Metro Vancouver events as part of BC Culture Days

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Photo: Glenna Turnbull Photography.

Next weekend, Sept. 26-28, Canada is throwing a party – an arts and culture party. Across the country, arts organizations, artists and groups will be inviting the public to open houses, putting on (free) performances and holding workshops. Everyone’s invited.

There are hundreds of events scheduled in the province and over 50 in Vancouver.  Here is a sampling of what you’ll find happening over the weekend:

In the TheatreSports Sampler, Vancouver Theatre Sports league opens the doors of their home, The Improv Centre (1502 Duranleau St.) on Granville Island. You’ll be able to tour the theatre, relax on the patio overlooking the waterfront marina and partake of libations at the bar and lounge before either of two TheatreSports shows.

Also on Granville Island, the Arts Club Theatre Company (1377 Cartwright Street) is presenting two free events: a behind-the-scenes tour of the production shop and a series of short play readings by emerging playwrights. Both events take place on Sunday, September 28, 2014. The tour  runs from 12:30–1:30 p.m., followed by the readings from 2–4 p.m. at the Revue Stage (1601 Johnston Street). For full details, visit artsclub.com.

In Oral Storytelling, diverse professional oral storytellers with the Vancouver Society of Storytelling (VSOS) will entertain with tales for all ages at the Vancouver Public
Library, Oakridge branch (650 W. 41st St.).

Both Goh Ballet and Vancouver Opera are offering “peaks behind the curtain,” so to speak. Goh Ballet opens their doors for a tour of their heritage building (2345 Main St.) and a 15-minute glimpse behind the scenes of their production of The Nutcracker. Or tour Queen Elizabeth Theatre (649 Cambie St.) with Vancouver Opera and get a glimpse of the staging, costume design, and background of their much-anticipated production of Bizet’s Carmen. 

Animate It! The Reel 2 Real Film Festival is offering free animation activities for kids and families at the Mount Pleasant branch (1 Kingsway) of the Vancouver Public Library. Learn how to make your own animated short film using objects and cut-out materials.

For more info on these and other Culture Days events, visit culturedays.ca.

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