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Below is the information from the 2017 Festival. Please check back often! 

We will be updating the information for the 2018 Festival closer to the festival date. 

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. 

Friday July 7, 2017

Entertainment Stage  4:00 pm: Voo Doo Dave McGrath and Company  -  African dance & drum performance. Check out Dave's TV interview here.

Entertainment Stage  5:00 pm: Voo Doo Dave McGrath and Company -  VooDoo Dave and Friends Drum Circle (bring your drum, some provided)

TICKETED  8:00 pm: The Things I Carry -  Battery Opera /Lee Su-Feh T WR My body is an archive of my experiences, my sensations, my history, my ancestors.

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

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. Candles are for sale throughout the afternoon allowing EVERYONE to participate!


Saturday July 8, 2017

TICKETED  9:30 am: Ceremonial Cacao Dance workshop (Melissa Nobels) 

 Entertainment Stage 11:30 am: Egyptian Belly Dance, Ramona

Swy-a-Lana Lagoon  12:00 pm: Opening Ceremony

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 During 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.

Entertainment Stage 1:00 pm: Prayer and Temple Dance - Christina Kottori

Entertainment Stage 1:30 pm: Goddess Persephone Workshop - Made famous by the 1964 film Zorba the Greek, this dance is a traditional Greek dance called Syrtaki.

TICKETED  2:00 pm: The Things I Carry - Battery Opera/Lee Su-Feh

Entertainment Stage 2:00 pm: Dances of Alert Bay - Kwakwaka'wakw First Nations

Entertainment Stage  3:00 pm: Hollywood Stars - Nanaimo International Jazz Festival's Andrew Homzy directs NOLA Nighthawks with tap artists Kat Single-Dain/Timothy Allen

4:30 pm: Will Thrasher Live - Entertainment Stage

Sunday July 9, 2017

TICKETED  9:30 am: Dialogue: Culture as Commodity - Facilitated by Chantelle Spicer with Lynette Harper, Alvin Tolentino, Pichet Klunchun 

Entertainment Stage  10:00 am: Elvis Gospel Performance - Steve Elliot 

TICKETED  11:00 am: Contemporary Dance  - Alvin Tolentino, Co. Erasga 

Swy-a-Lana Lagoon  12:00 pm: Dairyland Carnation Ceremony  

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, everyone present will raise their carnation in honour of lives well lived and of lives interrupted by cancer.

Entertainment Stage 12:30 pm:Temple Dance Fusion - Melissa Nobels

Entertainment Stage 1:00 pm:Temple Dance Fusion workshop

Entertainment Stage 1:30 pm: Kohn workshop - Pinchet 

Maffeo Sutton Park   2:30 pm: Brazilian Samba parade - AxeCapoeria

Entertainment Stage  3:00 pm: Brazilian Dance and Capoeira - AxeCapoeria

Maffeo Sutton Park   3:30 pm: Samba and Reggae dance class - Axe Capoeira

Longwood Brewery Beer Garden  4:00 pm: Panago Awards Ceremony - Everyone gathers to celebrate a great weekend of paddling over a cold brew and a hot slice!  Awards line up here.

Entertainment Stage  4:00 pm: Sharing Dance Canada Flash Mob - choreographed by Canada National Ballet, set by Chiara Ackerman

Maffeo Sutton Park  5:00 pm: MerFOLK SPLASHMOB - featuring Nanaimo Diamonds Synchronized Swimmers! Bring your Mer outfit, learn the moves online & swim along! 



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

Festival Location: July 6, 7 & 8, 2018,  Maffeo Sutton Park, 10 Comox Rd, Nanaimo, BC,

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