COMING in 2017~
The Sechelt Arts Festival Committee, producers, and partners are pleased to announce the award of a Canada 150 Fund grant from the Department of Canadian Heritage. This major grant will support a special arts and cultural community project aligned with the Sechelt Arts Festival in celebration of the Canada 150th Anniversary in 2017.
s-yìyaya: Our Families. Our Stories, will be a community legacy-building project , capturing our community forbearers stories. It will inspire and engage community youth and build on existing reconciliation work between our First Nations and settler communities. The project will bring together a diverse group of youth, artists, musicians, and elders from around the Sunshine Coast to deepen our community connections and collaboration through the arts.
“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
Supported by several Sunshine Coast community partners, including members of the shíshálh Nation, School District 46, local archivists and elder care facilities, our coast youth, including alternative schools, First Nations and French language students, will gather stories of familial life through our collective 150 years of Sunshine Coast history, from First Nations elders and settler descendants.
Beginning in early 2017, area students will be asked to interpret the stories they collect through their chosen medium such as visual art, music, video, and written word. The story-making process will come together under the direction of professional local artists and producers in a multi-genre live stage performance during the 2017 Sechelt Arts Festival, October 12-22. The project will also leave a written and visual legacy. In addition, it will help build appreciation for our multi-cultural community, show us how the past has helped informed the present, and enable students to gain a better understanding and empathy for working together in the future.
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.
For more information contact: [email protected]
2016 - ART OF WATER FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
EMERGING SOUNDS MASHUP!
A sold-out success! Over 240 coasters came out to watch and support the incredibly talented emerging contemporary musicians. It was a great evening for all ages. Watch for more of this at the 2017 festival.
Performers in 2016 included: SPOUSE, Malachi Defries, Steve Weave, Baeden Shendebray, Daniel Bate, Conrad Shynkar, Tiana Hoile, Kate and Sarah Jane Lynch and Matea Bellevance. Featuring imagery created by Mieke Jay. A live art wall, shadow jam zone and dance performances by Sunshine Coast youth. Hosted by Steve Weave.
An annual favourite. Sponsored by LIDSTONE & COMPANY
2016 CURATED ART EXHIBITION
WATER. In all cultures, water has a place of respect and wonder. We drink it to replenish our bodies. We bathe in it to clean ourselves. We meditate beside it, swim through it, watch as it powers the growth of our food. Our survival depends on access to clean water. On the west coast, we are blessed with an abundance of fresh water, but it is not always accessible.
ARTISTS EXAMINED THE SACREDNESS OF FRESH WATER, ITS ABUNDANCE, ITS BEAUTY, EXAMINE ITS SUSTAINABILITY & LOOK AT THE MULTIPLE WAYS WE REVERE AND RESPECT THIS PRECIOUS RESOURCE through contemporary multi- fibre art applications and materials.
Featured artists included: FIBRE ARTISTS Deb Dumka, Kim Fenton, Kerri Luciani and Yvonne Stowell, PAINTER Diego Samper ARTIST Matthew Talbot-Kelly, Multi-disciplinary ARTIST Kristjana Gunnars, GLASS ARTIST Miyuki Shinkai and CERAMIC ARTIST Kenny Torrance. Curated by international artist Gordon Halloran.
SPONSORED by: SSC Properties and Thurber Engineering
The Salmon People heritage exhibit continues until 2017!
Open daily 9-4:30PM - tems swiya museum - 5500 Sunshine Coast Highway
SPONSORED by: shishálh First Nation, Capstone and Regional Power
Kinnie Starr performed an evening based on Save Our Waters with a live chat afterwards!