Festival Nanaimo – Week 2

Week one was awesome! Festival Nanaimo is a blast. We checked out The Wee Tipple Party, the Business Achievement Awards, Tafelmusik and more!

This is WEEK TWO and there is so much to see and do.


On March 10th at 7 pm it is the Art Exhibit Opening at Nanaimo Art Gallery –  “Somewhat Mine – a Nanaimo Retrospective by Ron Tran and Guests” runs from March 10 to May 14.  For this exhibition, Tran will share a mini-retrospective of projects previously created in different international locations, and reimagined for Nanaimo. Many of the works have been produced by or in collaboration with local artists and members of the community including Chantelle Delage, Marshal Hopkins, Denisa Kraus, Mon Petit Choux, Tuyet Anh Nguyen, Denise Tierney, Charlotte Zhang, and students of Art Lab’s Saturday Studio. More information can be found here – http://www.nanaimoartgallery.com/index.php/exhibitions/downtown-exhibitions


Get your walking shoes on and check out the Heritage Walking Tours on Saturday, March 12th from 1pm – 3pm.  Meet at The Bastion. This walk is hosted by the Culture & Heritage Department at the City of Nanaimo.


Stay downtown after your walk on March 12th – wander around and check out the shops downtown, head to one of the great restaurants (there are so many great ones to choose from) and then come see Barrage 8 – one of Festival Nanaimo’s  Signature Events. The performance in Nanaimo is the Canadian premiere! Barrage 8, features a string octet of five violins, and viola, cello and bass.


Drums and percussion enhance the music of the young hip performers. Add to the mix choreography, lights and LED screens and the group offers up a thrilling and emotionally charged, high energy choreographed theatrical spectacle with musical styles that include Classical, Rock, Jazz, Pop, Folk and Worldbeat.  This truly amazing show happens at the 7:30 pm at the Port Theatre on Saturday, March 12.  Here is a sampling of what you will experience at the performance:

So, here’s a suggestion. Check out one of the great hotels that are Festival Nanaimo Community Partners – Coast Bastion Hotel, The Howard Johnson Harbourside Hotel and Travelodge Nanaimo – and spend the night here. Meander downtown for breakfast, a walk by the harbour and then head to the Port Theatre at 2:30 pm for the Janina Fialkowska Solo Piano performance. This gifted pianist is presented by the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music.  Enjoy this once in a life time opportunity to see one of the globe’s top Chopin performers. Vancouver Island concert goers will support the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music by attending this concert, which in turn will help to raise funds for Nanaimo’s community non-profit charitable music school. Tickets at the Port Theatre.


Also, Symphony of Roses order deadline is March 11th! This is a terrific fundraiser of the Vancouver Island Symphony.  Send a dozen roses to a friend, family member, work colleague or me!  Orders must be received by March 11th. Roses delivered on March 16th by volunteers.  Here is the link to the order form.  http://vancouverislandsymphony.com/web_documents/symphonyofroses_2016_order_form.pdf


I encourage you all to go see all that is happening at www.festivalnanaimo.com.

Cannot wait to tell you about all the events for next week. Be sure to follow along on the Festival Nanaimo Facebook page too – lots of fun over there! 


-Kim Plumley


Tel. 250-390-9285

Twitter: @kimplumley

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kimberly.plumley

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