The official season at the arts centre opens with international flair.
This Saturday, the public is invited to a belly dance workshop, an indigo-dyeing session, or to make trading-card sized miniature works of art.
Or they can just sit back and enjoy a variety of artistic performances with an international flavour - a multi-ethnic musical group, Chinese singing, or Polynesian dance.
Canada Culture Day is the launch of The ACT 2013/14 season, and it is a free, family event running from 1 to 5 p.m. at the arts centre located in Memorial Peace Park, and organized by the arts council and the Family Education and Support Centre.
Culture Days is a collaborative, Canada-wide movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation, and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.
In September 2010 the first annual Culture Days event was held in more than 700 Canadian cities and towns.
In Maple Ridge, the public is invited to visit The ACT where diverse community groups will have information booths and offer workshops and demonstrations.
The celebration opens with a traditional Hoop and Jingle Dance by Jane
Wylie and a performance from the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra Small Ensemble from 1 to 2 p.m. The ensemble is a professional concert orchestra devoted to performing new intercultural music.
The composers and musicians are writing and performing the Canadian music of the future.
The performing members of the ensemble are Ali Razmi on the Persian tar, Bic Hoang on the Vietnamese dan bau, Gelina Jiang on the Chinese zheng, Moshe Denburg on voice and Jewish and multi-ethnic guitar, Russell Sholberg on bass, and Hamin Honari on hand percussion.
There will be a belly dance performance and workshop between 2 and 2:45 p.m. - people are encouraged to bring hip scarves to the workshop.
From 2 to 4 p.m., there will be a tea and culture event takes place in the Maple Ridge Art Gallery - the gallery in The ACT.
This will include a sampling of special teas, a indigo dyeing demonstration, and a bisque and brush demo with Nicole Smith in the 3D Studio.
Other activities include making artist trading cards with artist in residence Kjaer Pedersen in the Galleria, a mandala workshop from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Studio Theatre, Polynesian dance, traditional Chinese singing, and a drum workshop.
For more information, go to www.theactmapleridge. org.
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