Members of Abbotsford Children's Theatre perform skit about importance of culture.

Members of Abbotsford Children's Theatre perform skit about importance of culture.

Abbotsford Loves Culture – and they showed it

National Culture Days highlights free activities for the whole family.

  • Sep. 28, 2013 8:00 p.m.

Abbotsford is stepping into the cultural ring full force this year with the biggest Culture Days celebration the city has seen. The free three-day festival will be held Friday to Sunday (Sept. 27-29) at various sites around town.

“All the events are participatory – learn to dance, behind-the-scenes looks, learn to drum, make public art – as opposed to just watch,” said Tamaka Fisher, the city’s arts and heritage coordinator.

There will be 24 hands-on events by 16 organizations and performers that promise to draw residents into the heart of the arts community.

Although Abbotsford participated in the national Culture Days phenomenon last year, this is the celebration’s true stepping out “on a huge scale,” said Fisher. The city is taking the lead in organizing, and has lined up a whirlwind cultural tour that will keep children and adults entertained through the weekend.