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2016 News and Information

Over 80 Culture Days events happening in Richmond

19 September 2016

Culture Days, the annual free celebration of Canadian culture, will return to Richmond this fall with over 80 hands-on activities and behind-the-scenes experiences. Richmond artists, organizations and community groups open their doors for three full days – Friday, September 30 to Sunday, October 2 – for people to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, creative businesses and designers living and working in their community.

For months, members of Richmond’s cultural community have been planning a variety of demonstrations, tours, workshops and other special events. The Richmond Cultural Centre will be the hub of the weekend’s festivities with many more activities taking place throughout the City. Culture Days visitors can expect a wide range of things to do in Richmond, including:

  • Live First Nations Drum painting with Brandon Gabriel: Visit with well-known Kwantlen First Nations artist, Brandon Gabriel, as he designs and paints a drum at the Richmond Cultural Centre on Saturday, October 1, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Leave Your Mark FM – Pop-Up Radio Station: For this weekend only, a pop-up radio station will animate the Richmond Cultural Centre Plaza. The short range broadcast will feature music selected by local Richmond youth, live interviews with artists and readings of historical letters from the Richmond Museum. Tune in Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Resident Art Group Showcase: Experience some of the best of Richmond’s arts and crafts in a vibrant showcase of work and demonstrations by the Richmond Art Centre’s resident art groups at the Richmond Cultural Centre on Sunday, October 1, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Meet award-winning writer, Karen X. Tulchinsky: Kick off Richmond’s 2016 Writer-in-Residence at the free, public program launch on Friday September 30 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Richmond Cultural Centre’s Performance Hall. Enjoy short readings, hear about her writing career and learn about the range of free public programs and mentorship opportunities she will present during her two month residency at the Richmond Public Library, Richmond Media Lab and Minoru Place Activity Centre.
  • Family Drum Circle: Have fun playing African djembes and other percussion instruments in a family-friendly drum circle on Saturday, October 1 from 5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. It’s the perfect way to explore your creativity, reduce stress and build community.
  • Cultural Legends of the Sea and Richmond Carvers at Britannia Shipyards: Ignite your imagination by helping to decorate a main sail in an interactive and engaging community art project from Friday to Sunday, September 30 to October 2 between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. While you are exploring historic Britannia Shipyards, drop in and meet the Richmond Carvers on Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Other activities in Richmond during the three-day festival include: Historic walking tours of Steveston, a Chinese folk dancing demonstration, a DIY recycled art print bags workshop, artist studio visits, public art bus tours and much more.

The Richmond Cultural Centre is located at 7700 Minoru Gate.

Nationally, Culture Days has over 7,000 highly-anticipated free activities that will take place in approximately 800 communities across Canada. Discover what is happening across the country at Culture Days is locally presented in partnership with the Richmond News. Richmond is a national, award-winning leader in the Culture Days movement for the amount of events offered within the City.

For more information about Culture Days and the complete list of activities planned in Richmond, pick up a brochure at the Richmond Cultural Centre, Richmond City Hall or download it at