Access to the arts provides strong health and social benefits for our community that enhance quality of life for residents and draw visitors to the area. Nurturing arts, culture and heritage brings considerable economic benefits. Arts and culture generates $5.2 billion annually in BC.
Colwood has a strong arts community and a growing number of opportunities to participate in and enjoy art, music, theatre and dance.
Colwood Events: Beach Food, Eats & Beats, the Seaside Festival and more
The City of Colwood hosts weekly and seasonal events featuring performances by live, local musicians, performers and artists, along with favourite local food trucks and fun activities in parks and at the waterfront on the sand, sea and sky. Read more about Beach Food Days all summer long; Eats & Beats at the Beach in July and the Colwood Seaside Festival in September. New Years, Easter, Volunteer Appreciation, Mothers Day, Indigenous People's Day, Halloween and Christmas and other annual events also promote community connections and showcase our community throughout the region.
Exploring possibilities for a Performing Arts Centre
The Juan De Fuca Performing Arts Centre Society is a not-for-profit society whose purpose is: "to plan, promote, develop, construct, and operate a performing arts facility that will accommodate a comprehensive range of cultural and community experiences."
The plan envisions a theatre and mixed-use arts, education and wellness complex that would serve the cultural needs of a growing community and diversify sustainable economic development within the region.
Learn more at https://building4thearts.com/
Coast Collective Art Gallery
Coast Collective is an art centre that offers beautiful surroundings, an affordable showcase for Fine Art and learning opportunities. It's a place to visit, relax, enjoy and learn. A place to bring people together to celebrate the artistic talent and cultural heritage.
PACE Musical Theatre Program
Starting as early as kindergarten, children can participate in the PACE Musical Theatre Program (Program for Academic and Creative Enrichment). For the past 20 years, up to 500 students from Kindergarten to grade twelve have rehearsed and performed three major musical theatre productions in the school district each year along with opportunities to perform at community events.
School District 62 Fine Arts
Dunsmuir Middle School and Royal Bay Secondary school each offer arts programs. At Royal Bay Secondary you will find music and band programs, as well as dance academy, drama programs, and film and television courses.
West Shore Arts Council
The West Shore Art Council encourages creative participation and excellence in the arts, creates opportunities to exhibit arts and foster public interest, appreciation and understanding of the arts.
Four Seasons Musical Theatre
Four Seasons Musical Theatre is the Westshore's family theatre, and has provided a place to create and offer good family entertainment since 1975. People of all ages enjoy plays featuring interesting characters involved in compelling stories that incorporate song and dance. Four Seasons also offers volunteer opportunties in all aspects of the theatre.
View Royal Casino Entertainment Venue
In 2017 an Entertainment Venue was added to the View Royal Casino to showcase live and local entertainment. The new venue hosts special events, concerts, presentations, parties and conferences. Learn more at: www.viewroyalcasino.com