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Here are the events New West is hosting for BC Culture Days 2023

These 11 events highlight another year of celebrating New Westminster's diversity through arts, crafts, dance and community.
"Measure" is a new exhibit at New Westminster's New Media Gallery in time for BC Culture Days 2023.

BC Culture Days are here.

For three weeks, communities across the province are hosting community events, shows, presentations and gatherings in hopes the public can immerse themselves in the creativity and diversity right in their backyards.

This includes five events scheduled for New Westminster starting as early as Oct. 4.

"We are elated to witness how Culture Days organizers throughout the province are embracing the theme of accessibility in the arts," said Nazanin Shoja, BC Culture Days program director, in a statement.

"We anticipate that our events will foster a heightened awareness about inclusive practices in cultural programming, contributing to a more inclusive and diverse artistic community in B.C."

She added, this year, BC Culture Days is celebrating the province's expansive cultural landscape by putting the focus on a diverse group of B.C.-based emerging artists who are dedicated to making art that is accessible and inclusive to all.

For more information, you can visit the BC Culture Days website.

New West is one of 50 cities participating for the 2023 edition of Culture Days, running provincially until Oct. 15.

The local events are as follows:

Measure - Curatorial Talks

In this exhibition, artists consider how we measure and track the movements of our perceived world through space and time. The works address the measurement of time, light, colours, seasons and the movement of celestial bodies.

The exhibition as a whole considers complex interactions and interconnections ; how one thing can be understood to influence another... and how human bodies and technical apparatus measure, document and allow us to perceive unfolding events as part of an embodied experience.

The Gallery at Queen's Park - Best of the Crawl

  • Centennial Lodge (Queen's Park)
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Oct. 4 to 15

The Best of the Crawl Exhibition features the works of participating Crawl artists! Browse pieces from over 30 of our city’s artists as you plan your 2023 New West Cultural Crawl route. The 20th Annual New West Cultural Crawl, taking place Oct. 14 and 15, is a chance for the community and beyond to connect through art in a fun and safe way. This year’s crawl is an opportunity for art lovers, community members and visitors to explore local art and discover the diverse cultural experience that exists within the city.

New West Cultural Crawl Opening Celebration

Join us in celebrating 20 years of the New West Cultural Crawl.

Renowned local artist, Leslie Poole, will be filling the Plaskett Gallery and the hallways of Massey Theatre. This exhibition marks the first time Leslie has showcased his work for the first time in New Westminster. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Vancouver-based artist Leslie Poole is internationally exhibited, and has had over 115 solo exhibitions in Canada and the U.S.; one-person shows in Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco; and his work has been shown in solo exhibitions in numerous Canadian museums.

This event is free to attend.

New West Cultural Crawl 2023

  • Braid St. Studios (321 6th St.)
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Oct. 14 and 15

Join me and over a dozen more artists, all in one location, opening our studios for the 2023 Cultural Crawl. Drop into Studio 11 to see some finished works and get to know my process.

Free street parking. Enter the lobby and take the elevator to the 3rd floor.

New West Cultural Crawl - 25x

  • Massey Theatre (735 8th Ave.)
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Oct. 14 and 15

The New West Cultural Crawl is an annual arts & culture festival that celebrates and exhibits the vast creative talents across New Westminster. Artist studios and venues open their doors for two days to welcome thousands of visitors from across Metro Vancouver.

The 20th Annual New West Cultural Crawl, at more than 25 venues across the city, is family-friendly and invites audiences of young and old to explore at their own pace, and check out artworks by professional and emerging artists who reside in the city.