Three days of culture for Kamloops

Culture Days brings surge of arts and culture events to cities across Canada

Amy Reinitz, Contributor Ω

The Kamloops Art Gallery has free admission all weekend in support of Culture Days. Amy Reinitz/The Omega

The Kamloops Art Gallery has free admission all weekend in support of Culture Days. Amy Reinitz/The Omega

Culture Days is a national celebration to help Canadians become aware of and participate in the arts and culture life in their communities. This year it will be held from Sept. 27 to 29 all across Canada, with several events being held in Kamloops.

The museum will offer free admission from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, as well as a free guided tour starting at 10 a.m. on Friday.

“[Culture days]… is dedicated to building a national network of cultural connections… we’re looking forward to the two events we have going on and we hope that lots of people take advantage of it,” said Melissa Baker, museum educator.

St. Andrews on the Square will conduct a sit-in with the Kamloops Ukulele Circle from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday. Participants are encouraged to bring their own ukuleles or borrow one from the circle, and all skill levels are welcome.

Also on Saturday, the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra will be opening their doors for the public to watch their dress rehearsal from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Sagebrush Theatre.

The Kamloops Art Gallery will offer free admission on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Judy Basso, event coordinator at the gallery, said it’s a great way to see pieces being showcased for their upcoming 25th anniversary art auction.

St. Andrews on the Square will be hosting the Ukelele Circle on Saturday. Amy Reinitz/The Omega

St. Andrews on the Square will be hosting the Ukelele Circle on Saturday. Amy Reinitz/The Omega

“It’s a free exhibition of all the pieces that are being donated, so it’s something really interesting for people to take in,” Basso said.

The Thompson Nicola Shuswap Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists will showcase their 9th annual art show at the Old Courthouse Centre for the Arts. The event starts Friday at 7 p.m. and will continue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The fifth annual World Rivers Day Celebration will finish off the weekend from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday at Riverside Park. The event will feature information and activity booths, as well as a shoreline clean-up.

Visit culturedays.ca and search “Kamloops” for more information.