Culture Days kicked off on September 24 and will run for an entire month. This popular Canada-wide initiative is a celebration of arts and culture and thousands of free, hands-on and online unique cultural events are happening around the country and Surrey!
Surrey’s Culture Days programming includes a range of free activities and events organized by the Surrey Civic Theatres, Surrey Art Gallery, Historic Stewart Farm, Museum of Surrey, Surrey Archives, and the City’s Special Events team. This year there will be a combination of in-person and virtual events ranging from performances to tours and suitable for a variety of ages. Read on for the highlights.
Surrey Fusion Festival
This year’s Surrey Fusion Festival is running in partnership with Culture Days. Join the festival virtually to experience food, music, and culture through a digital concert series, cultural pavilion stories, and weekly cultural cooking challenges. And be sure to visit the collaborative billboard painted by cultural pavilion organizers in Holland Park for a chance to win prizes and celebrate multiculturalism, unity and diversity.
Self-Directed Heritage Driving Tours
Hop in the car to explore Surrey’s heritage. Pick your favourite neighbourhood or do all 4 of our driving tours to learn more about Surrey. Routes take you through South Surrey, Whalley, Port Kells and Clayton, and Cloverdale. Remember that these are self-guided tours, so be sure to follow the maps provided. If you are unable to drive, you can also use Google Earth and get up close and personal from the comfort of your living room.
UrbanScreen Exhibition Visits
Much like a game of “I spy,” Flavourcel’s project for UrbanScreen captures different sights from across Whalley and the broader Surrey region in animated form. The collective invites you to “spy” the things that connect with you: nearby shop facades, local ingredients, Surrey wildlife, popular sports, and more. Visit more than once as the display will change over the life of the exhibit. The UrbanScreen begins playing just after sunset on the side of Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre.
Sketching in the Gallery
Make art while experiencing art! The Surrey Art Gallery will be offering drawing benches for visitors to use to sketch the art on display. Each bench comes with a drawing board measuring 24″ x 32.5″ and all skill levels are welcome! Bring your own gallery-friendly art materials (pencils, paper, and coloured pencils.)
BEES! Feature Exhibition: Opening October 5 at the Museum of Surrey and virtually beginning October 19. The wonderful world of bees seen through the eyes of beekeepers and bee lovers in Surrey. This bilingual exhibition, with a virtual component to be ready by October 19, considers the fascinating science, environmental challenges and social world of bees. Curated in collaboration with The Honeybee Centre and partially funded through Heritage Canada.
Guided Tours of the Historic Stewart Farm: Join a group for a tour through the 1894 Victorian house to see how a local family would have lived some 100 years ago, then head outside to check out the Historic Pole Barn. Tours will be offered Wednesday to Sunday from 1:00 to 2:00 pm and 3:00 to 4:00 pm.
Surrey Art Gallery Exhibition Visits: includes Sandeep Johal: What If?, multimedia exhibit amplifies stories of resilient South Asian women; Phyllis Atkins: Divine Connection, paintings and sculptures drawn from Coast Salish tradition celebrate the artist’s connection to life and spirit; PICS: Seven Stories, photographs by women from Iraq, Syria, and Jordan newly living in the Lower Mainland; Manuel Piña: Naufragios, video project on migration and the ocean; and Atheana Picha: Echoes, an installation on the windows of Surrey Arts Centre that celebrates the significance of Coast Salish mountain goat horn bracelet.
Theatrical Presentations: Surrey Civic Theatres is offering four free online presentations from the 2020-21 Digital Stage season – one each week for the duration of the event. The performances will be available for viewing for the full week that they are posted. Presentations include concerts by cellist Cris Derksen and singer–songwriter Krystle Dos Santos, an imaginative and interactive show for very young children and their families from Vancouver’s Foolish Operations called Under the Sea, and a performance from the ever-popular story telling series The Flame.