Date: December 9 • 2018 @ 2:00 pm
End date: December 9 • 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Place des Arts and the Coquitlam Heritage Society present a free, all-ages celebration of diversity! Join us for Reflections to discover how our city’s diverse cultural traditions and customs are entwined over the holiday season.
As with many Canadian cities, the cultural fabric of Coquitlam is ever-changing. Traditionally comprised of English and French speaking citizens, along with our First Nations communities and a few “others” from “away” that weren’t necessarily recognized, today Coquitlam is home to people from many cultures, with the top three non-English speaking communities being Korean, Farsi and Mandarin.
Although their languages are very different, these cultures, as well as our First Nations, share a love of storytelling, and they all have traditional myths that focus on the magic of light, themes that inform the activities of Reflections.
At Place des Arts, you’ll enjoy making your own delightful lanterns, guided by artists from the community and based on traditional lanterns from Europe, China, Korea and Iran. Step into our Storytelling Tea Salon with First Nations Spoken-Word Artist in Residence Molly Billows where, over a warm cup of tea, you can learn how to tell your own stories and hear the inspiring stories of school children in our community who have participated in storytelling workshops with Molly this fall.
Step over to Coquitlam Heritage Society’s Mackin House for tours of the Heirlooms & Treasures and winter seasonal exhibitions. Learn how our diverse Coquitlam community celebrates the season while enjoying baked goods, traditional caroling with Amy Newman and the Christmas Revelers, heritage crafts, and stories from a variety of cultures in our community.
The event winds up with a Celebration of Diversity at Place des Arts, led by Molly Billows from 4:30 – 4:45pm and featuring performers from Place des Arts’ adult musical theatre class under the direction of Shelby Simmons and accompanied by Place des Arts piano teacher Isaac Juarez-Flores.
Admission is free!