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Culture Days in Kelowna

 
Culture Days returns to Kelowna Sept 25-27th. It's a celebration of culture in our community and I caught up with Rawle James to talk more about Culture Days (video above).
 
Here are the events happening for Culture Days in Kelowna this year:
 
Friday, Sept. 25th 
 
New Canadian Photovoice Exhibit
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Ever wonder how residents who are new Canadians view their experience of settling in Kelowna? Come see an exhibition of some of the photographs contributed by participants of the Kelowna Immigrant Health and Wellbeing Photovoice Project. 
Location: Kelowna Branch Library, 2nd floor, 1380 Ellis Street
 
Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony
1 – 3 p.m. 
Come and learn about the ancient art of the Japanese Tea Ceremony in beautiful Kasugai Garden. Members of the Kelowna-Kasugai Sister City Association will demonstrate and explain each aspect of the ceremony.
Location: Kasugai Garden, 1435 Water Street  (Behind City Hall)
 
Kelowna Culture Days Launch
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. 
Join MC Susan Knight of Q103 for the kick-off of Culture Days in Kelowna. Live music, dance , poetry, cake, refreshments and much more. 
Location: Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Avenue
 
Guided Culture Crawl Kelowna
6 - 9 p.m.
Join crawl leaders as they lead you through the Cultural District & Downtown, stopping to explore some of the arts & culture of our community along the way.
Location: Meet at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Avenue
 
Draw by Night meets Artist Trading Cards
7 - 9 p.m.
Come armed with your favorite drawing utensil or just bring yourself. WE will provide materials and food for your inspiration. Come draw with us! 
Location: Alternator Centre inside the Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Avenue
 
Opening Reception for Elizabeth D’Agostin: Makeshift
7 - 9 p.m.
The solo show features prints that explore themes from the natural world. Artist will be in attendance. 
Location: Kelowna Art Gallery, 1315 Water Street 
 
Saturday, Sept. 26th
Etsy: Made in Canada Day Market
9 a.m.  - 5 p.m.
Showcases original, handmade good made in Canada.
Location: Sandhill Winery, 1125 Richter Street
 
Museum Archives & Conservation Tours
10:00 am , 11:00am 2:00pm & 3:00pm 
Learn how history comes alive by taking an exclusive behind the scenes peek during a guided tour of the Kelowna Museums’ Conservation Lab and Public Archives. We will offer four 30 minute tours that will take visitors on an exploratory behind the scenes look at how the collections in the museum are cared for.
Location: Okanagan Heritage Museum, 470 Queensway Ave.
 
Art Party
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Art pandemonium! Come paint on the sidewalks, windows, mural ... or your face! 
Location: Kelowna Art Gallery, 1315 Water Street
 
New Canadian Photovoice Exhibit
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Ever wonder how residents who are new Canadians view their experience of settling in Kelowna? Come see an exhibition of some of the photographs contributed by participants of the Kelowna Immigrant Health and Wellbeing Photovoice Project. 
Location: Kelowna Branch Library, 2nd floor, 1380 Ellis Street
 
Photographing Buildings and Flowers
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Join Kim Elwood, one of the most experienced art instructors in the Okanagan, at one of the most scenic heritage sites in the Okanagan. 
Location: Benvoulin Heritage Church, 2279 Benvoulin Road
 
Building Homes for Mason Bees
11:00 a.m.  - 3 p.m.
Join eco-artist Lori Mairs as she leads a community project building homes for mason bees out of recycled materials and shares her passion for listening to nature.
Location: Brent’s Grist Mill Heritage Site, 2128 Leckie Place
 
Saving The Old Brent’s Grist Mill
11:00 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Come and find out the history of Brent's Grist Mill, and why stabilization work is about to get underway. Watch grain get milled into flour with a table mounted grinder and children can try their hand at Bob's logs building set. A circa 1900 Fanning Mill will be on display along with photos and displays. 
Location: Brent’s Grist Mill Heritage Site, 2128 Leckie Place
 
Guided Exhibition Art Gallery Tours
Tours every hour 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Visitors will be given guided tours of the two captivating exhibitions on view. Join a knowledgeable guide as you explore the works in Elizabeth D’Agostino: Makeshift and Jeroen Witvliet: Wayfarer. 
Location: Kelowna Art Gallery, 1315 Water Street
 
Behind-the-Scenes Vault Tours
Tours every hour 11:30 a.m. to  3:00 p.m.
Visitors may go on a behind-the-scenes tour of the back of house, including our permanent collection storage area led by curatorial staff. This area is generally off limits to the public so it will be a fascinating look at what goes on at a Gallery behind the exhibitions! 
Location: Kelowna Art Gallery, 1315 Water Street
 
Family Story Time
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Family story time with a musical theme.
All ages are welcome to participate in the dance party.
Location: Kelowna Library, 1380 Ellis Street
 
Symphony at the Library
11:45 a.m.  - 12:30 p.m.
Join us to celebrate musicians from the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra as we present interactive performances, fun for the whole family.
Location: Kelowna Library, 1380 Ellis Street
 
Rutland Artful Shenanigans 
12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Join local artisans in a fun filled, hands on, creative play day for all ages. Bring a rock to paint, try your hand at soapstone carving, paint a mustache on your grandma, or create yourself a piece of jewelry. There will be paint offs, door prizes, goody bags, and some surprises.
Location:  Roxby Park (260 Hwy 33)
 
heART School - Village Mural
12 - 4 p.m.
Lead by local artist Shannon Breadner, this is an opportunity to see and be part of modern creativity at work.
Location: Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Avenue
 
“Hippie Up” the Van
12 - 4 p.m.
Grab a paint brush and your creative flair to paint local artist Shannon Breadner’s van. 
Location: Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Avenue
 
Cultural Film Festival
12 - 1:30 p.m.
Celebration of Aboriginal filmmakers who use film to tell their own stories in their own words. Serving tea, ice cream and bannock. 
Location: Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society, 442 Leon Avenue
 
Tipi Raising
12 - 4 p.m.
Tipi raising, storytelling, children’s crafts and activities and traditional dancing. 
Location: Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Avenue
 
Living Library
12 - 4 p.m.
The Human Library concept is about offering people as books. To be lent out to curious readers who will ask them questions and challenge their perceptions on different groups in the community. 
Location: Rotary Centre for the Arts,  421 Cawston Avenue
 
Sketching at Benvoulin
Saturday       12 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.
Join Kim Elwood, one of the most experienced art instructors in the Okanagan, at one of the most scenic heritage sites in the Okanagan. 
Location: Benvoulin Heritage Church, 2279 Benvoulin Road
 
Music School Open House
1 - 3 p.m.
Join us as we open the music school to give the community an opportunity to see music education in action. An instrument “petting zoo” will give you an opportunity to touch and try different instruments. 
Location: Kelowna Community Music School, 728 Dehart Ave
 
What does it take to look after historic old buildings?
Saturday       1:45 – 2:15 a.m./2:30 – 3:00p.m.
Most of us love to have these old buildings in our landscape but what goes into taking care of them. Have a talk and a tour of Historic Benvoulin Church with those who work with it every day.
Location: Benvoulin Heritage Church, 2279 Benvoulin Road
 
Bumbershoot Theatre - I met a Bully on the Hill
2:00 p.m.
A story of three young children who must find a way to cope with the actions of a bully, discovering that retaliation is not the answer. In this engaging and honest play, award-wining writers Martha Brooks and Maureen Hunter address an issue that affects so many young people and their families in a compassionate and compelling manner. Admission for this performance is by donation.
Location: Bumbershoot Children’s Theatre, 1295 Cannery Lane
 
Cool Arts Society Opening Reception: SELF
2 – 3:30 p.m.
Cool Arts is dedicated to providing fine arts opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities living in the Central Okanagan. SELF Is an Exhibition that displays self portraits of the Artists of The Cool Arts Society.
Location: Rotary Centre for the Arts,  421 Cawston Avenue (Studio 103)
 
Moon Festival
6 - 9 p.m.
Performances, moon cakes & dumplings, moon gazing and games. 
Location: Laurel Packing House Hall, 1304 Ellis Street
 
Guided Culture Crawl Kelowna
6 - 9 p.m.
Join crawl leaders as they lead you through the Cultural District & Downtown, stopping to explore some of the arts & culture of our community along the way.
Location: Meet at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Avenue
 
Inspired Word Cafe: Speak Easy Show
9:30 p.m. - 1 a.m. (next day)
.A night of belly dancing/poetry/music...This show is a collaboration between le Centre culturel francophone de l'Okanagan and will be held in the front of the Kelowna Heritage Museum as part of the Nuit Blanche celebration
Location: Heritage Museum, 470 Queensway Avenue
 
Nuit Blanche ‘Under the Stars’
9:30 p.m. - 1 a.m. (next day)
Nuit Blanche - Under the stars is a unique night of creative and urban experience in the heart of Kelowna. Light projections, artistic installations, live performances, workshops, music, exhibitions and more. Six different artistic light projections will be shown on buildings around Kelowna downtown: Rotary Centre for the Arts, Okanagan Heritage Museum, Okanagan Military Museum, Kelowna Community Theatre, Centre Culturel Francophone de l'Okanagan & the Firehall at Water & Leon
Location: Downtown Kelowna
 
Sunday, Sept. 27th 
 
Family Sundays - Create your own Wildlife Painting
1 - 4 p.m.
Children and families will celebrate culture in the Okanagan by selecting their favourite Canadian animals and using acrylic paint to create your own unique paintings. This hands-on-activity is inspired by Valerie Rogers’ exhibition Lift Off and Soar at our satellite space at the Kelowna International Airport. 
Location: Kelowna Art Gallery, 1315 Water Street 
 
Kelowna Comic Jam at Opus Art Supplies
1 - 4 p.m.
Come and join the Okanagan Comic Arts Association as we take over the classroom at Opus Art Supplies and scratch your sketching itch. All you need to bring is your pen and your love of drawing.
Location: Opus Art Supplies, 1357 Ellis Street 
 
Chinese Dance Class
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Adults
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Children
Enjoy watching members of the Okanagan Chinese Canadian Association perform Chinese folk dances and take an opportunity to join in if you wish.
Location: Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Avenue
 
Taiji Class
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Taiji, or Tai Chi, can help you enhance your strength, balance, flexibility and cardiovascular health.
Location: Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Avenue
 
The Right to a Healthy Environment
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
An evening of live performances, talks and discussions. 
Location: Kelowna Community Theatre, 1375 Water Street
 


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Ryan Donn is a singer/songwriter, event producer, digital creative, and Councillor at the City of Kelowna

I love creating songs, which have been used by the Terry Fox Run, Kelowna’s Centennial Celebration, or heard on various local radio stations. 

In the past few years, I've focused on creating community events including Music in the Park, New York New Years, Castanet’s Free Family Skate, Talented Kids, Talented Kelowna, and others.

Originally from Scotland, I’ve lived in Kelowna for over 20 years. My wife, Kimberly, and our two daughters, Lyla and Bella, share our home with Tom (adult with diverse abilities).

In 2014, I was elected to Kelowna City Council. 

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