Thursday, February 27, 2014

Nanaimo 2014 Cultural Award Celebration


 2014 cultural awards
2014 Nanaimo Cultural Awards Celebration

On Wednesday March 12, 2014, the City of Nanaimo will honour four outstanding recipients in the cultural and creative fields at the City's annual Cultural Awards Celebration. Performances will include a family tribute to Ken Gogo, the Wellington Jazz Band, Snuneymuxw First Nation blessing, Nanaimo's Poet Laureate Naomi Wakan, and Crimson Coast Dance. The public is welcome to attend this event, but must reserve tickets (free) by contacting the Port Theatre Box Office (250-754-8550 / www.porttheatre.com).

The City's Cultural Committee selected this year's honourees based on each individuals significant contributions to Nanaimo's cultural vitality. Candidates were identified through a community nomination process. Two new award categories were created this year; Emerging Cultural Leader and Lifetime Cultural Achievement.


---- Shayd Johnson ---- will receive the city's first Emerging Cultural Leader Award for his continuing efforts and devotion to the creative industry and the cultural community. He spearheaded and co-founded the Green Light Project to create awareness for low barrier housing. He is a strong community advocate for technology and art initiatives and provides employment opportunities for graduates of VIU.


---- Kenneth Gogo ---- will receive the inaugural Lifetime Cultural Achievement Award. Mr. Gogo is well known for his contributions to Nanaimo's arts and entertainment scene. He devoted a lifetime of talent and support to the cultural community and his legacy lives o through the Gogo family name.


---- Ian Niamath ---- will receive The Honour In Culture Award for his many years of volunteer service and support for the arts and cultural sector including the Nanaimo Art Gallery, The Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival and for his design / architectural work on many of Nanaimo’s building projects- most notably Nanaimo’s waterfront and renowned Harbourfront walkway.


---- Pat Coleman ---- will receive the Excellence in Culture Award. Mr. Coleman is one of Canada’s greatest jazz musicians and music educators. He is a world class performer, producer and writer who has brought some of the finest musicians from places such as New York and Toronto to perform with him and deliver clinics to local musicians and students.



TO RESERVE TICKETS (FREE):

Please contact the Port Theatre Box Office at 250-754-8550 / www.porttheatre.com.

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