City of Surrey offers many free programs during Culture Days designed to connect people with the arts and heritage. Discover more on The City of Surrey Culture Days Hub September 25 – October 25, 2020.
SEPTEMBER 2020 | This fall, participate in Culture Days, a national celebration of Arts and Culture in the City of Surrey. Culture Days programming includes a range of free activities and events organized by Surrey Civic Theatres, Surrey Art Gallery, Historic Stewart Farm, Museum of Surrey, Surrey Archives, and the City’s Special Events team.
Culture Days 2020 will be primarily offered online, and instead of the usual three days celebration, Culture Days has expanded to offer activities and performances through the Culture Days website for a month, starting September 25th and running until October 25th. This year’s theme, Unexpected Intersections, is designed to inspire creative collaborations and discovery.
Hubs have been created for organizations to feature their activities – go to City Of Surrey Culture Division Hub and Special Events Hub for full access to all free events and activities the City is offering.
Summary of City of Surrey Culture Division Culture Days Events
- Virtual Fusion Festival event Sept 26, 10:30am–12:00 noon. This family-friendly livestream will feature a series of segments including cultural performances, musical entertainment, art lessons, Surrey history, Indigenous education, dance lessons, cooking segments and kids’ activities.
- This will be followed up with an Interactive Cultural Video Series which will feature educational videos including “how-to” cooking, dance and arts and craft’s activities from participating cultural pavilions from previous years.
Surrey Art Gallery:
- Art in Motion Video Art Lessons—Delivered by artists and art-educators from South of the Fraser and beyond, participants can follow along to create their own artworks using materials found at home.
City of Surrey Cultural Services Culture Days Initiatives–Fall 2020
- Pre-booked Self-guided Exhibition Tours—Includes fall exhibition Where We Have Been celebrating the Gallery’s 45th anniversary with works from the Gallery’s permanent collection, as well as three additional exhibitions and several art installations.
Surrey Civic Theatres:
- Presenting four concerts from the Digital Stage—one each week for the duration of the event. The concerts will be available for viewing for the full week that they are posted. Concerts include Sami Ghawi and Ranj Singh, Pat Chessell Trio, Ivan Coyote and Sarah MacDougall and Indian Standard Time Trio.
- Stories are Contagious series in partnership with Heritage Services. Community members are encouraged to submit their pandemic stories in whatever form they choose to be shared on the Culture Days website and possibly become permanently archived at the Surrey Archives.
- Stories from the Past—a remote program that focuses on sharing memories and stories. Participants are sent images and reminisces from Surrey’s past which bring back memories and inspire live discussions led by a heritage programmer. Four live events will be offered between Sept 25th and October 25th.
- Self-Directed Driving Tours—Explore Surrey’s neighborhood heritage. Four tours will showcase the variety in the City’s Heritage Register, with everything from natural history, to build heritage across the municipality. Participants can drive the tour routes themselves or explore virtually from the comfort of their homes.
- Online Activities—Discover Surrey’s history from home. Online offerings include the Surrey Archives 1949 Interactive Aerial, the Surrey Time Lapse Tool, and try-it-at-home recipes from the kitchen of the Historic Stewart Farm like Cream Scones and Thumbprint Cookies.
Museum of Surrey:
- Métis Identity Join Deni Paquette, a Métis artist and cultural facilitator with the Langley School District, virtually on Microsoft Teams as she explores the mechanisms behind how Métis identity is formed. Deni will provide supporting resources for further exploration after the program.
- Sketching Series Each week, 12 lucky guests will experience the Arctic Voices exhibit, sketchbook in hand. With space to social distance, participants will create artwork with supplies brought from home. Registration required.
- Virtual Exhibit. Che’ Shesh Whe Weleq-sen Si’am (I am Semiahmoo/I am Survivor of the Flood) exhibit debuts on October 22. Semiahmoo First Nation has and will continue to flourish on our land. “We have always been here. We will always be here.”
- Pre-booked Self-guided Tours including the Feature Exhibit: Arctic Voices and Surrey Stories Gallery.
About Culture Days Unexpected Intersections
Culture Days is a national celebration of arts and culture. At the end of each September, millions of people attend thousands of participatory arts and culture events across Canada. Culture Days programs invite the public to get hands-on and behind the-scenes to highlight the importance of arts and culture in our communities.
This year the celebrations have been extended to a 4-week run. As a registered charity*, Culture Days serves as a year-round catalyst that connects individuals and creators to build measurable support for the entire sector and amplify its contributions. They seek to eliminate barriers to access and participation, and stimulate understanding, appreciation and exploration of arts and culture—so that every person in the country has a deeper connection with themselves, their communities, and Canada.
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