This year’s Culture Days agenda allows you to get the behind-the-scenes goods, get your hands dirty, and even try to make ’em laugh.
Here are five activities you’ll want to catch as the celebration takes place Friday to Sunday (September 29 to October 1). (Search and plot out your roster from the dozens of activities at bc.culturedays.ca/.) Oh, and did we mention it’s all free?
Vancouver Opera Orchestra in Rehearsal
(At the O’Brian Centre for Vancouver Opera on Sunday, 1:30 to 4 p.m.)
Here’s a rare chance to hear the tight VO band rehearse: they’re polishing up Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot. The visit even includes a “Conducting 101” lesson with visiting maestro Jacques Lacombe. Register for one of 20 spots.
Improv Sampler Class with Vancouver TheatreSports
(At the Improv Centre on Saturday, 6 to 7:30 p.m.)
For those who like flying by the seat of their pants, Vancouver TheatreSports’ biggest laugh-getters give a welcoming intro course to the wonderful world of improv comedy. Twenty spots available.
Three Shades of East Van
(At the Kensington [1659 Venables Street] on Friday, 1 to 6:30 p.m.)
Help the 18 artists of the Drive area’s Alternative Creations Studio create three mixed-media pieces that pay homage to the surrounding ’hood.
Life Drawing With Dancers
(At the Queen Elizabeth Theatre salons on Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.)
Arts Umbrella and Vancouver Civic Theatres host an all-ages life-drawing class where you can sketch dancers’ movements like an aspiring Edgar Degas.
Behind the Scenes Tour of the Art Factory
(At 281 Industrial Avenue on Saturday, 1 to 2:30 p.m.)
The recently launched cultural hub opens the doors to its 21,000 square feet of workshops, studios, and more. The event even includes a peek at the Great Northern Way Scene Shop, the massive custom-scenery maker for theatre, dance, opera, architectural, and other projects.