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A series of concerts and dances kicks off a two-day event at the North Peace Cultural Centre tonight that aims to get youth and adults involved in local arts.

Performances by Studio 2 Stage, the Move Dance Centre, and the North Peace Community Choir are just some of the headliners set to perform at a gala performance as part Bright Nights In June, that will spill into a flurry of free arts workshops that will take place on Saturday.

Oliver Hachmeister says the event hearkens back to the first concert put on at the Cultural Centre, also called Bright Nights in June, when the centre opened more than 20 years ago in 1992.

“We’re bringing that back to bring back a community focus and inviting people to the centre to what happens here,” said Hachmeister, the centre’s assistant executive director.

“Sometimes people will say arts is cliqueish and we want to make sure people don’t think that.”

Also set to perform are Morgan Mora, Wesley Kao Phan, and the Watt School of Irish Dance.

Saturday will prove to be the messiest day of the event, with workshops on tie-dying, pastels, and a “musical petting zoo,” where musical novices can have the chance to try out a variety of instruments.

“We want to make sure the community knows what is available locally,” Hachmeister said.

“Also part of the reason we’re having free art lessons tomorrow is so people can see what they can actually get involved with themselves.”

All funds raised from the event, which includes a silent auction, will go toward supporting arts programming at the cultural centre.

The full Bright Nights in June line up includes:


Gala performances by Morgan Mora, Studio 2 Stage, The Move Dance Centre, Wesley Kao, Watt School of Irish Dance, and the North Peace Community Choir.

Cocktail hour starts at 6:30 p.m., with performance at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 and includes one free drink of either wine, beer, or cider.


Tie-dye workshops — Workshops run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., starting with a class for children six and under at 10 a.m., and finishing with a workshop for adults at 1 p.m. T-shirts will be provided.

Felt painting — Workshops run from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., one for youth, one for adults.

Self Portraits — Kids between the age of five and 13 who are looking to channel their inner Leonard Cohen and Picasso can scribble away with Peace Gallery North from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The completed portraits will form a permanent display in the cultural centre concourse.

Stage North Auditions — Auditions for the 2015-16 season continue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Space at 11520 East Bypass Road near the hospital and water treatment plant. Productions this year include Macbeth, That Dam Show!, and Unnecessary Farce.

Art Walk — Artists will once again have their work on display at businesses throughout Fort St. John. The art will be on display from June 19 to July 18. A complete brochure and map of the locations is available at the cultural centre.

Musical Petting Zoo — Anyone looking to try their hand at an instrument can drop in between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to get a handle on a variety of percussion, woodwind, brass, and string instruments.

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