The resiliency of B.C. Indigenous arts is being demonstrated this year, as the 14th annual Coastal Dance Festival goes virtual.
Audiences are invited to this free online event from March 12-18. The program will feature the world premiere of a new dance by Dancers of Damelahamid, honouring late Elder Margaret Harris, as well as performances and cultural sharing by many of the festival’s long-standing artists.
Festival executive & artistic director Margaret Grenier says, “While the festival will be presented in a very different way than in past years, we are committed to providing a vital platform for the protection and preservation of Indigenous dance and protocols."
All 2021 Coastal Dance Festival performances will be available for viewing on Vimeo.
In place of ticket sales, donations to Dancers of Damelahamid are being accepted via Canada Helps. Proceeds will be in support of the dance company’s educational outreach, including workshops, demonstrations, and artist talks with school and youth groups.