BC Culture Days rolls out events 

Also in arts news: WFF Doc Lab deadline nears; Pemberton Barn Dance returns

click to enlarge Charlie Easton is Mountain Galleries’ artist-in-residence during BC Culture Days, running from Sept. 27 to 29. Photos from the archives
  • Charlie Easton is Mountain Galleries’ artist-in-residence during BC Culture Days, running from Sept. 27 to 29. Photos from the archives

BC Culture Days is marking its 10th anniversary from Sept. 27 to 29.

The annual celebration hosts hundreds of free arts, culture and heritage events across the province—including in Whistler.

On Friday, Sept. 27, and Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., and on Sunday, Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., locals can head down to Mountain Galleries in the Fairmont Chateau Whistler to meet artist-in-residence Charlie Easton, who will be painting inside and outside the hotel.

Meanwhile, you can also take in events around the province—including down the highway in North Vancouver, Vancouver, and the Lower Mainland—that range from music and dance performances to art exhibits and crafting workshops.

For more information, or to find an event, visit culturedays.ca/bc.

WFF Doc Lab applications open

Calling all documentary filmmakers. The deadline for the Whistler Film Festival's Doc Lab is quickly approaching.

The intensive, multi-day mentorship program is open to Canadian documentary filmmakers with social issue-focused feature projects currently underway.

The two-phase project accepts up to 10 filmmakers who have documentaries that are up to 90 minutes in length in any stage of development.

"Designed to provide an inclusive environment for project development and career acceleration, the program includes a dynamic multi-day workshop and mentorship experience for documentary filmmakers that nurtures collaboration between creators, funders and audience through networking opportunities, one-on-one meetings and professional development sessions," according to the description.

The first phase of the program takes place during the Whistler Film Festival + Content Summit from Dec. 4 to 8. The second phase is set for some time between January and April 2020.

An example of where the lab can take you: local Darcy Hennessey Turenne took part in 2017 with her film The Moment. The next year, that film was featured as the Whistler Film Festival's closing night film.

The deadline to apply is Oct. 1. For more, visit whistlerfilmfestival.com/talent/doc-lab.

Pemberton Barn Dance returns

The Pemberton Barn Dance is returning for its massive, annual hoedown on Saturday, Sept. 21—and we have good news and bad news.

The good news? The event will feature local country favourites Northern Ignition kicking off the evening and headliners Chris Buck Band rounding out the party.

The bad news? Predictably, it's sold out, as it is every year. However, keep your eye on the event's Facebook page for people selling tickets. (Search Pemberton Barn Dance 2019 on Facebook.)

The event runs from 7 p.m. until 12 a.m. at the Downtown Community Barn.

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