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.¬†
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¬†
The 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
¬†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
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 ¬†
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.
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
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!¬†