Langley is joining in British Columbia's Culture Days, and the 450 free events and activities happening province-wide to celebrate arts and culture between Sept. 27 and 29.
Hundreds of free, interactive activities are planned across B.C., inviting people to get involved with the arts and artists in their communities to share their love of culture.
"Culture Days is an opportunity to showcase the talent and creativity that exists across our province," said Lucille Pacey, president and CEO of Arts Umbrella, and chair of the BC Culture Days task force.
"From street art to high art, pop culture to traditional culture, Culture Days is an opportunity to engage with art and artists in a different way."
Here in Langley, the annual Art Studio Tour continues Sept. 28 and 29 (see stories page A15) as well as an art show at Murrayville Library on the Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27 and 28; a storytime at the City of Langley Library on the Friday; a 100-Mile Clothing: Spinning, Weaving, and Knitting exhibit on display at the Muriel Arnason Library in Willoughby on the Saturday; music, arts, and crafts at the Fort Langley Farmers Market, again on the Saturday; a yarn bombing and crafts event at Fort Langley Library on Friday and Saturday; and a family Lego Club event at Cloverdale Library on Saturday.
ROCKING THE VALLEY
Many bands pass through B.C. and only perform on the other side of the Port Mann Bridge. But one Langley-grown artist wants that all to change, for at least one day per year.
Alternative-rock musician Daniel Wesley is spearheading the inaugural Rock the Valley music festival, to be held this year in White Rock on Saturday.
"I want to start putting on a yearly event in the Lower Mainland to bring some good bands out and hopefully build it to a bigger and bigger thing, like an outdoor event," he said.
Wesley - who will headline this year's festival, with funkand-soul septet The Boom Booms opening - hopes to pack the 500-person multi-use hall, located at 15262 Pacific Ave.
Tickets for the 19-year-old-plus event are $30 at www.ticketbreak.com/event_details/6588. Doors open at 7.
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MARKET IN WILLOUGHBY
An outdoor artisans' market is in the works in Willoughby this weekend. This event, running Saturday, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the new Willoughby Town Centre at 208th Street and 80th Avenue, will feature the artisans' market, as well as a barbecue, local entertainment, and a petting zoo.
KITCHEN PARTY PLANNED
The United Churches of Langley are hosting a kitchen party of sorts next week - with a traditional Maritime lunch of tea biscuits and jam, and music served up.
The Céilidh (Kay-lee) or Down Home Kitchen Party is being held in the hall at the St. Andrew's United Church, at 9025 Glover Rd. in Fort Langley.
The event is being held on Thursday, Sept. 26, from 7 to 9:45 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. The next Ceilidh will be held Oct. 24.
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