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Displaying an array of music and dance styles, the 21st annual InFrinGinG Dance Festival partners with the Save on Foods Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival to bring our community a variety of performances from across the world. The goal of this event is to allow artists to share a piece of their culture, whether authentically traditional or infused by their contemporary identities.

This year’s festival features FREE outdoor events in Maffeo Sutton Park. On Friday, July 5th, join Voodoo Dave & Friends for a community drum circle, followed by a celebration of Indigenous & South Asian dance on July 6th-7th. Crimson Coast Dance’s outdoor stage will showcase diverse presentations alongside audience participation workshops for all abilities.

In addition, Crimson Coast Dance will present two ticketed shows at The Port Theatre:

Crossing Mountain & Seas by Orchid Ensemble and Aeriosa on July 11th, an aerial dance performance featuring Asian traditions fused with cross-cultural music and interactive media projection Flicker by Dancers of Damelahamid on July 13th, a dreamlike performance that highlights the diversity and complexity of contemporary indigenous identities. 

For more information on all of these community events, visit crimsoncoastdance.org/infringing

Friday July 5, 2019

Crimson Coast Dance Stage

5:30 pm-7:00 pm: A Celebration of African Dance -  song/drum with VooDoo Dave & Friends

Swy-a-Lana Lagoon  

8:30 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 allowing EVERYONE to participate! 

The Lights of Courage Campaign benefiting the Nanaimo Community Hospice Society starts mid-June. Beautiful paper lanterns, with space on the lantern’s tail for a special message, can be purchased for a small donation of $2.00 at Ladysmith, Nanaimo and Parksville Save on Foods stores and the Nanaimo Community Hospice Society office.

Community members can also purchase lanterns at the Nanaimo Community Hospice Society tent at Maffeo Sutton Park during the Festival weekend. A Wall of Courage will be set up Friday night and will remain on site to hang your lanterns Festival weekend.

Saturday July 6, 2019

Crimson Coast Dance Stage

11:00 am - Noon:  Celebration of Aboriginal Dance - curated by Tsatassaya White

Swy-a-Lana Lagoon 

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. 

Sunday July 7, 2018 

Crimson Coast Dance Stage  

9:45 am - 11:15 am: Elvis Gospel Performance - Vancouver based award winning Elvis Tribute Artist Steve Elliot 

Swy-a-Lana Lagoon  

12:00 pm: Carnation Ceremony  - After the Breast Cancer 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 - noon: Celebration of Dances from India curated by Rohit Chokhani

12:30 pm- 4:15 pm: More dances

Longwood Brewery Beer Garden  

4:00 pm: Panago Awards Ceremony - Sunday afternoon, the Awards tent will set up by the Longwood Brewery beer garden entrance to hand out medals. At 4:00 pm, the tent moves to the Longwood Brewery Beer Garden where everyone gathers to celebrate the fastest in many categories, a weekend of paddling fun and to grab a slice of fresh Panago pizza and a cold brew!  Awards line up here.

Swy-a-Lana Lagoon

4:20 pm: SPLASH MOB 



Friday, July 5

Vancouver Island Sculpting Studio

7:00 pm-9:00 pm: FESTIVAL LAUNCH PARTY 

Tuesday, July, 9

Harbour City Theatre
Perspectives On Community Dance Project, In collaboration with MIBC, Local participants, Cassandra Blondin-Burt and guest artists: Jessica McMann, Olivia Davies 

10:00 am - 12:00 pm Gathering of Central Vancouver Island Dance Teachers

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm Jessica - Hoop Dance

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm:  Olivia - Workshop Intro to Home Our Way

6:30pm-8:30pm: Roundtable discussion, Title Guest artists and Cassandra Blondin-Burt and an Elder from Snuneymuxw.

Wednesday, July 10:

Vancouver Island Sculpting Studio

11:00 am-5:00 pm, Festival Sponsor open house

Harbour City Theatre

7:30 pm - 8:45 pm DancingLocal/Global, Harbour City Theatre

Featuring work by: Timothy Allen and the Island Times Quartet (Nanaimo) Samantha Letourneau (Nanaimo), Nasim Lootij (Iran/Montreal)

Port Theatre, tickets: porttheatre.com

Thursday, July 11:

11:00 am-5:00 pm: Vancouver Island Sculpting Studio, Festival Sponsor open house

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm: Crossing Mountains & Sea, Orchid Ensemble (live music), Chengxin Wei Dance, Aeriosaarial dance

The Corner Lounge

10:00-late! YOU DANCE with Mapstone, The Corner Lounge
MAPSTONE is a 5 piece powerhouse band from Australia and Vancouver Island steeped in conscious lyrics, thoughtful grooves and an energy that is simply captivating. Blending and bending Reggae, Folk and world music into a unique fusion that has been quoted as ‚ÄúTribal Heart Roots music‚ÄĚ, they are song carriers with a message of strength, hope, unity, community and universal love. It is their mission to uplift, inspire and activate our global tribe.

Friday, July 12:

 Vancouver Island Sculpting Studio

11:00 am - 5:00 pm: Festival Sponsor open house

Nanaimo Community Living

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Mixed Abilities Dance Class Naomi Brand - 

HUB CITY CINEMA (or Harbour City Theatre)

5:00 pm‚Äď8:00 pm:¬†Camera + Movement Workshop with Recorded Movement Society,

Join David Cooper and Sophia Wolfe as we play and explore movement of the body and movement of the camera together simultaneously. This workshop is open to anyone who wants to move their bodies and discover new ways of capturing this on film. How do the two respond to one another? How do they connect and work together? We will start with a group warm up that will get us into our bodies, and into our film making scenes, and then we will lead into tasks where you will have a chance to be the mover in front of the camera and the mover holding the camera.  David will lead us through some basic camera knowledge as well as some camera handling tools and techniques, including handing the FreeflyMovi stabilizer and together we will  discover ways we can use the camera to better capture and enhance moving bodies through moving images. 

What to bring: comfortable clothes to dance in, a camera if you have one! DSLR or even a smart phone. (no worries if this is not accessible to you, we will have devices for you to use)

Who?: Anyone curious about movement and capturing movement on camera. We will be dancing and moving through the space, so please bring comfortable clothing!

HUB CITY CINEMA (or Harbour City Theatre)

8:30 pm ‚Äď 9:45 pm: Moving/Forward¬†A Celebration of dance on film from Western Canada,¬†

Saturday, July 13: 

Vancouver Island Sculpting Studio

11:00 am-5:00 pm: Festival Sponsor open house

Port Theatre

7:30 pm‚Äď9:00 pm: Flicker by Dancers of Damelahamid

Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival Society: Box 575 STN A, Nanaimo, BC  V9R 5I5

Festival Location: July 10, 11 & 12, 2020,  Maffeo Sutton Park, 10 Comox Rd, Nanaimo, BC,

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