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The Save On Foods Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival in partnership with the Crimson Coast Dance Society and their InFrinGing Dance Festival:Dancing In The Belly Of The Dragon provides a tremendous assortment of entertainment opportunities for you to enjoy. You will note a few indoor ticketed shows on the schedule which are performed off site and more information can be obtained here.  2017 schedule will be up soon! Check back...

Friday July 7, 2016

Voo Doo Dave McGrath and Company - 5:30 PM -  Entertainment Stage African dance & drum performance. You can check out Dave's SHAW TV interview here.

Body Scape - TICKETED - 5:30 PM - Harbour City Theatre A triple bill featuring:

Meagan O’Shea in WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO, MACHINENOiSY, and Sarah Bild Residency Outcome.

Candle Ceremony - 9:15 pm  -  Swy-a-Lana Lagoon

candle ceremony.jpgThe Candles of Courage Ceremony honours anyone who has been affected by cancer. A lone piper will lead a procession of dragon boating breast cancer survivors, each carrying a lit candle, to the edge of the Swy-a-lana lagoon where their candles will be placed in the water.Candles are for sale throughout the afternoon allowing EVERYONE to participate.

Saturday July 8, 2016

Tribute to Barton/Leier- 11:30 am - Entertainment Stage - Butoh Contemporary

Opening Ceremony - Noon -  Swy-a-lana Lagoon

opening ceremony.jpgDuring a break in the racing on Saturday, paddlers and spectators will gather at NOON to witness  The Snuneymuxw First Nation's traditional First Nations' ceremony blessing the water, blessing the dragon boat and "dotting the eye". No photos are permitted during the ceremony due to the spiritual nature of the blessing.

Suddenly Dance Theatre - 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm Entertainment Stage Korean artists

Japanese Traditional Dance  - 2:30 pm  - Entertainment Stage Yayoi Hirano

Yayoi Hirano: Workshop - 3:00 pm - Entertainment Stage

Cube  4:30pm - Maffeo Sutton Park  - Zogma

Our Body Our Land ‚Äď TICKETED - ¬†Harbour City Theatre

I Be Caribou reflects on contemporary technology in culture. It takes place in a barren Canadian landscape where the performer is both animal and human. (Constance Cooke/Alisoun Payne).  Altar’d is a solo piece inspired by the universal human truth that life’s challenges can produce intense introspection, spiritual development, and personal growth. (Alexis Fletcher, Ballet BC).  Sarah Bild Residency Production

Sunday July 9, 2016

Elvis Gospel Performance - 10:00 am - Entertainment Stage

Born and raised in Nanaimo BC, Steve Elliot had many artistic abilities before stumbling upon his career as a singer and entertainer. Not only does Steve portray an uncanny likeness to Elvis, he will make sure that you see and hear something original in every performance...

Cube  11:00pm - Maffeo Sutton Park  - Zogma

Flowers of China  - 11:00pm - Maffeo Sutton Park  

Flamenco  - 11:30pm - Maffeo Sutton Park  -  Amity Skala and students

Dairyland Carnation Ceremony - Noon - Swy-a-lana Lagoon

carnation ceremony crowd.jpgAfter the Survivors Challenge, where 4 survivor teams race and 4 survivor teams watch from the dock, the paddlers will walk under an arch of paddles to Swy-a-Lana Lagoon with a pink carnation in hand. The pink carnation ceremony has become a very meaningful ritual for paddlers and audience alike. After a few words about breast cancer awareness, the importance of celebrating the lives of survivors, of offering hope to those still battling the disease, and of honouring those who have tragically lost their battle with breast cancer, "She Not Just a Pretty Face (by Shania Twain) with play. Everyone present will raise their carnation in tribute, then toss the carnation on the water, both to celebrate survival and to remember those who did not survive. 

Smooth Moves  1:00 pm - Maffeo Sutton Park  - Island Tango

Cube - 2:00 pm Maffeo Sutton Park - by Zogma

Samba and Capoeira,   2:30-4:00 pm - Maffeo Sutton Park  - Axe Capoeira

MerFOLK FLASHMOB - 4:00 pm - Maffeo Sutton Park - join us!

Panago Closing Ceremony - 4:00 pm -  Awards Stage

Everyone gathers in the Beer Garden to celebrate the fastest in many categories and a great weekend of paddling.Below is the order in which the Awards will be presented:

PINS:  Bronze, Silver and Gold Pins for Final B Races. To be collected by the Team manager.

MEDALS:  Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals: Awarded to the winning Team with an official photograph.

  • Breast Cancer Challenge Race
  • Women's Final A: Silver, Gold, Jade, Diamond, Platinum categories
  • Mixed Final A :¬† Gold, Jade, Diamond, Platinum categories

TROPHIES: Awarded to the winning Team with an official photograph.

  • The Bette Ainsworth Memorial Trophy - Breast Cancer Challenge Race - 1st Place
  • Top Finishing Women's Trophy
  • The Lorri Marriott Memorial Trophy - Top Finishing LOCAL Women's Team
  • Top Finishing LOCAL Team
  • Top Finishing SENIORS Team Trophy -¬† Both Fastest Senior Mixed & Senior Women's Team
  • The Alex Marriott Trophy - Top Finishing Team


  • Trophies:¬† Save On Foods; Mazzie Electric; Port of Nanaimo; Paradise Foods; Saputo (Dairyland); Longwood Brewery; Panago; Modern Cafe; Ezone Embroidery & Custom Apparel;
  • Medals: ¬†¬†A & A Vacuum Doctor; Ramsay Lampman Rhodes; Pinpoint Physiotherapy & IMS; Sloans Heating Services; Lighthouse Bistro; Delco Fireplaces Ltd.; Woodgrove Pines Clinic; Harewood Dental Clinic; Nanaimo Health Shop/Preferred Nutrition;
  • Survivor Pins: 2 Chefs Affair ¬†¬†





Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival Society: Box 575 STN A, Nanaimo, BC  V9R 5I5

Festival Location: July 7, 8 & 9, 2017,  Maffeo Sutton Park, 10 Comox Rd, Nanaimo, BC,

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