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Nanaimo and Parksville-Qualicum holding B.C. Culture Days events

Free and pay-what-you-can events happening Sept. 22-Oct. 15
B.C. Culture Days will happen provincewide between Sept. 22 and Oct. 15, offering a range of free or pay-what-you-can arts and culture events. (Silmara Emde photo detail)

Nanaimo is taking part in a provincewide celebration of arts and culture to start the fall.

B.C. Culture Days, “aimed at showcasing, sharing, and exploring the artistic and cultural essence of each participating community,” happen from Sept. 22-Oct. 15.

All B.C. Culture Days events are either free or “pay what you may” as far as admission.

In Nanaimo, there will be a draw-along at the Nanaimo Art Gallery on Sept. 22 at 12:30 p.m. and finger weaving at the Nanaimo Art Gallery’s Art Lab on Oct. 1 from 1-4 p.m.

Parksville-Qualicum will be a hub for B.C. Culture days on the central Island, hosting events including the Steampumk Miniature Scrap Metal Sculpture Project workshops, the Exquisite Corpse Project unveiling collaborative paintings, and an art banner crawl.

There will also be an Art of Nurturing Nature Hub at Qualicum Beach, with a focus on strengthening environmental consciousness in the community. Culture Days is partnering with the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute, Mid Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society and the Town of Qualicum Beach to celebrate the arts and offer opportunities to gather and learn.

“With many of us thinking about climate action, nature and the outdoors, it seemed fitting to come together to plan some innovative events and experiences,” said Diane Moran, B.C. Culture Days community connector, in the release. “Art has long been a tool to inspire, encourage, and motivate.”

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