Celebration of Culture 2023

The LAC Staff and Board of Directors would like to say a big thank you to everyone who came out to the LAC's first Celebration of Culture that took place March 11th and 12th 2023!

It was wonderful to have everyone back in the center and to see each other in person once again. Not only did we fest, but we learned, laughed, and enjoyed the array of cultures throughout the Langleys and beyond!

Not able to make it? Read about the Celebration of Culture HERE in the Aldergrove Star!

Additionally, if you haven't had a chance to check out the My Heritage Exhibition, be sure to do so! It can be seen online HERE and features 7 Fraser Valley artists. Each of these artists also submitted a statement about the works they submitted and how it touches on their heritage. This exhibition is on view until April 3rd.

Thank you to our Sponsors and everyone that was involved in making this a successful event.

Interested in being a Sponsor for the 2024 Celebration of Culture?

Contract: Freda Lombard at events@langleyarts.ca

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Langley Arts Council presents

Celebration of Culture

About the Event:

The Celebration of Culture which takes place on March 11th and 12th 2023, is a two-daylong celebratory event that promotes inclusivity and intercultural dialogue, the sharing of cultural practices, story-telling, and provides a safe space for conversation and the celebration of each culture’s unique attributes. The Celebration of Culture will provide space for education, connection, and the celebration of our cultural differences through music, dance, performance, and visual arts.

Event Details

Price: FREE for all ages

When: March 11th and 12th 2023

Where: LAC - Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Center - 26770 29th Ave, Aldergrove BC

Register at: https://buytickets.at/langleyartscouncil/853733

March 11th, 2023 - Morning Programming

Dance Class - Traditional and Classical Movement with a Bollywood Flair.

Time: 10:10 am – 10:55 am

Location: Main hall - Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Center - 26770 29th Ave, Aldergrove BC

Ages: 14+

Price: FREE

Registration is closed as we are fully booked for the Traditional and Classical Movement with a Bollywood Flair class! There is still room for the evening live music portion of the event and the Sunday vendor market. If you'd like to get on the list for more dance programming email artscoordinator@langleyarts.ca with the subject line - subscribe to classes/workshops!

Register at: https://buytickets.at/langleyartscouncil/853733

Pre-registration Required

A true fusion of east and west, the sizzling nature of Indian dance combines traditional classical movements with a Bollywood flair. High energy, sensuality, and gracefulness are what we're all about. Add colorful costumes to the mix and we have something that everyone can indulge in! Whether you're a beginner or an experienced dancer, come and get a taste of India in a fun, interactive way. Experience rhythmic sounds and high-intensity choreography with Sherry Duggal, the award-winning dancer/ actress!

We will learn a routine for an Indian item with an emphasis on abhinaya or expression.

Watch an exciting demonstration by the Rock Step Lindy Hoppers before learning the lindy hop and the 1920s Charleston!

Time: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Ages: 12+

Location: Main hall - Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Center - 26770 29th Ave, Aldergrove BC

Price: FREE

Register at: https://buytickets.at/langleyartscouncil/853733

Pre-registration Required

Rock Step Swing Dance Society’s mission is to use swing dancing to improve the quality of lives of those within our communities. It is our goal to use swing dance to make people feel happier and healthier. Swing dancing, we believe, has the power to foster stronger communities and promote greater individual health and well-being. Our main goals are to spread the enjoyment of the dance, build communities, and use the dance to promote mental, emotional, physical, and social well-being. We will accomplish this by offering fun, friendly, inclusive dance classes, events, and workshops for all within the community. Additionally, we strive to create an open and safe atmosphere where anyone can feel free to use this amazing dance as a means of self-expression.

March 11th - Evening Programming

Time: March 11th, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Ages: Appropriate for all ages

Location: Main hall - Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Center - 26770 29th Ave, Aldergrove BC

Price: FREE

Register at:https://buytickets.at/langleyartscouncil/853733

Pre-registration Required

Licensed event (Bar open 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

5:30 pm

Opening of food sales, bar and our event with our fabulous host/emcee Cliff Prang

Cliff Prang is a professional actor, comedian, writer & producer. He has been in love with making people laugh since birth and has a full menu of comedy options including stand up, improv, speaking, emceeing, auctioneering and delivers those services to a broad spectrum of audiences at Bars, Clubs, Schools, Churches, Fundraisers, Corporate Events, Zoom & even once at a Funeral.

Food Available by: Maguis Peruvian Cocina

Available from: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Menu: Arroz con pollo (Chicken and rice - Peruvian style) $13. Empanadas (Beef, chicken & Spinach, and Cheese) start at $4 each. Tamales $4

6:00 pm

Performance by the Wild Moccasins

The Wild Moccasin Dancers are an intertribal dance collective that lives works and plays on the Unceded Coast Salish Territories. The artists involved have been sharing their gifts for most of their lives, and express these gifts through songs, dances, and storytelling. We believe that by sharing what has been gifted to each of us, we strengthen the gifts within all of us. The Wild Moccasin Dancers engage the audience and encourage participation by creating a safe space of inclusion. Our mission is to bring all peoples together by utilizing medicine wheel teachings through intertribal dance steps and styles. Regardless of race, gender, religion, age, or ability, there is enough space for all of us.

7:00 pm

Presentation by Vancouver InterCultural Orchestra

Presenters: Mark Armanini, Artistic Director & Farshid Samandari, Composer in Residence

Performers: Dailin Hsieh, Chinese zheng & Ali Razmi, Persian Tar

Music of the World with Solo and Duo Performances.

The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, founded in 2001, was one of the first professional concert orchestras devoted specifically to performing new intercultural music on a grand scale. It is currently the only ensemble of its kind in Canada, and one of only a handful that exists in the world. The VICO brings together musicians and composers from many cultural and artistic communities in the Greater Vancouver area, including Chinese, Taiwanese, Japanese, Indian, Persian (Iranian), Latin and South American, Vietnamese, African, North American, and European. The ensemble includes Western strings and winds (violin, viola, cello, contrabass, oboe, flute, clarinet) alongside Chinese erhu, sanxian, zheng, and sheng/suona; Persian kamanche, tar/setar, and tombak; Vietnamese dan bau; percussion from many world music traditions; and a variety of other instruments as required.

March 12th, 2023 - Sunday Programming

Vendor market

Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Main hall - Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Center - 26770 29th Ave, Aldergrove BC

Ages: All ages

Price: FREE

Register at: https://buytickets.at/langleyartscouncil/853733

Unique vendors which includes Alpaca and Handmade goods that represents Latin American Culture, Filipino Sponge Cake, Chinese Incense, Peruvian Food products, rope baskets, Spicy Mexican sweets and much more.

Also at the market enjoy live music:

11 - 1pm Music by "Gabriel Regehr is a 22-year-old Filipino-Canadian Saxophonist and Pianist whose artistry and performances are inspired by legendary musicians and singers such as Kenny G, Moonchild, and Whitney Houston. He has been recognized and awarded as the winner of Youth Talent Search BC and Close Look Got Talent, as well as being the runner-up of Tri-Cities Got Talent. He's appeared on Paul Anthony's Talent Time twice, performed for the Vancouver Singing Christmas Tree, and the Miss Philippines International of BC Beauty Pageant. Now he currently performs in several of Translink's Skytrain Stations as a Busker, while simultaneously performing at shows and private events all throughout the Lower Mainland."