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ARTS CORNER: Culture Blast: An Arts Explosion! comes to Burnaby on Sunday

CircusWest will be among the performances during this Sunday’s Culture Blast, taking the stage at 4:25 p.m. There will be workshops by the group earlier in the day.  - Contributed photo
CircusWest will be among the performances during this Sunday’s Culture Blast, taking the stage at 4:25 p.m. There will be workshops by the group earlier in the day.
— image credit: Contributed photo

One of the highlights of working at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts is that not only is it situated in stunning Deer Lake Park, it is part of Burnaby’s Cultural Precinct. 

This precinct encompasses the Burnaby Art Gallery, the Burnaby Village Museum, the Burnaby Arts Council and of course, the Shadbolt Centre.

Thanks to the Burnaby Arts Council’s Spirit Festival grant, for the first time Burnaby’s Cultural Precinct is coming together, to host Culture Blast: An Arts Explosion! this Sunday.

A multitude of entertaining and experimental artistic events will take place throughout Deer Lake Park. With a spectacular line-up of local, national and internationally known artists, visitors will observe and engage in performance art pieces, dance, art demonstrations and First Nations carving.  

At the Shadbolt Centre, performances and workshops by CircusWest will dazzle onlookers with juggling, unicycling and human pyramids while they revive many of the acts they performed at the 2010 Winter Olympics’ B.C. Pavilion. A film festival will feature video performance art: “Not Sure” by Dinka Pignon and Emma Hendrix. Aerial dance artist Alisoun Payne, who flew as an aerialist at the 2010 Winter Olympics’ opening and closing ceremonies, will perform an aerial silk piece in the Shadbolt Centre’s Atrium. There will be a whole lot of (participatory) dancing going on, including Salsabrosa—Canada’s premier and only all-female Cuban Salsa team united by their love and appreciation for dancing and Cuban culture.

Culture Blast: An Arts Explosion! will feature over 40 artful activities in all—including an art installation by Rebecca Belmore at the Burnaby Art Gallery and performance art by Heidi Nagtegaal and Kristina Lee Podesva at the Burnaby Village Museum. Music performed by Tin Pan Band, JH String Ensemble and the Drum Syndicate as well as rovers like Lady Neige and Winter Jester will delight all.

Culture Blast: An Arts Explosion! is a sure way to rekindle the excitement we experienced this time last year.

• Culture Blast: An Arts Explosion!

Sunday, Feb. 20, noon-5 p.m.

Info and schedule of events at cultureblast.org

• Sher Hackwell is a marketing coordinator at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6344 Deer Lake Ave.

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