Whistler’s Cultural Connector hosts BC Culture Days

Whistler’s Cultural Connector hosts BC Culture Days

Discover the unexpected, celebrate creativity, challenge your perspectives and uncover moments in history as you explore the arts, culture and heritage offerings that connect us to the heart of Whistler.

Join in on a celebration of Whistler’s arts and culture scene as Whistler’s Cultural Connector hosts BC Culture Days September 29 – October 1. Bring the whole family on an interactive adventure through Whistler Village.

The Cultural Connector pathway connects Whistler’s key cultural venues. From the legends of the First Nations to the pioneering stories of Whistler’s founders, international artistic masterpieces, and architectural feats to local art, music, and theatre – the Cultural Connector weaves these experiences together with additional surprises along the way on the BC Culture Days weekend.

Pick up a Culture Maps brochure at the Arts Centre or view the maps online at artswhistler.com/explore, then take in the fun tours and activities happening for the whole family during BC Culture Days. Look for the brightly coloured Fall for Arts flags at each venue, check out what’s inside, and celebrate Whistler’s arts and culture community.

Take a sneak peak of what’s happening for BC Culture Days weekend:

Audain Art Museum

This fantastic addition to Whistler’s cultural scene is the official provincial host venue for the BC Culture Days Opening Ceremony. Immerse yourself in the unique art of BC by exploring the permanent collection comprised of over 200 works by BC artists spread throughout seven galleries. Highlights include two dozen Emily Carr paintings and a collection of Northwest Coast masks that pre-date European contact, modernist paintings and sculptures, and thought provoking contemporary works created by First Nations artists.

BC Culture Days Tips

  • Haven’t explored the museum yet? You’re in luck! The Audain is celebrating BC Culture Days with FREE ADMISSION Thursday, September 28 from 6pm-7:30pm.
  • Get the whole family celebrating arts and culture at the fun and FREE Family Dance! Celebrate with friends and neighbours under the Audain Art Museum with an evening dance. DJ Ira will get everyone up and dancing and DJ Foxy Moron is standing by to take your requests.

Maury Young Arts Centre

The Maury Young Arts Centre is your hub for everything arts and culture in Whistler. The Arts Centre hosts a community gallery, local artisan wares, a performance theatre, and multipurpose rooms for workshops and rehearsals. Whatever your interest—live music, theatre performances, painting workshops, improve classes, children’s festivals, writing retreats, film screenings, and speaker series – this is where you can find out what’s happening in the arts and culture scene in Whistler. Come play the People’s Piano, explore The Gallery, and get involved in the arts community. Grab a Fall for Arts magazine listing everything going on in the arts community from now through December.

BC Culture Days Tips

  • Light up the night with Free Drop-in Lantern Decorating on Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30! One of our craft expects will help you create and decorate a beautiful lantern you can bring with you to the Solstice Celebration on December 21.
  • Get stoked for winter with the Numinous Whistler Premier, Saturday Night at the Arts Centre. Featuring Kye Peterson, Numinous explores the relationships and connections with the natural world and is shot exclusively in BC. BONUS: Explore the Bizarre Beautiful exhibit and grab a drink in The Gallery before the show!
  • Brush up on your writing skills with Rebecca Wood-Barrett’s workshop God is in the Details: Finding Truth in Your Writing by Sticking to the Specific, Friday, September 29. Sharpen your skills of observation, discover how to use specific detail to hone your writing, and earn a sense of authority and authenticity with your readers.

Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

Join a Cultural Ambassador on a guided tour, share in their stories, and experience an overview of the traditional way of life of both the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations. On the tour you’ll experience a welcome song, enjoy an inspiring film, and create your own First Nations craft to take home as a keepsake. Experience the Centre and have fun trying on traditional regalia, playing a drum, and discovering the interactive exhibits.

BC Culture Days Tips

  • The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre Ambassadors will open the official BC Culture Days Opening Ceremony with traditional drumming and Welcome Song.
  • Experience the 11am Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre Tour by donation during BC Culture Days.

Whistler Public Library

The Whistler Public Library is a work of art itself with an impressive list of architectural awards. This contemporary library embraces learning for the 21st century. In addition to visitors and locals enjoying an impressive book collection, Whistler’s library offers a host of digital assets and a packed event schedule including a speaker series, film and games nights, book and astronomy clubs, plus a whole schedule of family and children-focused activities.

BC Culture Days Tips

Whistler Museum

The Whistler Museum invites you to discover the Whistler you don’t know. From Whistler’s colourful pioneers to the bid for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, the museum uncovers Whistler’s best kept secrets, mountain moments, and natural history. If you’re looking for an Instagram-worthy shot, take a snap holding a real 2010 Olympic torch. Don’t miss the eye-catching mural on the outside of the building of Whistler’s most famous pioneer, Myrtle Philip, painted by local artist Kris Kupskay.

BC Culture Days Tips

  • Ever wonder what Whistler looked like in the 70’s and 80’s? Long time locals and newbies alike can explore the history of Whistler through photographs from the Whistler Question from 1978-1985. You might even see some people you recognize!
  • The Whistler Museum is always open by donation. Dive deep into the history of our mountain town!

Around Town

There’s no shortage of arts and culture throughout Whistler. Check out the Whistler Farmers’ Market, live music and painting along the Cultural Connector Path, the Sketchy Whistler Sketch Crawl, art competitions, and more.

Follow the Fall for Arts flags along the Cultural Connector to discover all that Whistler has to offer.

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For details on all events visit artswhistler.com/culturedays

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