October 5 – 22, 2017
To acknowledge the 150th anniversary of Confederation on the Sunshine Coast, the Sechelt Arts Festival will present syiyaya. Our Families. Our Stories. This special art and cultural project will capture our community forbearers’ stories, inspire and engage our youth, recognize our multi-cultural diversity, and create opportunities for dialogue and understanding between our First Nations and settler communities. The project will bring together a diverse group of youth, artists, performers, elders, and seniors. Between January and June 2017, School District 46 students will gather stories covering our past 150+ years of Sunshine Coast history and family life from First Nations elders and settler descendants.
Working in tandem with artistic and educational mentors, the students will be invited to interpret the stories they “catch” through a chosen medium such as music, video, written word, or visual art. The goal will be to help youth build appreciation for our multi-cultural community through the arts, and exemplify how the past informs the present, and can encourage empathy and understanding.
A final selection of the stories and works of art will be showcased at a professional multi-media theatrical stage production at the Ravens Cry Theatre October 5 & 6, 2017 to kick off the 2017 Sechelt Arts Festival.