ca.

The 10th annual BC Culture days runs September 27 – 29 at locations across the Lower and Mainland and British Columbia. Visit culturedays.ca for the complete line-up of events in your community.