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Arts and Culture: Culture Days in Cowichan
""I love culture."
Say that three times over and it sounds pretty darn good, doesn't it?
That's what organizers across Canada are hoping will click among Canucks between Sept. 27 and 29.
So much, culture will become just a daily snippet for folks.
Organizers across the nation are offering smatterings of local events tailored to the "I love culture" theme.
"Founded in 2009, Culture Days is a non-profit organization dedicated to building a national network of cultural connections devoted to providing Canadians with opportunities to participate in, and appreciate, all forms of arts and culture," states the Culture Days website. "Through an annual three-day national celebration each September, hundreds of thousands of artists and cultural organizations in hundreds of cities and towns come together and invite Canadians to participate in free interactive and 'behind the scenes' activities to discover their cultural spirit and passion."
Cowichan Valley Regional District's arts and culture division manager Kirsten Schrader is a member of the event's B.C. Task Force and is also MC'ing the Vancouver Island launch in Victoria Sept. 27.
Heading up Cowichan's events are Cowichan Theatre, Cowichan Valley Arts Council, 4Cats Arts Studio, Cowichan Valley Museum, Duncan Garage Showroom, Crofton Pub, Mill Bay Jazz Vespers, OUR Ecovillage, and Lake Cowichan's Salmon and Mushroom Festival.
The Cowichan theatre's Come Play the Steinway event is a "chance for amateurs to share the experience of musicians all over the world who prefer to perform on a Steinway - and not just any Steinway, but a 1927 Grand D."
Participants will also be able to take a peek between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday behind the curtain to see what it takes to mount a live stage performance, including musicals, concerts and dance.
Behind the scenes action can also be had at the MoonDance Dynamic Arts School from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday as part of theire Behind the Scenes with the Art House Collective.
Hourly tours will also take place at Shawnigan Lake's OUR Ecovillage on the hour starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday until 3 p.m.
More tours will also take place Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
And the 25-acre Sustainable Living Demonstration Site has lots of gems to show off.
"A unique and innovative tour that looks at ecological design, earthen/strawbale building construction, the design of sustainable food systems and permaculture projects, and so much more. This is a photo fest for any photographer and an amazing learning journey for anyone who simply wishes to look at real life examples of possibilities for living more sustainably."
OUR Ecovillage has also invited renowned ecological design architect and community activist from Portland Oregon, Mark Lakeman, for a free community design presentation Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m.
Folks are also being urged to pop by the Duncan Garage Showroom and meet proprietor John Faulkner from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
And while you're visiting the Garage, swing by the close-by Cowichan Valley Museum open for business 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday to explore the museum’s permanent exhibits illustrating early pioneer life in the valley housed in the Jack Fleetwood Gallery, the Alderlea General Store, and in the King’s Daughters’ Hospital Gallery
Local art by will be showcased at both CVAC's Portals and 4Cats arts studios, with a wide selection of young artists' work featured at 4Cats Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and new works by painter Angela Anderson and photographer Stephen Louis hanging at Portals from Friday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.).
Lake Cowichan's annual salmon and mushroom shindig takes place during Culture Days, celebrating the 'Wild Edible' treats of valley, with a market of local arts and crafts, baked goods, and a variety of local mushrooms.
The Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m and also includes mushroom identifications, cooking demonstrations, mushroom slideshow, and Sunday field trips (onsite registration required).
The Crofton Pub's serving up a tasty afternoon Sunday with pianist Gabriel Palatchi with Sean Drabitt on bass and Kelby MacNayr on drums from 2 to 5 p.m.
Don't forget Jazz Vespers', with Miles Black on piano, Ken Lister on bass and leader James McRae on drums, Saturday 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Sylvan United Church.
For more information on local events, click here.
Shawnigan Ecological Design Project with Mark Lakeman
Mark Lakeman, renowned Ecological Design Architect and Community activist from Portland Oregon, is here for a free community design charrette supporting all those who imagine the possibility of 'taking back their neighbourhood'. An inspiration presentation with examples of thousands of people and many towns/cities which have taken on this types of 'intersection repair projects' (see CityRepair.org Portland). Truly a treat which will leave you inspired and ready to go home
Date(s) & Time(s):
Saturday, September 28, 2013 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Shawnigan Lake Village- See more at: http://culturedays.ca/en/2013-activities/view/5207e72a-7514-4c7d-bc41-7a924c4a89be#sthash.6M9Jk5WD.dpuf