COQUITLAM, B.C., Sept. 15, 2020 – Registration begins today for live arts and culture experiences taking place throughout Coquitlam from Sept. 25 to Oct. 5 during this year’s reformatted Kaleidoscope Arts Festival.
The fifth annual festival – themed Community Intersections for 2020 – will offer participants a chance to safely discover and enjoy unexpected art collaborations in person at a variety of indoor and outdoor small-group pre-registered programs around the City. Typically held in August at Town Centre Park, Kaleidoscope was reimagined this year to align with COVID-19 health protocols and shifted to September to coincide with Culture Days, a national celebration of arts and culture.
2020 programs include a public art scavenger hunt, an LED cirque show, an outdoor community spirit themed multimedia video projection, music and puppetry performances and art-making experiences. For those who can’t attend in person, the multimedia art projection will also be streamed online.
Pre-registered Activities Begin Sept. 25
Kicking off the festival Sept. 25 is the Spot the Salmon Scavenger Hunt, which invites participants to visit and answer questions about 10 salmon sculptures in Coquitlam by Oct. 5 for a chance to win a $100 Coquitlam Centre gift card and $100 art pack from Opus Art Supplies (or $50 each for those who answer questions about six sculptures). More information and free registration are available at www.coquitlam.ca/scavengerhunt. RSVP to the scavenger hunt Facebook event page to receive reminders.
Pre-registration is required at www.coquitlam.ca/kaleidoscope for the in-person activities on Sept. 26 and Oct. 3, at a cost of $2 per person. All programs will adhere to public health protocols including attendance limits, physical distancing and hand sanitization.
Programs will include:
- Illuminate the Night, Sept. 26 at Pinetree Community Centre (19 yrs+; showtimes at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.) – Adults can experience an out-of-this world LED cirque performance Lumadrome, and an outdoor community spirit themed multimedia video projection by artist Candelario Andrade that will also be streamed that night at 7 p.m. on Coquitlam’s Youtube and Facebook channels and on the Kaleidoscope webpage.
- Stories by the Stream, Oct. 3 outdoors at Hoy Creek Hatchery (Family-oriented; timeslots between 1 and 3 p.m.) – Join local contemporary artist J Peachy for storytelling, music and puppetry outdoors at the salmon rearing pond.
- Neurographic Art, Oct. 3 inside Victoria Community Hall (Youth and adults; timeslots between 12 and 4 p.m.) – Create neurographic art by combining shapes and embracing imperfection in a guided session while enjoying live harp music.
- The Artful Ordinary & Stories on Wheels, Oct. 3 outdoors at Mundy Park / Fieldhouse (Family-oriented; timeslots between 12 and 4 p.m.) – Under Mundy Park’s trees, explore how household objects evolved over time and create art masterpieces with deconstructed objects. Experience how a wooden bicycle sets the stage for a cultural performance.
- Drawing with Ozobots, Oct. 3 on the Innovation Centre patio (Family-oriented; timeslots between 12 and 4 p.m.) – Get an introduction to beginner coding and learn how to program a small Ozobot robot to follow the lines of your artwork while enjoying scenic views of Lafarge Lake. Participants will receive a bird house painting kit to take home at the end of the session.
All outdoor events will take place rain or shine; participants are advised to dress accordingly. Additional event information and registration is available through www.coquitlam.ca/kaleidoscope.
About Culture Days
Culture Days is a Canada-wide celebration where arts, culture and creativity intersect. Reimagined in 2020 to engage and delight despite the times, Culture Days has extended beyond the traditional weekend to a four-week interactive, immersive arts and culture experience happening across Canada from Sept. 25 to Oct. 25 online and in-person where possible. For information, visit www.culturedays.ca.
Supporting Our Community During the Pandemic
The City of Coquitlam is here to help, with these resources:
- Visit www.coquitlam.ca/csrp to learn about the City’s Community Support and Recovery Plan, which is supporting the non-profit sector, businesses and residents through the pandemic;
- Visit www.coquitlam.ca/spirit for a free library of activities for all ages, including fitness, arts and culture, outdoor activities and ways to connect with your community; and
- Visit www.coquitlam.ca/covid19 for updates on City services and initiatives and COVID-19 health resources.
Coquitlam residents and businesses are also encouraged to follow the City of Coquitlam on social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) and download the CoquitlamConnect mobile app for up-to-date City information. Links are available at www.coquitlam.ca/connect
Cultural Services Manager