COMING 2017~ A PREMIER CANADA 150 EVENT

syiyaya. Our Families. Our Stories.

To acknowledge the 150th anniversary of Confederation on the Sunshine Coast, the Sechelt Arts Festival will present syiyaya. Our Families. Our Stories. This special art and cultural project will capture our community forbearers’ stories, inspire and engage our youth, recognize our multi-cultural diversity, and create opportunities for dialogue and understanding between our First Nations and settler communities. The project will bring together a diverse group of youth, artists, performers, elders, and seniors. Between January and June 2017, School District 46 students will gather stories covering our past 150+ years of Sunshine Coast history and family life from First Nations elders and settler descendants. 

Working in tandem with artistic and educational mentors, the students will be invited to interpret the stories they “catch” through a chosen medium such as music, video, written word, or visual art. The goal will be to help youth build appreciation for our multi-cultural community through the arts, and exemplify how the past informs the present, and can encourage empathy and understanding.

A final selection of the stories and works of art will be showcased at a professional multi-media theatrical stage production at the Ravens Cry Theatre October 5 & 6, 2017 to kick off the 2017 Sechelt Arts Festival.


syiyaya. NoS FamilLes. Nos HISTOIRES

Pour célébrer le 150e anniversaire de la Confédération sur la Sunshine Coast, le Festival artistique de Sechelt présente syiyaya. Nos familles. Nos histoires. Ce projet artistique et culturel très spécial a pour vocation de recueillir les récits des ancêtres de notre communauté, d’inspirer les jeunes en encourageant leur participation, de célébrer notre diversité culturelle, et de faciliter le dialogue afin de mieux nous comprendre entre Premières Nations et communautés de pionniers. Ce projet réunira de nombreux groupes de jeunes, d’artistes, d’interprètes, d’anciens et d’aînés. Entre janvier et juin 2017, les élèves de l’arrondissement scolaire 46 compileront des récits couvrant les 150 dernières années de l’histoire de la Sunshine Coast et de ce qu’a été la vie familiale durant cette période, tels que nous les racontent les anciens des Premières Nations et les descendants des pionniers.

 En collaboration avec des mentors artistiques et des éducateurs, les élèves seront invités à interpréter les récits qui les auront marqués à travers un support de leur choix comme la musique, la vidéo, l’écriture ou les arts visuels. L’objectif sera d’encourager les jeunes à mieux connaitre et à apprécier notre communauté multiculturelle à travers les arts, et de s’inspirer du passé pour comprendre le présent et favoriser ainsi l’empathie et la compréhension les uns envers les autres.

Une sélection finale de récits et d’œuvres d’art sera présentée dans le cadre d’une production théâtrale multimédia au Ravens Cry Theatre, le 5 et le 6 octobre, pour donner le coup d’envoi du Festival artistique de Sechelt.


 

“Storytelling connects us all, across generations and cultures. I look forward to experiencing our stories together at the 2017 Sechelt Arts Festival.”

Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, MP West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country

 

Students from the Chatelech Secondary School language and culture class meet with shíshálh Nation elders to discuss the syiyaya, our families, our stories C-150 project.

 

octOBER 2017 FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS!

Now in its fourteenth year, The Sechelt Arts Festival provides accessible arts programming to Coast residents and visitors via local and off-coast talent in a professionally produced ten-day event. The Festival supports and encourages the local artistic community by providing myriad workshops, performances, and presentation opportunities, embracing arts and culture through dance, music, theatre, spoken word, visual art, multi-media, and heritage events.

 

2017 |  ORIGINS, LEGACies OF COAST ART

In recognition of Canada’s 150th Anniversary year,  the 2017 festival theme ORIGINS, Legacies of Coast Art,  will provide many interesting and entertaining art and cultural opportunities for participants, families, and visitors.

The Art Exhibition will feature coast families who have created a lasting artistic legacy

The Art Exhibition will feature coast families who have created a lasting artistic legacy

Bits of String play on Music Day along with other coast families who love to play together

Bits of String play on Music Day along with other coast families who love to play together

Mapping Our Past will trace our Sechelt families and coast heritage from the 1700's

Mapping Our Past will trace our Sechelt families and coast heritage from the 1700's

Origin Stories - Aboriginal, African, and Celtic storytellers featured on Family Day

Origin Stories - Aboriginal, African, and Celtic storytellers featured on Family Day

2017 highlights will also include: four Mainstage performances, several Emerging Artist showcase opportunities, random acts of Art in the Street, the syiyaya, Our families, Our stories special C-150 theatrical production,  a Canadian female songwriter's retrospective concert, presented by jazz quintet Mimosa, plus free and engaging workshops appealing to all ages, such as letterpress printing, aboriginal loom weaving, flute and drum making, and much more! Watch for more details coming soon...