Multiculturalism Day

Celebrating Canada’s diversity through dance!
June 27th, Noon-9pm, Museum Way.
Crimson Coast Dance Society (CCD) is thrilled to host 2019’s Multiculturalism Day celebration in the heart of Downtown Nanaimo. Join us for FREE and interactive cultural displays from Snuneymuxw, China, South Asia, Europe, the Middle East and beyond!
Audiences are invited to participate in fun workshops and witness outstanding performances by experienced artists, while taking in the vibrant offerings of Nanaimo’s Commercial Street throughout the day. Later, amidst the bustling of the Downtown Night Market, our outdoor stage on Museum Way offers a complementary cultural splash — with music and dance reflecting the ancestral traditions of our friends and neighbours.
Special thanks to our funders: The City of Nanaimo, Creative BC, Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, and the Province of British Columbia.
Performances include: a Snuneymuxw welcome, Coast Salish drumming and song; high-energy dabkes from Syria and Lebanon, graceful home-style Khaleegy, dramatic Turkish Horon line dancing and other expressive European, Egyptian, and South Asian styles; a community drumming circle with Voodoo Dave & Friends; PLUS a teaser performance from the creators of ‘Crossing Mountains and Seas’ — a headliner show premiering at The Port Theatre on July 11, inspired by the ancient book Shan Hai Jing — fusing Chinese dance/music, avant-garde jazz, aerial performance, and martial arts.
12:30PM Snuneymuxw Welcome from Lolly Good.
1:00PM ReOrient Collective*: Presentations and Workshops
             - Egyptian dance & rhythms: Ghawazee and Raqs Sharqi
             - Khaleegy - A dance of the Gulf States
             - Dabke! Lebanese, Syrian & Palestinian folk dance
2:30PM Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society Presentation
2.45PM Pynksy Shell, Afro Fusion Belly Dance Performance and Workshop
3:30PM South Asian Performance and Workshop
4:30PM Highland Dance with Brigadoon Dance Academy
5:00PM ReOrient Collective*: Presentations and Workshops
           - Turkish Roman dance and Black Sea Horon
           - Egyptian Saidi - Dance and Rhythms of Upper Egypt
           - Dabke! Lebanese, Syrian & Palestinian folk dance
6.30PM Traditional Chinese Music and Dance with Tung Lan, Chengxin Wei, and Dailin Hsieh
7.30PM Indigenous Drumming and Dance with Patrick Alleck and Trent Jack
8:00PM Community Drumming Circle with Voodoo Dave & Friends
*Performers: Ferda, Leah, Lynette, Kelly, Kirtsten, Taissia, Eric Boucher, Dave McGrath, and Robin Shackleton.
Mailing Address: #5-150 Commercial Street Nanaimo, BC  V9R 5G6
Office Address: CIBC Nanaimo Arts Centre - 60 Wharf Street, Nanaimo, BC  V9R 5G6
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