The Sunshine Coast’s Leading Edge Visual and Performing Arts Festival presents:
The ART of WATER - OCTOBER 13 to 23, 2016
The 2015 Sechelt Arts Festival was an unprecedented success with innovative cross-cultural collaborative programming and hundreds of positive reviews! THANK YOU to all of the artists, performers, technicians, volunteers, and support crew who make this festival a success! We look forward to another exciting ten day Festival event in October, 2016, this year based on performance, art, workshop and heritage events that will tell our stories about WATER. Watch for more information coming soon!
NOTICE: WRITTEN SUBMISSION FOR THE OCTOBER 13-23 ART EXHIBITION WILL BE EXTENDED TO JULY 22, 2016. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
RE•GENERATION becomes a permanent art installation in Sechelt!
Gordon Halloran, one of twelve coast artists featured in the 2015 SAF Art Exhibition - The Six Senses of Cedar - presented his art installation RE• GENERATION last October in Spirit Square for the first time during the Arts Festival. The piece was inspired by the hardworking fire fighting crews who fought the Sechelt wild fire summer of 2015.
On July 16, 2016, the art installation was given a permanent home in Spirit Square in Sechelt(near the entry to the Visitors Centre). The monolithic structure made from two burned out cedar tree trunks salvaged from the fire is supported by two sturdy pieces of local granite and protect a cedar seedling meant to grow and flourish as it would regenerate in nature, nurtured by the nutrients in nearby dead trees. A living sculpture! The artwork was dedicated to John Phare, who died during the Sechelt fire, and the fire crews. Thank you to the District and the many people, local corporations and service organizations who supported this inniative. Photos on our FB page -
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The Sechelt Arts Festival is now entering its thirteenth season and has become the most innovative and accessible multi-genre arts festival on the Sunshine Coast! Our efforts support dozens of local artists, technicians and local businesses - but we couldn't do it without your help as an individual or corporate donor. Over 30 % of our annual budget comes from donations and helps to offset the costs for artists and performance fees, travel, accommodation, technical support and more. As well as helping us provide quality programming, first class performances, and educational opportunities for youth and adults, supporting the Sechelt Arts Festival helps promotes local tourism, cultural and retail businesses in the community and our quality of life. Most of all, your donation helps our local artists and performers thrive and shine!
Interested in helping? You can review our DONATION benefit package HERE.
2015 FESTIVAL highlights
ART and the six senses of Cedar -
Curated Art Exhibition - Rave reviews!
This experiential art exhibition featured ‘multi-dimensional’ visual and sensory perceptions of how a select group of coast-based artists interpret the subject of CEDAR. Influenced by different cultural backgrounds and the senses of sight, sound, touch, taste, smell, and spirit, visual artists, sculptors, fibre-artists, writers, musicians, and multi-media artists came together to collaborate in a journey of self and collective discovery for this special Sunshine Coast community curated Art Exhibition.
FLORILÈGE - An evening with international dance artist Margie Gillis
Canada's iconic dancer/choreographer Margie Gillis performed a special 40th anniversary program at the Raven's Cry Theatre. A night to remember!
MARGIE GILLIS, internationally acclaimed, Montreal-based, solo modern dancer/choreographer, Knight of the Ordre national du Québec and Officer of the Order of Canada, danced in her first appearance on the Sunshine Coast, presented Florilège, an evening of her best solos celebrating 40 years of her professional career
The ensemble cast included;: Holly Bright, Caitlin Griffin, Ruth Levin, Makaila Wallace, and the Sunshine Coast's Katherine Denham.
SACRED - a special performance /multi-media visual art event at the shíshálh Nation Longhouse
SACRED was an artistic journey through the hearts and minds of a contemporary artist collective chosen for their skills, resonating insights, and their ability to show us unique perspectives. The collaborative of first nations and non-aboriginal coast artists and youth performers, used the universal language of art, music, dance and organically sensual and ethereal special effects to ignite the imagination.
TEXEMAY The Tree of Life: Heritage Exhibit at the
tems swiya Museum
Exploring the practical past and the present cultural relevance of CEDAR (Téxémay) in shíshálh culture, the “Tree of Life” heritage exhibit touched on the myriad applications of cedar through storytelling, artifacts, photos and video. Hosted in the shíshálh Nation’s tems swiya museum, The “Tree of Life” heritage exhibit endeavoured to illustrate the importance of the west coast cedar tree in every facet of historical daily aboriginal coast life from carving, to homes, transportation, clothing, music, food, art, ceremony and medicine.
WATCH "The Story of Cedar" VIDEO a compilation of shíshálh First Nation members and coast artists provide their stories about cedar, the history, the relevance, and their emotional connection to this magnificent tree, indigenous to the Pacific Northwest. Produced especially for the 2015 Sechelt Arts Fesival.
Every year a variety of additional activities are programmed throughout the ten-day festival to complement the visual, performance and heritage events. These include learning and cultural awareness workshops and lectures, as well as an emerging artists concert/dance, musical and family day events, and random acts of Art in the Street! Check out our previous Art in the Street videos at: