Stories are key to the City of Nanaimo

The long, rich and varied history of the people who lived here has shaped Nanaimo into the interesting, engaging and weirdly wonderful city it is today.

Nanaimo, one of British Columbia’s oldest cities, holds a history deeply rooted in over 3,000 years of Snuneymuxw First Nation heritage. In Nanaimo, arts and culture are not just expressions, they are the heartbeat of the city. A place of striking contrasts and bold creativity, our cultural scene invites you to step into a world where art is not only seen but experienced. Uncontrived, diverse, and deeply engaging, local talent takes center stage alongside global acts at our jazz, blues, and fringe festivals, and across various live music venues, showcasing the city’s fierce independence and rich cultural tapestry.
Come, be part of our living, breathing cultural landscape where every corner has a story, and every experience enriches your soul.


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