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!
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.
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: