Whistler Children's Festival tickets go on sale 

Arts news briefs: Pemberton Museum hosts open house; Audain Art Museum announces fundraiser

click to enlarge PHOTO BY SEAN ST. DENIS/ COURTESY OF ARTS WHISTLER - party time The Whistler Children's Festival is set to return to the Village from July 6 to 8.
  • photo by Sean St. Denis/ courtesy of arts whistler
  • party time The Whistler Children's Festival is set to return to the Village from July 6 to 8.

School is almost out for the summer and you know what that means—the Whistler Children's Festival is around the corner.

The two-day event is set to return for its 35th year from July 6 to 8 with tickets on sale as of last Monday, June 18.

The festivities will kick off with a free, all-ages party on Friday and then include two full days of creative workshops, interactive activities and performances.

This year, performers include Bad Habit, Big Love and Biggins, Ira Pettle, Circus Fungus, JennaMae and the Groove Section and Jocelyn Pettit Band.

Free activities range from making art with the Audain Art Museum to the colouring village, and an interactive museum with the Whistler Museum as well as interactive sports courtesy of Whistler Sports Legacies—to name just a few.

The workshops, meanwhile, require registration. To see the full list of events or to buy tickets visit whistlerchildrensfestival.com.

Pemberton Museum hosts open house

The Pemberton Museum is opening its doors on Saturday, June 23.

The downtown institution is welcoming the community to its open house from 2 to 4 p.m. During the event, the museum will highlight some of the changes it made after receiving BC Canada 150 funding from the province.

There will be coffee, tea and baked goods for sale and all ages are welcome, the organization said.

Audain event set

Master Carver James Hart's The Dance Screen (The Scream Too) has greeted visitors to the Audain Art Museum since it opened in 2016.

The large, detailed piece, depicting many traditional Haida beings, is meant to show the existence of the spiritual and human realms. With multiple moving parts, the work of art is also designed to be part of a dance in a First Nations' ceremony that is said to allow for the transition between the two realms it represents.

On Sept. 22, the piece will be danced during a ceremony for the first time. "This event represents an exceptional opportunity to witness the traditional performance of Hart and his troupe of Haida dancers, adorned with ceremonial regalia now housed in the National Gallery of Canada," according to the museum in a release. "This event symbolizes an iconic moment for Canada and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness a piece of Northwest Coast art and culture, merging traditional history with the contemporary."

There will only be 100 tickets sold for this event for $1,200 each (a dinner will follow the ceremony) with proceeds going to the museum's exhibits and educational programs.

For more visit audainartmuseum.com.


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