Arts and sport collide at Bright Nights in June

Fort St. John’s annual arts festival Bright Nights in June is scheduled from June 6 to 8, 2019, setting the stage for the 2020 BC Winter Games.

The North Peace Cultural Society is partnering with the City of Fort St. John and a number of community groups for a fun-filled, family friendly weekend blending the best of local art and local sport.

“In  all our activities, we are going to blur the line between art and sport, and revive the city’s spirit for the Winter Games by showcasing arts related to sport,” said Baptiste Marcere, executive director of the North Peace Cultural Centre.

The festival begins Thursday, June 6, at 6:30 p.m. with Art Stars, where the public can come meet with and hear from professional artists and performers who grew up in Fort St. John and how they made a career for themselves in the arts. Artists include Wayne Sawchuk, Ken Lane, and Eliza Stanford are scheduled to take part.

On Friday, June 7, the Cultural Centre will host a gala evening with fresh cocktails at the ready, and Vancouver Theatre Sports to entertain guests with their hilarious improv skills.

The festival ends Saturday, June 8, with a public art market, hands-on pottery and weaving demonstrations, live entertainment, the 2019 World Fair, and a printmaking workshop.

“We are gathering local artists and art groups to showcase, demonstrate, and delight,” Marcere said.

Bright Nights in June takes places from June 6 to 8, 2019, at the North Peace Cultural Centre.

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