Vernon kicks off provincewide BC Culture Days with festival at Polson Park

A celebration of culture

Polson Park in downtown Vernon is a beehive of activity today for the kick off to BC Culture Days.

Numerous events are planned throughout the day and into the evening, with the fun carrying on until 9 p.m.

“Vernon was selected to launch this festival of arts and culture across the province,” said Gale Woodhouse, executive director of the Arts Council of the North Okanagan.

There are live performances at the bandshell as well an artisan market, more than two dozen activity tents, food trucks, and more.

“We are encouraging the community to come on down and celebrate art and culture in the community,” said Woodhouse.

Through Oct. 16 there will be activities at locations throughout the North Okanagan and across the province.

For more information on what's happening, click here.

Vernon-Monashee MLA Harwinder Sandhu said Culture Days are important to break down barriers.

“I think every community should take a lot of pride in it and celebrate and to learn from history so when we come together to celebrate each other's cultures we learn more and that leaves no place for hatred and ignorance,” she said at the Vernon event.

"Culture Days is an important nationwide designation to strengthen and increase awareness, appreciation, participation and engagement in the arts and cultural life of communities. In B.C., we have so much to celebrate. This province's vibrant culture enriches our lives in countless ways and makes our communities inspiring and dynamic places to live and raise our families. It is through sharing our culture that we grow closer as a community."

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