Bazaar supports Haven Society

Bellydancers from across Island participate in annual event in Nanaimo

Bellydancers from across the Island gather in Nanaimo for an annual event that raises money for Haven Society.

The fourth annual Bellydance Bazaar is set for June 23 at St. Philips church hall in downtown Nanaimo.

Nanaimo’s Bazaar means a full day of free performances, workshops and shopping, with visitors of all ages enjoying music and dance in an informal, cross-cultural setting.

“St. Paul’s church hall will be transformed once again into a whirl of colour, sound, and savory smells,” said Lynette Harper, co-organizer.

The stage will feature the joy and diversity of Middle Eastern and Romani dance forms by local dancers. Vendors offering costumes, jewelry and accessories from around the world are participating.

People will also find hand-made drums, palm and tarot readers, plus snacks from Aladdin’s Cafe.

One highlight of the workshops will be the Slavic Soul party, a high-energy movement by Cathy Stoyko of Arcana Dea Dance from Cumberland.

“This year even more professional dancers, teachers, and students have been generous in donating performances,” Harper said.

The bazaar runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission $5; free/children under 12.

For more information, please call 250-739-0589 or e-mail