Ninth Annual BC Culture Days to launch in Nelson

The event begins at Hall Street Plaza and ends at City Hall courtyard

BC Culture Days will be hosting a provincial launch in Nelson, B.C. on Wednesday, September 19, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The event begins at Hall Street Plaza and ends at City Hall courtyard with speeches by local and provincial dignitaries and performances by groups including the Rhythm Ropers, In the Sticks, the Community Band, Orkastar, John Galm, Front Street Dance, Dance Umbrella, and Dance Fusion.

Launch schedule

4:00 p.m.

Live performances by In the Sticks, Blayne the Juggler, John Galm (steel pan drums), Rhythm Ropers, and Moving Mosaic Band

4:40 p.m.

Participant and performers’ parade from Hall Street Plaza to City Hall courtyard, including a flashmob composed of amateur and professional dancers

5:00 p.m.

Mayor Kozak and proclamations

5:40 p.m.

Dance party at City Hall courtyard

The launch event is presented by Nelson and District Arts Council, the Civic Theatre and Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism.

For nine years, BC Culture Days has showcased community-driven arts and cultural engagement in B.C. as part of national Culture Days across Canada.

More Nelson events

• Rural Artist Support Weekend

Friday and Sunday, Sept.29 and 30, various times

The Rural Artist Support Weekend is a two-day symposium, consisting of six sessions and two roundtables that cover various business topics that artists find challenging to conquer so they can become more confident in their business practices. The sessions are free of charge and open to the public.

The Civic Theatre, 719 Vernon St.

• Conflict Studies

Friday Sept. 28 to Sunday, Sept. 30, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

A socially engaged art exhibition that explores the notions of conflict, disagreement, and tension as important elements in engaging in everyday civic life. The exhibition will be catalyzed by a series of one-on-one interviews between Justin Langlois and selected participants over a glass of specially brewed “Conflict Ale.”

Oxygen Art Centre, 3 – 320 Vernon St.

• Two Woman Crime Spree Panel Discussion

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Live reading and interactive panel discussion featuring two of Nelson’s celebrated mystery writers: J. G. (Judy) Toews (author of Giveout Creek and winner of an Arthur Ellis Award) and R.M. (Rachel) Greenaway, author of Cold Girl, Undertow, and Creep.

Nelson Public Library, 602 Stanley St.

About Culture Days

A grassroots, registered charitable organization and 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, sharing inspiration, artistry, creativity and expression reflective of the Canadian mosaic in every province and territory across the country.

A searchable list of hundreds of free events in Nelson and the Kootenays, as well as across B.C. is now available online at

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