Cultural Centre gaining stature across province
It’s been an eventful summer at the Cultural Centre. For a start, we hit the huge milestone of officially being recognized as one of the province’s most prominent arts presenters. This astounding achievement couldn’t have been reached without the ever-increasing support and patronage of our community, and provides yet more evidence of the importance and demand for access to arts and culture in communities such as ours. With this unbelievable growth and support in the relatively short period since opening our doors back in 2010, we think the future is looking bright for the arts in our city as we approach our fifth season this fall.
We’re especially excited to announce that our 2014/15 season will be our most adventurous and entertaining yet. Featuring comedy, theatre, kids’ shows, magic, music concerts and more, the Cultural Centre offers the chance to experience more live performances in Chilliwack than ever before. From the spectacular venue of the HUB International Theatre, where you can sit back and appreciate a first-class auditorium, to my personal favourite: The Rotary Hall Studio Theatre, with its intimate ambience that is just perfect for those up-close-and-personal shows, the Chilliwack Cultural Centre has it all.
As we reflect on the exciting opportunities to catch live entertainment that the Centre offers, it would be impossible not to remember the great shows that came to Chilliwack last season. From the rollicking musical fun of The Official Blues Brothers Revue, to the adrenaline fuelled Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival and the quirky, insightful humour of Grim and Fischer, our guests have laughed, cried, and applauded their way through the last 12 months. We’ve got all this and more on the cards for our upcoming season, so whether you’re a regular at our shows or are yet to come and check out the Cultural Centre, you’ll be excited to find even more top-class entertainment right on your doorstep.
Getting the season off to a spirited start was the Canadian country star Lisa Brokop. Born in Surrey, but now living down in Memphis, Tenn., Lisa celebrated her career’s 20th anniversary with an evening of country tunes on Sept. 3; a night planned to be steeped in rustic charm and fantastic music. Next in the calendar (and a personal favourite) is the Fraser Valley Culture and Craft Beer Festival. This one is sure to be a huge crowd-pleaser, especially considering that we have an amazing eight more breweries coming along than we had for last year’s sold-out installment, meaning there’ll be more than 60 beers to be sampled (although don’t consider that a challenge!). Following our hugely successful Art of Wine festival in May, this event will be an awesome chance for us beer-lovers to get in on the fun and taste what British Columbia’s thriving craft brewery industry has to offer. All proceeds from this unique fundraising event go towards supporting the arts and crafts programs at the Centre, so you can consider coming along to be both a whole lot of fun and your good deed for the day (or week, we don’t mind).
So for the place to soak up arts, culture, and entertainment of all kinds right in the heart of Chilliwack, head down to the Cultural Centre. Visit the Cultural Centre’s website at chilliwackculturalcentre.ca, follow on twitter at @ChwkCulturalCtr and find us on Facebook for full info on events and tickets.
>Richard Taylor is the marketing assistant at Chilliwack Cultural Centre. An appreciator of extreme music, long novels and reasonably priced beer, he can be contacted at Richard@chilliwackculturalcentre.ca.