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October 01, 2013

Celebrating culture with Boris Sichon!

Arts and culture lovers gathered this weekend to celebrate the 4th annual Culture Days! A nation-wide event, Culture Days aims to raises the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of Canadians in the arts andcultural life of their communities. Culture Days is committed to reaching the goal of having all Canadians in every community declaring "I Love Culture" and making culture a daily habit.

This year, ArtStarts teamed up with multi-instrumentalist Boris Sichon to celebrate arts and culture. Boris has traveled to over 50 countries and owns more than 300 musical instruments from around world. Connecting and inspiring participants through the fun of music, he invited audience members to join him on a cultural journey, by getting to know many of the instruments that he has collected from all over the globe.

Boris encouraged workshop participants to think about musical instruments as speaking a universal language of music, but each with its own unique accent, reminding participants about the rich cultural diversity found in all parts of the world.

Participants laughed and smiled as Boris imitated the native kookaburra bird from Australia with a didgeridoo. He further mesmerized audience members with a Vietnamese mouth harp performance, and to the sounds of a Persian flute.

Families also practiced their drumming and rhythm skills singing: taka taka doom! Clapping along to the sounds of a bass drum called the cajon from Spain, a doumbek drum from the Middle East and an African log drum, participants explored an array of sounds from all around the world.

In addition to exploring the language of drums, participants engaged in making music with spoons. Using the palms of their hands, knees and fingers to create music, the space was filled with entertaining sounds.

As the workshop came to a close, the audience was encouraged to meditate and close their eyes, in order to find renewed energy from the sounds of Indian seashells and a South American clay instrument known as the ocarina. To conclude his musical workshop, Boris then treated his audience to a highly energetic performance using a 70-year-old xylophone.

Boris encouraged participants to express themselves through the universal language of music and to celebrate culture! Thanks to Boris for a wonderful experience!

Saturday also marked the opening of our new exhibition at the ArtStarts Gallery. Sound Play is an interactive exhibition exploring music, acoustics, composition and sound-making, featuring installations and artwork by students from across BC and by professional artists working with young people. Sound Play also features a selection of Boris Sichon's instruments from around the world. Visit the ArtStarts Gallery and be immersed in an exciting sonic experience!

Check out lots more photos on Facebook from ArtStarts on Saturdays and at ArtStarts at River Market.

We hope to see you at next month's event: Let's Bhangra! with South Asian Arts. Join us at ArtStarts on Saturdays in Vancouver on Saturday, October 26 and at ArtStarts at River Market in New Westminster on Sunday, October 27. Read more details here.

ArtStarts thanks Boeing for their generous support of the ArtStarts on Saturday series. ArtStarts also thanks River Market at New Westminster Quay for their support of ArtStarts at River Market.  

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