Jonah Kassel, 8, plays the violin while performing during last year’s Cultural Collaboration. This year’s event is set for Saturday at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress file)

Celebrate a variety of cultures Saturday at Chilliwack Cultural Centre

BC World Music Collective concert kicks off Cultural Centre’s 2017/18 season same night

Celebrate B.C. Culture Days and Chilliwack’s art community with the Chilliwack Cultural Centre’s seventh anniversary and Cultural Collaboration this weekend.

BC Culture Days showcases the province’s vibrant arts and cultural communities, offering free, hands-on and interactive activities to the public. As part of the event, Cultural Collaboration will take place Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cultural Centre. This is a free event.

Join the Chilliwack Arts & Cultural Centre Society’s partners — The Chilliwack Players Guild, Chilliwack Academy of Music, Chilliwack Visual Artists Association, Chilliwack School of Performing Arts, and many more organizations — as they showcase their specialties at the Cultural Centre, and provide information about the various ways to get involved with arts in Chilliwack.

Venture through the art studios to see beautiful pieces being created right before your eyes as artists enjoy themselves in the open studios. You can also admire finished pieces of art by exploring the Artist Village, where artists and artisans will explain how they achieve their craft.

The Rotary Hall Studio Theatre will be filled with local talent performing snippets from dance to theatre.

The kid-favourite scavenger hunt is also back, along with guest appearances from the Queen of Hearts, Alice from Wonderland, and a Pirate Jack from Ever After Princess Party Events.

Chilliwack School of Performing Arts and the Chilliwack Music Academy will also have information booths letting you know what programs they have available for kids. Info about the society’s art classes for kids will also be available, from Magic Mud to Theatre Peeps — there is something to let any child’s imagination run wild.

Stop by the hot dog stand located out front of the Cultural Centre or indulge in complimentary cake and refreshments that are available inside.

In addition to Cultural Collaboration, that night also kicks off the Chilliwack Arts & Cultural Centre Society’s 2017/18 presentation season.

Bringing together musicians from Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, Africa, and London, the BC World Music Collective will take you on a worldwide journey without ever leaving Chilliwack. Thirteen musicians, all with their own professional music career, will weave their musical traditions together to create a unique experience.

The BC World Music Collective is made up of musicians from around the world who have all made their home in B.C. The collective is comprised of Adonis Puentes, Celso Machad, Tonye Aganaba, Kurai Blessing, Locarno (Tom Landa, Pedro Mota, Robin Layne, Liam MacDonald, Nick La Riviere, Kalissa Landa, Ronnie Swirl) and Chilliwack-born First Nations rapper, Ostwelve. The eclectic collection of instruments that these musicians play ranges from percussion, guitars, bongos, trombone, jarana, pandeiro, fiddle, marimba, congas, bass, trumpet, and mbira.

The collective first came together in the summer of 2015, when the artists were asked to perform at the Vancouver Island Music Festival. After an intense week of rehearsals and their appearance on the main stage of the festival, the group decided that one performance would not be enough.

Their group is a collaboration that sees all the musicians playing with each other, and backing each other up as they sing their own songs and tell the stories of where they are from and how they got to B.C. Their celebration of multiculturalism is full of high energy fun and will have the audience fully engaged in their performance.

Local born rapper, Ronnie Dean Harris, is a Sto:lo/St’át’imc multimedia artist who returns to Chilliwack as a member of the collective. With an incredibly individual career as a multimedia artist, he has worked as a host for a podcast series that was the recipient of the United Nations DPI Gold Medal, as a creator of workshop programs for youth empowerment in media arts and hip-hop, as well as a prominent musical career under the name of Ostwelve.

The BC World Music Collective concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30 in the HUB International Theatre.

Check out the website for details on events happening at the Cultural Centre throughout the year. Tickets are available online at www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca, by phone at 604-391-SHOW(7469), or in person at the Centre Box Office (9201 Corbould St.).

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Sumas First Nation pilots eight-inch gill-net fishery in Sumas/Vedder River

Project in Abbotsford renews fishing practice and data gathering of chinook salmon

Chilliwack home built in 1910 will be saved from demolition

The 110-year-old house on Hope River Road is being relocated to nearby Riverside Drive

New Broadway Street bike lanes ‘confusing’ say Chilliwack residents

Freshly painted bike lanes feature buffered and protected areas along Airport-Broadway corridor

Police watchdog investigating after Abbotsford man seriously injured during arrest

Abbotsford police used ‘less lethal firearm’ and dog in arrest of man believed to have gun

NDP wants Chilliwack-Kent MLA removed from BC Liberal caucus for alleged homophobia

BC Liberal leader, some MLAs apologize for Christian magazine ads but Laurie Throness doubles down

21 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in B.C. as virus ‘silently circulates’ in broader community

Health officials urge British Columbians to enjoy summer safely as surge continues

Tough time for tree fruits as some B.C. farm products soar

Province reports record 2019 sales, largely due to cannabis

Abbotsford woman starts petition to have B.C. government help with IVF costs

Jennifer Kuiken says cost of in vitro fertilization is too high for most people

‘Let’s all do a self-check’: Okanagan mayor reacts to racist vandalism targeting local family

Home of Indo-Canadian family in Summerland was targeted on evening of July 13

Province agrees to multimillion-dollar payout for alleged victims of Kelowna social worker

Robert Riley Saunders is accused of misappropriating funds of children — often Indigenous — in his care

B.C. businessman David Sidoo gets 3 months behind bars for college admissions scam

Sidoo was sentenced for hiring someone take the SATs in place of his two sons

PHOTOS: Inside a newly-listed $22M mega-mansion on ALR land in B.C.

The large home, located on ALR land, is one of the last new mansions to legally be built on ALR land

COVID-19 gives B.C. First Nation rare chance to examine tourism’s impact on grizzly bears

With 40 infrared cameras deployed in Kitasoo-Xai’Xais territory, research will help develop tourism plan with least impact on bears

RCMP searching for culprit behind needle-filled lemons left on Coquitlam-area trails

The two lemons found were thrown away leaving police with little evidence

Most Read