Nanaimo Arts & Culture Happenings

I cannot tell you how excited I am about the upcoming events! Nanaimo has stellar things going on!

Ok – get your popcorn ready – and a catheter – and get prepared to take in ALL the great movies at The Vancouver Island Short Film Festival! Thirteen films have been chosen for screening at the 11th annual Vancouver Island Short Film Festival (VISFF), February 12 at 7pm and February 13 at 2pm and 7pm. The Festival takes place at the Malaspina Theatre at Vancouver Island University and all of the films will be shown at each screening.  Tickets $15 | Students $10 |


Here are the list of films:

  • A Late Thaw by Kim Barr
  • Dude, Where’s My Ferret? by Alison Parker
  • I Am Not Perfect by Sopithan Rajeswaran
  • Kindergarten, Da Bin Ich Wieder by Aubrey Arnason & Kalyn Miles
  • LOST by Michael Chen
  • Mind Game Demon by Angie Hawes
  • Moth by Evan Britz
  • Sweet Dreams Norma Jean by Dave Hamilton
  • The Home Show by Graham Stark
  • Tugende Baseballer by Hubert Kang & Heather Mosher
  • Unlock by Isaac Hor
  • With Dad by Matt Kincses
  • Vancouver Island Traditional Foods Conference by Elizabeth Kawahara

On Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 7:30 pm, the Vancouver Island Symphony is performing with guest artist, prominent Canadian poet, Shane Koyczan with their Music and Poetry show at the Port Theatre.


You might think you do not know Shane, but we are pretty sure you have heard him. Let us give you the run down on this amazing poet… he blew us away at the Opening Ceremonies for  the 2010 Winter Olympics with his “We are More” –  a stirring ode to Canada. In early 2013, the world took notice again when Shane’s influential, anti-bullying, “To This Day” video went viral… over 14 million views and counting.

This show will be extraordinary! Do not miss out!   For tickets please call the Ticket Centre: 250-754-8550. More information here:

If you want to learn an art with some history – with beautiful detail, check this out! The Nanaimo Beading Circle is collaboration between NAC, Mid Island Metis Nation and the Women’s Centre. Participants meet Wednesday evenings, 6:00pm – 8:00pm at the Harbourfront Library. Join them for a great time, skill development and motivation.  No experience necessary.  If you can’t afford supplies, they will find some for you. They are awesome like that!  Contact: for more information.

Nanaimo Beading Circle featured on Shaw TV –

That’s all for this week – thanks for reading!



Twitter: @kimplumley
Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce



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