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.¬†¬†Visit the Dance Museum Tent -¬†¬†SATURDAY, JULY 7 & SUNDAY JULY 8 from 12:00-5:00 PM¬†¬†to purchase performance tickets, register for workshops, and learn more about the inspirations that underlie the festival performances.¬†Located in Maffeo-Sutton Park next to the Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival's Paddler's Village entrance.¬†
Crimson Coast Dance Stage
5:30 pm:¬†VooDoo Dave & Friends and Guinean artists of Kalabant√© share the outcome of their residency together; with a teaser by Kalabant√© for their Saturday night show! Bring your drum or borrow one of ours (limited!) and circle up with us to revive the heartbeat of InFrinGinG for 2018
7:00 pm: Won'ma Afrique Teaser Performance -¬†¬†Amazing acrobats, along with their musicians, run their authentic choreographies on the frantic rythmes of djembes from Guinea.¬†
Swy-a-Lana Lagoon ¬†9:15 pm:¬†Stones of Courage¬†Ceremony¬†
The Stones 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 sea stone, to the edge of the Swy-a-lana¬†lagoon.¬†Stones¬†are obtained upon a monetary donation throughout the afternoon allowing EVERYONE to participate!
Saturday July 7, 2018
12:00 pm:¬†Opening Ceremony
During a break in the racing on Saturday, paddlers and spectators will gather at NOON to witness the spiritual awakening of the dragons, the "dotting the eye" ceremony and the dragon boats parade on¬†the lagoon.¬†
Crimson Coast Dance Stage
11:30 am: Salsa - Nanaimo Ballroom Dance Society
12:30 pm:¬†¬†"Hawaii thru History" -¬†Hawaiian hulas, instruments, songs and dances thru history.
1:30 pm:¬†A Night in Tahiti -¬†¬†an all Tahitian show of traditional and contemporary dance, music and costume.
2:30 pm:¬†Show and Tell¬†- Audience Participation -¬†Hawaiian hula and Tahitian ori dance with drums and hands on instruments
3:30 pm: Maori New Zealand¬†-¬†an Maori style show of traditional and contemporary dance, music and costume.
4:30 pm: Polynesian - multi mix Fire Dance Grande Finale
Crimson Coast Dance Stage ¬†
10:00 am: Elvis Gospel Performance -¬†Steve Elliot¬†
12:00 pm:¬†Carnation Ceremony ¬†
After 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, everyone present will raise their carnation in honour of lives well lived and of lives interrupted by cancer.¬†Carnations are for sale allowing EVERYONE to participate!
Crimson Coast Dance Stage¬†
11:30 am: Lluva flamenco Ferla - celebrating fiesta style dance from Spain
12:30 pm:¬†Khaleegy -¬†Dance of the Gulf States, performance,¬† workshop¬†and audience participation
1:15 pm:¬†Dabke!¬†- Lebanese, Syrian & Palestinian folk dance. Demos/workshop
2:00 pm:Turkish Roman Dance -from folk to folkloric. Performance and workshop¬†
3:00 pm:¬†Dance and Rhythms¬†of Egypt¬†- performance and workshop fun
4:15 Flashmob - Sharing Dance Canad-National Ballet School, Chiara Ackerman
5:00 pm: MerFOLK Splash Mob -¬†CALLING MerPERSONS, MerMEN, MerCHILDREN, MerMAIDS, MerBEASTS!¬†Join us and Nanaimo Diamonds Seanchronized Swimmers as we gather, splish, splash and sing our siren song to the love of water! Also enjoy a slice of cake as we celebrate 20 years of Dance of the Crimson Coast!