Art takes centre stage at Kamloops Culture Days

By Vanessa Ybarra
September 29, 2017 - 4:49pm Updated: September 29, 2017 - 5:25pm

KAMLOOPS — Residents will have a chance to learn a new art form and take in various exhibits as part of this weekend's seventh annual 'Culture Days' celebration.

The three day event, taking place throughout the city, aims to connect artists with the commmunity and inspire residents to explore the city's art scene.

The event first started back east and has now grown nationwide.

"It started out in Quebec over 20 years ago and now each province in Canada celebrates on the last Friday of September," said Cara Gates, Arts, Culture & Heritage Coordinator  for the City of Kamloops. "Everybody is planning events that are free to the community to find out what's happening in the community."

'The Federation Art Show' put on by the Canadian Federation of Artists at the Kamloops Courthouse Gallery is one of three exhibitions people can take in throughout the city.

The show features more than a dozen pieces of art from local artisans, as well different demonstrations each day.

Various free workshops are also being offered throughout the weekend including needle felting, violin lessons, and salsa dancing lessons at St.Andrews on the Square.

Gates says the show is just a small snapshot of the creative talent in the Kamloops region.

"It's thriving, " said Gates. "There's probably four or five cultural events you can take in throughout the city each week that are cultural. This is just one way to showcase our beautiful city and what we have to offer."

The Kamloops Museum is also offering free admission all weekend as part of the festival.

For a full list of Culture Day events, click here.

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