The Mission Punjabi Culture Club (pictured above performing at Missionfest in August) will be part of the official opening launch of BC Culture days. The launch takes place Sept. 22 in Mission. / File Photo

Mission to launch BC Culture Days

Special preview launch takes place Sept. 22

Mission is preparing to host an extravaganza event in September.

BC Culture Days is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and Mission was chosen as the host of the official provincial launch.

On Sunday, Sept. 22 at Heritage Park Centre, you can enjoy dancing demos (by Can Dance Studio and Dunvegan Dance Academy), music (Liisa Nessim, Boris Sichon and the Mission Arts Council Orchestra are scheduled to perform) as well as visual and literary arts displays and demos, heritage presentations and a theatrical workshop.

The event, called Mission: A Mosaic of Cultures, runs from 1-3 p.m.

It begins with an official opening ceremony, including a welcome by Leq’ a: mel First Nation Chief Alice Thompson, the Serenta Singers, directed by Deborah Handley, will perform a performance of Ghana Alleluia with audience participation and there will be a pre-taped, inspirational message from Mission-born singer Carly Rae Jepson.

The culinary arts will also be showcased at the launch as there will be samplings of First Nations, British, Italian, South Asian, Japanese and Ukrainian foods.

The following weekend (Sept. 27-29), Culture Days begins in earnest as Mission will host events throughout the community.

This community has earned a reputation for creating an amazing experience.

In 2017 and 2018 Mission made the national Top Ten list, placing 5th overall in Canada for number of activities held during Culture Days for cities with a population under 50,000.

Val Billesberger, Chair of BC Culture Days Provincial Launch Task Group said “Our community is genuinely honoured and excited to host the official 2019 Provincial Launch of BC Culture Days. We look forward to welcoming everyone and showcasing Mission’s rich cultural diversity and incredible creative talent.”

To learn more about BC Culture Days or about the official opening launch, visit culturedays.ca.

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