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Arts, culture and heritage experiences still alive in Richmond

By Coun. Linda McPhail

Published 2:27 PDT, Tue April 13, 2021

Last Updated: 2:13 PDT, Wed May 12, 2021

Exploring and celebrating the arts, heritage and intercultural connections is just as important during this pandemic, if not more, as it provides an avenue for balance and enrichment of life.

Applause can be given to all the city facilities and department staff, organizations and individuals who adapted in light of the COVID-19 world pandemic, pivoting their arts, cultural and heritage offerings online to provide so much for the community to enjoy over the past year.

As we look forward to 2021, the City is committed to offering and supporting appropriately scaled events as an important means to maintain and build community connections as we all continue to navigate the evolving COVID-19 pandemic situation.

I have seen, first-hand, a common theme emerge about the importance of reaching out to the community. By showcasing Richmond’s vibrant cultures including the arts and heritage, we:

ο Enrich the lives of residents by providing opportunities for the community to connect, learn and celebrate together, thus building a sense of community.

ο Provide local artists and performers with further opportunities to connect with our residents. 

We have learned that people want to connect and participate in any way possible—whether on-line or in person. 

Although many arts, cultural and heritage programs and events were forced to cancel as we knew them in 2020, staff and partner organizations quickly learned to adapt and offer new ways to deliver experiences in a safe and fulfilling manner to residents. 

Later this spring, we will present the Arts Services Year in Review 2020 and the Museum and Heritage Year in Review 2020, highlighting the spectrum of programs, successfully offered during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are in full swing planning the resurgence of our renowned annual arts, cultural and heritage events in a safe and scaled way for 2021.

This year will include a combination of virtual, self-guided and potentially onsite events, depending on pandemic circumstances as the year progresses. Many will include the involvement of other organizations within the non-profit, arts, culture and heritage realms.

They include:

• Richmond Cherry Blossom Festival

• Doors Open Richmond

• Steveston Salmon Festival on Canada Day

• Richmond Maritime Festival

• Farmer’s Markets

• Culture Days

• Richmond Has Heart

• Branscombe House Artist-in-Residence

• No. 3 Rd Art Columns

• Community Murals

• Engaging Artists in the Community public art initiatives.

I urge you to check our social media channels, our website as well as other arts, heritage and cultural organizations in Richmond to see what’s out there for you and your families to enjoy this year.

For more information please visit the City’s website www.richmond.ca/culture/overview.

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