McLachlan headlines 7-week Cultural Olympiad - Metro US

McLachlan headlines 7-week Cultural Olympiad

A seven-week festival of arts kicked off in southwest B.C. yesterday as part of the one-year countdown to Van­couver’s Olympic Games.

The 2009 Cultural Olympiad got underway yesterday with a Lunar New Year celebration at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and Lantern-A-Mania outside the Vancouver Art Gallery.

The festival features more than 400 free and ticketed performances and art exhibits. Its highlight will be a one-year countdown concert on Feb. 12 headlined by Sarah McLachlan at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

“These events are the perfect antidote to long winter days,” said Burke Taylor, VAN­OC’s vice-president of culture and celebrations.

Events range from music and dance, visual and literary arts, theatre, film and new media.

Other highlights include:

  • Concerts by Broken Social Scene, Tegan and Sara, and Hawksley Workman with the Bell Orchestra, featuring members of Arcade Fire.
  • Dance, including Peter Pan by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Deca Dance by Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company.
  • Visual art like an ice sculpture exhibit at the Richmond Olympic Oval and a snow sculpture exhibit at Whistler.
  • Japan’s Awaji Puppet Theatre.
  • The Avatar Circus Project, B.C.’s premier circus troupe.

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