Arts & Culture Fortnight

Oak Bay Arts & Culture Fortnight is an annual event celebrating Oak Bay as a premier cultural destination and highlighting the cultural vibrancy of the community.

Arts & Culture Fortnight returns in 2019

The Arts & Culture Fortnight August 2018 Events were:

(All events are free to attend)

  • Thursday, August 9th, 6:30-8:15pm
    Kick-off of Arts & Culture Fortnight
    Free Summer Concert at Willows Beach Park featuring live music by Brandy Moore and the Nightcaps, welcoming speeches by Mayor Nils Jensen and Oak Bay Arts Laureate Barbara Adams, free cake and children’s face painting in the park. 

  • Friday August 10th, 10:30am-11:30am
    Family Dance Party at the Oak Bay Library

    Family Dance Party, including stories, songs and games for children, . Free to attend, advance registration required through www.gvpl.ca.

  • Saturday August 11th,  11am-12:30pm
    Poetry and Sculpture Walk

    Join Oak Bay poets Gisela Ruebsaat and Susan Braley for an inspirational walk that will explore some neighbourhood ArtsAlive sculptures and finish at the library for poetry writing, sharing, tea and cookies. Free to attend, advance registration required through www.gvpl.ca.

  • Sunday, August 12th, 11am-4:30pm
    Bowker Creek Brush-Up Art Show and Sale

    Since 2005, this fun, inspiring annual art show hosts 40+ artists displaying, demonstrating and selling their art. Plan to spend the day strolling along beautiful Bowker Creek, listening to music, enjoying refreshments from the charity BBQ, and watching demonstrations by featured international Artists. There will also be a Children’s Art Activity booth. Of course, there is plenty of opportunity to purchase art for yourself and others. Free to attend. For more information, visit the Oak Bay Community Artists Society: oakbayartists.com 

  • Thursday, August 16th, 6pm-7:30pm
    Raven Baroque concert at Willows Beach Park

    Free to attend. Join Victoria’s 14 piece Baroque String group for an acoustic concert. Bring your blankets and a picnic!

  • Friday, August 17th, 8:45pm
    Outdoor Movie on giant screen in Windsor Park - "Back to the Future"

    Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown. (imdb.com)
    See this classic movie on the big screen at Windsor Park! Come early to reserve your spot, movie starts after sunset, approx 8:45pm. Bring blankets, sweaters and your favourite movie snacks. Free to attend.

  • Saturday, August 18th, ArtsAlive Public Art Guided Bus Tour & Walking Tour
    ArtsAlive Bus Tour: 10am to 12pm. Tour departs from and returns to Oak Bay Municipal Hall (2167 Oak Bay Avenue).  Join Oak Bay Arts Laureate Barbara Adams and visual artist Robert Amos for a guided tour of the 2018 ArtsAlive sculptures situated outside of the Oak Bay Village area. Free to attend, advance registration required as bus seats are limited.  To register, call Oak Bay Parks, Recreation, and Culture Reception at 250-595-7946 and request course #33768.
    ArtsAlive Walking Tour: 1:30pm-3pm. Tour departs from and returns to Oak Bay Municipal Hall (2167 Oak Bay Avenue).  Join Oak Bay Arts Laureate Barbara Adams and visual artist Robert Amos for a guided tour of the 2018 ArtsAlive sculptures situated along Oak Bay Avenue and the Oak Bay Village area. Free to attend, advance registration required.  To register, call Oak Bay Parks, Recreation, and Culture Reception at 250-595-7946 and request course #33769.

  • Thursday, August 23rd, 6:30pm to 8pm
    Arts & Culture Fortnight wrap up, Summer Concert at Willows Beach Park

    Free to attend. Featuring live music by Black Angus, and opening act Aurora Smith Trio. Giant puppets on site and puppet making craft for children by Tim Gosley. 

  • Ongoing in August:
    Oak Bay Archives exhibit in Municipal Hall foyer (2167 Oak Bay Avenue) with focus on the history of local Arts & Culture. Free to attend, Municipal Hall is open Monday to Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm.

          

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