Kootenay artists invited to share their culture

Culture tour registration now open

For a dozen years, artists in the Kootenays have been sharing their work and their homes with the larger world in the annual Columbia Basin Culture Tour. And they’re being invited to do so again.

The call is out for artists to register in this year’s Culture Tour, a celebration of culture taking place Aug. 8 and 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The self-guided tour showcases local arts, culture and heritage offered at no charge to the general public. “Arts” includes visual, written, performing, media and inter-arts. Participating as a venue allows you to connect with locals, develop a wider audience, educate the public about what you do, sell your art, and attract visitors to your community.

The tour lets visitors visit artists’ studios that may not regularly be open to the public, purchase work directly from artists, and visit galleries, museums and cultural centres to view special displays, archives, demonstrations or performances. It is also a chance to meet the people behind the scenes who are such a vital part of our local culture.

Full colour tour directories will be available free as a guide to visit your location. Signage, posters and postcards are provided to promote your participation. Display ads and media coverage widely promote the event, and your web page profile will remain for the rest of the year to list your contact info and business hours outside of the event.

Final registration deadline is April 15. Register by March 31 at a reduced rate.

Participating individuals and venues must be located in the Canadian Columbia Basin. Although not in the Basin, the communities of Grand Forks and Christina Lake are again invited to participate this year.

To register visit: cbculturetour.com. For information call: 1-250-505-5505 or toll free at 1-877-505-7355.

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