BC150 yields new funding for arts and culture 

Arts and cultural programs throughout British Columbia are to receive yet another financial boost, thanks to the provincial government.

The Ministry of Tourism, Sports and the Arts recently announced a new partnership between the Assembly of B.C. Art Councils and BC150, the celebration of the 150 th anniversary of the establishment of British Columbia as a Crown colony in 1858. The new partnership will result in a $190,000 grant program to support art activities at a regional and community level.

“Through the BC150 Community Arts Grant, exciting new arts projects will bring B.C.’s rich history to life,” Tourism, Sport and the Arts Minister Stan Hagen said in a press release. “These projects will connect to BC150 celebrations in every corner of the province — and leave a legacy of arts and cultural projects for future audiences to enjoy.”

Eligible projects fall under a variety of artistic disciplines, including visual art projects, dance, musical or theatrical productions and presentations, and various publication projects.

The Assembly of B.C. Arts Councils will administer the grants, which will provide up to $10,000 in funding. Applications must be made by April 18, and projects must be completed by Dec. 31.


Pemberton celebrates gold rush route

As part of the province’s 150-year celebrations, Pemberton will be commemorating the construction of the Douglas Road, also known as the Lillooet Trail, which was also completed in 1858 and used to access gold fields in the Cariboo.

Vaudevillian performers with the Barkerville Theatre Royal are scheduled to roll into town to cap off a six-week tour of British Columbia. Their tour aims to promote Cariboo and Barkerville as tourist destinations, and to bring a bit of each location to communities throughout the province, with their troupe’s rendition of material that was actually sung at the Theatre Royal in Barkerville during the late 1800s. The performance focuses on music that was popular during the time of Confederation and tunes that capture the essence of Barkerville.

The performance will take place on Saturday, April 5 at the Pemberton Community Centre at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students, and are available at the Pemberton Scotiabank.


Coffee, Cake and Comedy

In the mood for a jolt of java and jokes? Then you’re in luck — head out to 3Below for a night of coffee, cake and comedy with Table 23, an improv group from Vancouver.

The troupe has been bringing laughter to audiences for almost eight years, delivering a range of sketches and collaborations that range from bizarre to downright hilarious, and incorporate the audience.


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