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. ¬†Visit the Dance Museum Tent (next to the Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival's Paddler's Village entrance)¬†-¬†¬†SAT, JULY 6 & SUN, JULY 7 from 12:00-5:00 PM¬†¬†to register for workshops and to learn more about the inspirations that underlie the festival performances.¬†
2019 entertainment schedule will appear here by magic as it is confirmed. Come back!
Crimson Coast Dance Stage
5:30 pm:¬†VooDoo Dave & Friends and Guinean artists of Kalabant√©
7:00 pm: Won'ma Afrique Teaser Performance -¬†¬†
Swy-a-Lana Lagoon ¬†
9:15 pm:¬†Lights of Courage¬†Ceremony¬†honours anyone who has been affected by cancer. A lone piper will lead a procession of dragon boating breast cancer survivors to the edge of the Swy-a-lana¬†lagoon.¬†Lights¬†are for sale¬†throughout the afternoon allowing EVERYONE to participate!
Saturday July 7, 2018
12:00 pm:¬†Opening Ceremony- during a break in the racing, paddlers and spectators will gather to witness the spiritual awakening of the dragons, the "dotting the eye" ceremony and the dragon boat parade on¬†the lagoon.¬†
Crimson Coast Dance Stage
11:30 am: Salsa - Nanaimo Ballroom Dance Society
12:30 pm:¬†¬†"Hawaii thru History" -¬†Hawaiian hulas, instruments, songs¬†
1:30 pm:¬†A Night in Tahiti -¬†¬†an all Tahitian show¬†
2:30 pm:¬†Show and Tell¬†- Audience Participation -¬†Hawaiian hula and Tahitian ori¬†
3:30 pm: Maori New Zealand¬†-¬†an Maori style show dance, music and costume.
4:30 pm: Polynesian - multi mix Fire Dance Grande Finale
Crimson Coast Dance Stage ¬†
10:00 am: Elvis Gospel Performance -¬†Steve Elliot¬†
12:00 pm:¬†Carnation Ceremony¬† -¬†After the Survivors Challenge race 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 where everyone present will raise their carnation in honour of lives well lived and of lives interrupted by cancer.¬† Carnations are for sale by donation allowing EVERYONE to participate!
Crimson Coast Dance Stage¬†
11:30 am: Lluva flamenco Ferla - celebrating fiesta style dance from Spain
12:30 pm:¬†Khaleegy -¬†Dance of the Gulf States, performance,¬† workshop¬†
1:15 pm:¬†Dabke!¬†- Lebanese, Syrian & Palestinian folk dance. Demos/workshop
2:00 pm:Turkish Roman Dance -from folk to folkloric. Performance and workshop¬†
3:00 pm:¬†Dance and Rhythms¬†of Egypt¬†- performance and workshop fun
Longwood Brewery Beer Garden ¬†
4:15 pm:¬†Flashmob - Sharing Dance Canada-National Ballet School, Ackerman
5:00 pm: MerFOLK Splash Mob -¬†