4th Annual Youth Arts Festival Schedule Announced!

The 4th Annual Youth Arts Festival will take place in Nelson and Trail February 13-20! Please join us for some of this exciting programming. Since 2015 the annual Youth Arts Festivals have garnered inspired responses from participants, provided professional experiences for young artists, and opportunities for everyone to engage in youth arts oriented culture!

This year’s festival features an all ages Dance Cypher, taking place on Wednesday February 14th from 5-6:30pm, hosted by the Nelson District Youth Centre! Come bust some new or old moves in the all ages all styles cypher, with dancers and MC’s present from the Nelson, Trail and Rossland youth dance community, and featuring DJ Ripple! This event is free and open to the public to participate or observe. Connect of the Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/173354073439051/

On Thursday evening, February 15th from 7-10pm, come celebrate youth talent at the Backstage Lounge and Open Mic Night. Featuring local musicians Evan Kinsella, Darnell Wolfe, Mike Meaney and more! This is a drop-in open mic night for youth 15-29, so bring your instruments! The night will also include the signature collective drawing tables, the famous pin making machine and tasty eats. This is a free event, taking place at Oxygen Art Centre. Connect of the Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/328921947603038/

On Friday, February 16 at 7pm The Ouro Collective Performs Tangent at the Capital Theatre with special guest performances by Dance Fusion youth dancers. Tickets $5 Youth/Student and $10 Adult. Buy tickets online at capitoltheatre.bc.ca.

Throughout the festival, creative workshops and other activities will be happening around the Kootenay community. Oxygen Art Centre will host an evening of life drawing with music; a guitar workshop preceding the backstage lounge; an artist trading card workshop; as well as a portfolio development workshop for those who are thinking about applying to art school or wanting to start exhibiting their work! These events are all free and open to youth aged 15-29. The Ouro collective will also be teaching a number of hip-hop workshops, hosted at various dance centres in the Kootenays! Please see the full 4th Annual Youth Arts Festival Program Schedule below for details.

The goals of the Annual Youth Arts Festival are to encourage youth to pursue their artistic talents and interests, and those of their peers in a professional and meaningful way that can be celebrated by the community at large though attendance at the all-ages events.  The festival also provides mentorship and workshops that develop skills, educate and inform youth about professional art practices.  Everyone is invited to come out and support this important programming initiative and celebrate youth arts culture in our communities!

Oxygen Art Centre gratefully acknowledges festival supporters: British Columbia Arts Council, The Province of British Columbia, Canadian Heritage, Columbia Basin Trust, Thor’s Pizza, Nelson & District Youth Centre, Hall Printing, Hairy Productions, and Kootenay Gateway. The Bailey Theatre in Trail and the Capitol Theatre in Nelson have been partners in organizing the 4th Annual Youth Arts Festival.

Connect and find out event details on the Youth Arts Festival Facebook page:

Or at: www.oxygenartcentre.org



 Tuesday, February 13 5-7pm
Life Drawing at Oxygen Art Centre

Wednesday, February 14th 3:30-5pm
Ages 8+ HipHop Workshop at NDYC
Workshop registration contact: Slava Doval
Email: info@slavadancefusion p. 250-352-0047

Wednesday, February 14 5-6:30pm
Dance Cypher at Nelson and District Youth Centre, featuring DJ Ripple

Thursday, February 15th 7:30-9pm
Ages 12+ HipHop Workshop at Moving Centre
(prior danceexperience required!)
Workshop registration contact: Slava Doval
Email: info@slavadancefusion p. 250-352-0047

Thursday, February 15 5-7pm
Guitar Workshop with Ty Wright at Oxygen Centre

Thursday, February 15 7-9pm
Backstage Lounge and Open Mic, featuring Evan Kinsella, Darnell Wolfe and Mike Meaney At Oxygen Art  Centre

Friday, February 16 7pm
The Capitol Theatre presents OURO Collective – TANGENT
Special guest performance by DanceFusion Youth Dancers

Saturday, February 17 4-6pm
Portfolio Development Workshop at Oxygen Art Centre

Saturday, February 17 11-12:30
Beginner Youth Hip-hop Dance Workshop at Steps Dance Centre

Saturday, Feburary 17 4-5:30
Beginner Youth Hip-hop Dance Workshop at Kootenay Danceworks

Saturday, Feburary 17 7pm
All Ages Dance Battle at Rossland YAN Space

Sunday, February 18 6pm
The Charles Bailey Theatre presents OURO Collective – TANGENT
Special guest performance by Dance Fusion Youth Dancers

Tuesday, February 20 4-6pm
Artist Trading Cards Workshop at Oxygen Art Centre presented by the Youth Arts Hub



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