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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.  Visit the Dance Museum Tent -  SAT, JULY 6 & SUN JULY 7 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. 

2019 entertainment schedule will appear here by magic as it is confirmed. Come back!

Friday July 6, 2018

Crimson Coast Dance Stage

5:30 pm: VooDoo Dave & Friends and Guinean artists of Kalabanté share the outcome of their residency together; with a teaser by Kalabanté 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 rythyms 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 for sale by donation throughout the afternoon allowing EVERYONE to participate!

Saturday July 7, 2018

Swy-a-Lana Lagoon 

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

Sunday July 8, 2018 

Crimson Coast Dance Stage  

10:00 am: Elvis Gospel Performance - Steve Elliot 

Swy-a-Lana Lagoon  

12:00 pm: Carnation Ceremony  

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After the Survivors Challenge race 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 where everyone present will raise their carnation in honour of lives well lived and of lives interrupted by cancer.  Carnations are for sale by donation 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

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.

Swy-a-Lana Lagoon

4:15 pm: Flashmob - Sharing Dance Canada-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!


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

Festival Location: July 5, 6 & 7, 2019,  Maffeo Sutton Park, 10 Comox Rd, Nanaimo, BC,

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