Culture Days, the free annual celebration of culture across Canada, returns to Richmond this fall with over 70 free hands-on activities and behind-the-scenes experiences available in 28 different locations. For three full days – Friday, September 29 through Sunday, October 1 – come and discover the creative world of artists, creators, historians, creative businesses and designers living and working in Richmond.
This year, the Richmond Cultural Centre will once again be a hub of activity and the addition of a large tent and food trucks in the Cultural Centre Plaza will be sure to be a delight. Visitors can expect a wide range of activities over the Culture Days weekend, including:
• Rediscover Tram Car 1220 – Celebrate the City of Richmond’s largest heritage artefact, with a formal ceremony, live music and conversations about the restoration at the Steveston Interurban Tram Building on Sunday, October 1 from 1 to 3 p.m.
• Step into the limelight with 3 Piece Band – Visit a temporary, interactive artwork that operates as an open stage for musician and performing artists at the Richmond Cultural Centre Plaza. Scheduled performances will be presented between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 30, but everyone is welcome to bring their own instruments or props to play and activate the sculpture at any time on Saturday and Sunday during the Culture Days weekend.
• Meet published author, Nilofar Shidmehr – Kick off Richmond’s 2017 Writer-in-Residence program on Saturday, September 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Brighouse Branch Library. Enjoy short readings, chat about her writing career and learn about the range of free public programs and mentorship opportunities Nilofar will present during her two month residency in Richmond.
• Take a tour in Mandarin or back in time – Both the Richmond Art Gallery and Museum will offer free tours of their exhibitions in English and Mandarin on Sunday, October 1 at noon, 1 and 2 p.m. History buffs are invited to take a costumed historical tour of Steveston in English to learn about the events and people that shaped Steveston at 1 and 2:30 p.m. on Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30.
For more information and an up-to-date schedule of Culture Day activities on offer in Richmond, visit www.culturedays.ca/richmond.