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InFrinGinG Dance Festival

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July 5 @ 8:00 am July 9 @ 5:00 pm

Crimson Coast Dance hosts the 25th Annual InFrinGinG Dance Festival at various venues around Nanaimo from Wednesday, July 5th to Sunday July 9th. Scheduled to coincide with the Dragon Boat Festival, InFrinGinG Dance Festival invites audiences to “dance in the belly of the dragon.”

These community events involve music, dance and community celebration, and feature local and visiting artists. Festival highlights include performances at the Port Theatre: nehiyawewin by Sandra Lamoushe, Confluence by Raven Spirit Dance, Grandmama Speak with Shayna Jones (featuring Rufus Cappadochia on cello), Unboxing Bravery: An Exploration of Gender and Trans Allyship Through Drag by Lauren Semple, and A Song of Years by Ted Robinson with Genevieve Johnson and Holly Bright. Events at Maffeo Sutton Park include qw’uyul’ush’utl swy a lana Dancing at Swy a lana, curated and hosted by Tsatassaya White, and A Glimpse of India, curated by Suhki Sangha. Culture House and KidsZone (with PLAYBRIOLA and VI Face painting) return during outdoor festivities.

Of the Festival, Holly Bright, Artistic Managing Director says, “Interactive and inclusive events from the festival allow for fun and engagement for all people. Creating a space to enjoy the arts, while engaging with new activities and individuals is what makes InFrinGinG a community-forming experience.” This years’ festival features an Inclusive Dance Performance, by our monthly Mixed Abilities Dance Jam participants (in partnership with Nanaimo Assisted Community Living). The Festival also features a Community Drum and Didgeridoo Circle, and Ocean Roaring (SPLASHmob), a site-specific performance work by Anya Saugstad and Artists with live, improvised score by Cindy Kao taking place on Friday at Swy a lana Lagoon, and Saturday morning at Neck Point Park. This year we close the Festival with a special treat: an integrated journey of yoga, live music, cacao and sound bath with Christopher Mapstone, Iselin Iona and co-produced with Central HeARTh.

Festival at a Glance

InFrinGinG Dance Festival
July 5th – 9th, 2023, FREE and Ticketed Events
Multiple Locations in Nanaimo, BC : Maffeo Sutton Park, the Port Theatre, Swy a lana Lagoon and Neck Point Park
Presented by Crimson Coast Dance
Produced by Crimson Coast Dance

Annual SPLASHmob: Moving and Making in the Outdoors – July 3rd – 6th, 9th, 2023
Inclusive Dance Performance, Community Drum and Didgeridoo Circle – July 5th, 2023
Grandmama Speak, A Song of Years – July 6th, 2023
Inclusive Dance Jam, Ocean Roaring, Unboxing Bravery – July 7th, 2023
PLAYBRIOLA (w/ VI Facepainting), Culture House, A Glimpse of India, Two shows at the Port Theatre – July 8th, 2023
Dancing at Swy A Lana, The Annual SPLASHmob, Yin Song – July 9th, 2023

Wednesday, July 5th to Sunday, July 9th, 2023, Maffeo Sutton Park, The Port Theatre, Swy-a-lana Lagoon, Neck Point Park, Ticketed and Free event.

For more information about Crimson Coast Dance: https://crimsoncoastdance.com/
For more information about InFrinGinG Dance Festival and Crimson Coast Dance:

For interviews, additional photos or more information:
Crimson Coast Dance Artistic Managing Director:
Hollybright@crimsoncoast.org, 250.716.3230

Kim Plumley
publicitymavens@gmail.com, 250.816.6489

Maffeo Sutton Park

100 Comox Rd,
Nanaimo, BC V9R 3H7 Canada
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