From March 1 to 3, the vibrant and diverse Indigenous cultures of British Columbia, Canada, and beyond will converge at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster for the much-anticipated 17th annual Coastal Dance Festival. Celebrating Indigenous Culture: Coastal Dance Festival Returns for its 17th Year
A Cultural Showcase: The festival is a celebration of Indigenous dance artists from the West Coast and beyond, offering a platform for performers to share their rich cultural traditions with audiences. This year’s lineup features an array of talented troupes, including the family performers Chesha7 iy lha mens, mask-dancers Git Hayetsk and Git Hoan, Haida performers Rainbow Creek Dancers, and the ‘Yisya̱’winux̱w Dancers representing the Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw Nations.
Emphasizing Regional Focus: Margaret Grenier, festival executive and artistic director, emphasizes the importance of community and regional support in the wake of the pandemic. With a focus on BC-based artists, the festival aims to uplift and honor the integral role these artists play in preserving and sharing Indigenous cultural practices.
Tribute to Cultural Legacy: Grenier, also the artistic director of Dancers of Damelahamid, will present an excerpt of the company’s new work, “Raven Mother,” dedicated to the late co-founder Elder Margaret Harris. This piece pays homage to Harris’s lifelong dedication to Indigenous cultural revitalization and highlights the significant role of women in preserving cultural knowledge.
Special Performances: The festival will also feature special guests, including Saskatchewan-based Métis fiddler Adam Daigneault and Māori couple Turongo Collective from Aotearoa (New Zealand), adding further depth and diversity to the lineup.
Event Details: The Coastal Dance Festival offers a mix of by-donation stage performances and ticketed gala events, providing audiences with a chance to experience the range, depth, and beauty of Indigenous artistic practices. Ticket prices vary by event, with ticketed events starting from $25.
Don’t Miss Out: Mark your calendars for March 1 to 3 and join us at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster for an unforgettable celebration of Indigenous culture through dance. Experience the magic of the Coastal Dance Festival and immerse yourself in the traditions and stories of Indigenous communities. Tickets are available now, so secure yours and be part of this incredible cultural experience!
- Date: March 1 to 3
- Location: Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster
- Admission: Varies by event; ticketed events start from $25. Tickets available here
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