The Save On Foods Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival in partnership with the Crimson Coast Dance Society and their InFrinGing Dance Festival:Dancing In The Belly Of The Dragon¬†provides a tremendous assortment of entertainment opportunities for you to enjoy. You will note a few¬†indoor ticketed shows on the schedule which are performed off site and more information can be obtained here. ¬†2017 schedule will be up soon! Check back...
Friday July 7, 2016
Voo Doo Dave McGrath and Company - 5:30 PM - ¬†Entertainment Stage¬†African dance & drum performance. You can check out Dave's SHAW TV interview here.
Body Scape -¬†TICKETED¬†-¬†5:30 PM -¬†Harbour City Theatre¬†A triple bill featuring:
Candle Ceremony - 9:15 pm ¬†- ¬†Swy-a-Lana Lagoon
The Candles of Courage Ceremony honours anyone who has been affected by cancer. A lone piper will lead a procession of dragon boating breast cancer survivors, each carrying a lit candle, to the edge of the Swy-a-lana lagoon where their candles will be placed in the water.Candles are for sale throughout the afternoon allowing EVERYONE to participate.
Saturday July 8, 2016
Tribute to Barton/Leier- 11:30 am - Entertainment Stage - Butoh Contemporary
Opening Ceremony - Noon - ¬†Swy-a-lana Lagoon
During a break in the racing on Saturday, paddlers and spectators will gather at NOON to witness ¬†The Snuneymuxw First Nation's traditional First Nations' ceremony blessing the water, blessing the dragon boat and "dotting the eye". No photos are permitted during the ceremony due to the spiritual nature of the blessing.
Suddenly Dance Theatre - 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm Entertainment Stage¬†Korean artists
Japanese Traditional Dance¬† - 2:30 pm ¬†- Entertainment Stage¬†Yayoi Hirano
Yayoi Hirano: Workshop -¬†3:00 pm - Entertainment Stage
Cube ¬†4:30pm - Maffeo Sutton Park¬† - Zogma
Our Body Our Land ‚Äď TICKETED - ¬†Harbour City Theatre
I Be Caribou reflects on contemporary technology in culture. It takes place in a barren Canadian landscape¬†where the performer is both animal and human. (Constance Cooke/Alisoun Payne). ¬†Altar‚Äôd is a solo piece inspired by the universal human truth that life‚Äôs challenges can produce intense introspection, spiritual development, and personal growth. (Alexis Fletcher, Ballet BC). ¬†Sarah Bild Residency Production
Sunday July 9, 2016
Born and raised in Nanaimo BC,¬†Steve Elliot¬†had many artistic abilities before stumbling upon his career as a singer and entertainer. Not only does Steve portray an uncanny likeness to Elvis, he will make sure that you see and hear something original in every performance...
Cube¬†¬†11:00pm - Maffeo Sutton Park¬† - Zogma
Flowers of China ¬†-¬†11:00pm - Maffeo Sutton Park¬†¬†
Flamenco¬† - 11:30pm - Maffeo Sutton Park¬† - ¬†Amity Skala and students
Dairyland Carnation Ceremony - Noon - Swy-a-lana Lagoon
After the Survivors Challenge, where 4 survivor teams race and 4 survivor teams watch from the dock, the paddlers will walk under an arch of paddles to Swy-a-Lana Lagoon with a pink carnation in hand.¬†The pink carnation ceremony has become a very meaningful ritual for paddlers and audience alike.¬†After a few words about breast cancer awareness, the importance of celebrating the lives of survivors, of offering hope to those still battling the disease, and of honouring those who have tragically lost their battle with breast cancer, "She Not Just a Pretty Face (by Shania Twain) with play. Everyone present will raise their carnation in tribute, then toss the carnation on the water, both to celebrate survival and to remember those who did not survive.¬†
Smooth Moves¬†¬†1:00 pm - Maffeo Sutton Park¬† - Island Tango
Cube - 2:00 pm Maffeo Sutton Park - by Zogma
Samba and Capoeira, ¬†¬†2:30-4:00 pm - Maffeo Sutton Park¬† - Axe Capoeira
MerFOLK FLASHMOB - 4:00 pm - Maffeo Sutton Park - join us!
Panago¬†Closing Ceremony - 4:00 pm - ¬†Awards Stage
Everyone gathers in the Beer Garden to celebrate the fastest in many categories and a great weekend of paddling.Below¬†is the order in which the Awards will be presented:
PINS:¬†¬†Bronze, Silver and Gold Pins for Final B Races. To be collected by the Team manager.
MEDALS:¬† Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals: Awarded to the winning Team with an official photograph.
TROPHIES:¬†Awarded to the winning Team with an official photograph.