Kelowna Culture Days at RCA 2021
RE:IMAGINES, RE:CONNECTS and RE:GENERATES with
Expansive Month-Long Arts & Culture Hybrid Series of Events
The Rotary Centre for the Arts will once again host the annual Kelowna Culture Days arts festival to enhance provincial engagement in the arts through a robust in-person line-up of arts and culture events and a new remote community video series. This is the RCA’s 4th year as Kelowna’s host and Culture Days hub.
Culture Days raises the awareness, accessibility, participation, and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. It is a collaborative movement dedicated to providing free, hands-on, and interactive arts and cultural activities across Canada.
BC Culture Days announced its dynamic new line-up of free and interactive creative events hosted by artists and cultural organizations from across B.C. and Canada in its 12th annual celebration of arts and culture, September 24 to October 24, 2021.
Featuring an ever-expanding roster of events and activities aligned to the 2021 Culture Days theme – RE:IMAGINE – the month-long celebration invites British Columbians to imagine a post-pandemic world brightened through creative exploration and artistic expression. Events will include a plethora of options geared towards all comfort levels and abiding by current public health recommendations, including socially distanced outdoor and pre-registered indoor events, pre-recorded videos, Livestream presentations, self-guided activities, and more.
“As pandemic restrictions ease and we look towards the future with cautious optimism, it’s essential that we take this time to recommit to strengthening our communities through creative connection,” says BC Culture Days Program Director Nazanin Shoja. “We’ve all been impacted over the past 18 months and have had to adapt to new ways of interacting and communicating with one another. It is our sincere hope at BC Culture Days that the events and activities offered this fall will serve as a catalyst for British Columbians to rediscover their creative pursuits, safely reconnect with their communities, and collectively reimagine a new future supported by shared experiences.”
This year’s BC Culture Days activities kicks off with a brand new video series, RE:GENERATE, showcasing the creative resilience of five remote or rural B.C. communities, as they adapt to COVID-19 restrictions and re-emerge with inspiring ideas for the future. Each week of the month-long event, several new videos will be released online, featuring event coverage and interviews from one of five communities – Prince Rupert, Bella Coola, Sooke, Salmon Arm, and Kimberley.
There will also be a pre-recorded welcome ceremony from Chief Kwakwee Baker, member of the Squamish First Nation, as well as a pre-recorded provincial proclamation from BC Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, and Sport, Hon. Melanie Mark.
Kelowna Culture Days gratefully acknowledges the generosity of its funders, collaborators, and supporters.