This New West dancer is featured at the Heart of the City Festival

A New West resident is front and centre in this year’s Heart of the City Festival.

The 16th annual Downtown Eastside festival features 12 days of music, stories, theatre, cultural celebrations, dance, readings, workshops and more, all on the theme of Holding the Light. It runs Wednesday, Oct. 30 to Sunday, Nov. 10, with more than 100 events at more than 40 locations throughout the Downtown Eastside.

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New Westminster resident Arno Kamolika, a Bharatanatyam dance artist and instructor, is performing during the popular Ukrainian Hall Community Concert and Supper on Sunday, Nov. 3. The event includes performances by the Barvinok Choir, Vancouver Folk Ensemble and the Dovbush Dancers, along with special guests including Kamolika, with her South Indian classical dance, and Vostok (The East), an East Vancouver-based vocal trio that specializes in music from Eastern Europe and the Balkans.

The performance is followed by a sit-down Ukrainian supper.

Tickets are $25, or $15 for children; call 604-254-3436 or book through (search for AUUC Concert at Heart of the City Festival).

There’s a host of other events on offer at the festival, too, and the majority are free or by donation. For a full-run-down, see

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