The Pacific Rim Arts Society presents...
The 3rd Annual Cultural Heritage Festival, “Fishing The West Coast”
An exploration of our history and culture as seen through the arts!
~September 26th to October 5th 2014~
Our vision is to provide a lively, diverse and self-sustaining arts and culture program that is an integral part of healthy and viable communities. It is part of our mandate to increase the profile of arts and culture in the region, with the goal of having the arts and cultural sector play a significant social and economic role in the community. In 2014 we are proud to announce that the theme is “Fishing the West Coast”. With a rich and diverse past and present day fishing community, we know that this theme will present an eclectic and insightful look into this industry though the arts.
We will explore art forms associated with the fishing traditions of the west coast and celebrate the history of the Nuu-chah-nulth, Japanese and European heritage and their impact on the local fishing industry. There will be an exhibit of local First Nation dug out canoes, carved paddles and fishing implements at the Kwisitis Visitor Centre, where artists will demonstrate their unique carving talents. Visitors will also have a chance to watch our film series about fishing the west coast, and view our commercial fishing artifact exhibition at the new Tofino Clayoquot Heritage Society Museum. The Ucluelet and Area Historical Society are preparing a photography exhibition that will depict the fishing history of the area. Black Rock Oceanfront Resort will be hosting a Contemporary Fine Art Exhibition, and throughout the week festival goers can listen to stories, songs and music about sailing and fishing off our coastline.
For this year’s festival, we expect to attract over 5000 people to the area who will experience story telling, workshops and local fine art exhibitions that reflect our unique perspective and way of life. This year's theme will also present an opportunity to engage youth about the importance of fishing on the west coast and that is not only historically significant, but also a viable lifestyle, carrying on the tradition. Fishing is a valuable resource worth celebrating!
Want to participate? We are looking for your tall fish tales and images of women in fishing! **SUBMSSSION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 22nd SEPTEMBER!**
Fishing for Legends: Tell us your most exciting fishing story, family tradition, folklore, poem, video or song about fishing that you know and submit them to the Cultural Heritage Festival to be presented during the festival! We are looking for stories no longer than 1000 words, and songs/video no longer than 2-3 minutes. Prize package donated by the BC Royal Museum: 2 Adult Passes and Marine Mammals Publication by John K Ford. For more publications at the BC Royal Museum, click here.
"Fisher Women" Calendar: A Celebration of West Coast Women in Fishing! We hope to find the prominent and local women who have made fishing their life and photograph them, or have photographs submitted of them with their proudest catch. These calendars would be printed and sold locally with proceeds going back to the support PRAS Programming and the festival. With your photo submissions, please also add your name, contact information and up to 50 words about why you love fishing!