Culture Days in New West | Sept 29 – Oct 1, 2017


Celebrate Culture Days this weekend in New West! From walking tours & art exhibits to play readings paired with wine, there’s something for everyone. Check out the Free events taking place at the Anvil Centre & River Market below.




ArchiTEXTURE: Hard Edges in a Soft Medium Exhibition

Friday, September 29 – Sunday, October 1 at 10am to 5pm
Anvil Cente, 777 Columbia Street

Can we capture the gleam of glass, the sharp edges of metal, the coolness of tile and stone with fabric? We are four New Westminster textile artists, fascinated with the tac-tile world. The materials, processes and patterns of the man-made structures around us inspire our art. We are builders too, working with commercial or hand-dyed fabrics, planning, drafting, and constructing pieced tops, layering them to create wall art based in the tradition of quilt-making. We measure, cut and assemble; masters of the tools and machines that work for us. We offer this exhibition as an exploration of opposites: hard/soft, smooth/rough, warm/cold.

Historic Drinking Hole Walking Tour (16+ years)

Saturday, September 30 at 10am to 11:30am

Join our Museum Curator in a walking tour tracing the locations of saloons, bars and cafes along Columbia and Front Streets. As part of the upcoming fall exhibition Bottoms Up: The Cultures of Drink in the Royal City, hear stories about the characters and history of these establishments.

Scripts & Sips

Friday, September 29 at 7pm to 9pm
Anvil Cente, 777 Columbia Street

Why limit your drink pairings to just wine and cheese. Why not a drink and a play? Come listen and/or participate to a live play reading at The Anvil Centre. Roles will be chosen from a hat of willing participants just prior to the reading. You also will be able to sip on a beverage chosen to match the play! The play will be chosen through a twitter poll prior to the event so follow @anvilctr to have your chance to choose.

ArtStarts at River Market

Sunday, October 1 at 11am to 12pm & 1pm to 2pm
River Market, 810 Quayside Drive

ArtStarts at River Market is a free arts-based event series for kids and families. Join some of the best artists working with young people for performances and workshops that explore a wide range of cultures and artistic disciplines. Each 45-minute workshop takes place twice, at 11am and 1pm. Ideal for ages 5 and up, but all are welcome. Free! Donations welcome.

Dominion Exhibition Tours

Friday, September 29 – Sunday, October 1 at 10am to 5pm
Anvil Cente, 777 Columbia Street

Come on a journey with us through Dominion. Take in the final 3 days of our stunning summer exhibition! You will be treated to a Curatorial Tour including behind-the-scenes information on how the exhibition was put together, and fascinating background information on four extraordinary international artists. Dominion is an immersive exploration of the natural world through technology; an all encompassing experience for the senses. Spinning zoetropes, video, light, sound. New Media Gallery is proud to announce the Canadian premiere of ‘The Centrifugal Soul’ by British YBA artist Matthew Collishaw and stunning multi-media works by Jim Campbell, Kathy Hinde, Quayola. You won’t want to miss this!

Cultural experiences are #MadeInNewWest