Centre Point: Enjoy culture at home

Events in the coming weeks provide an abundance of culture – all of which can be enjoyed without the fuss of packing a suitcase.

My idea of a perfect vacation rarely involves the word travel. I’m among those who prefer to stay within a few hours of home, seldom longing for the great open road. Whether it’s a plane, car, bus or otherwise, the less time I spend in some form of motorized metal box, the better.

Despite my inherent indifference towards travel, I do have a deep appreciation for enriching my life through cultural experiences.

Lucky for non-globetrotters like me, the arts have a way of bringing culture a little closer to our doorstep.

Events happening in the valley in the coming weeks provide an abundance of culture – all of which can be enjoyed without the fuss of packing a suitcase.

This afternoon is a celebration of Ukrainian culture at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre as the Sadok Ukrainian Dance Ensemble presents the 2013 Okanagan Ukrainian Festival.

Enjoy brilliant colours, culture and drama rolled into a spirited afternoon of Ukrainian dance. This year’s special guests are the Dolyna Ukrainian Dancers of Kelowna. The fun starts at 2 p.m., and tickets are still on sale online at www.ticketseller.ca, or at the door after 1 p.m.

The Plumes Ensemble is a crossover group that blends classical music grace, indie-pop catchiness and vocal chamber music to create pieces that are sophisticated while keeping the vocals fresh and innocent.

With its assortment of harp, strings, brass and woodwinds, this group of young musicians is performing live at the Armstrong Inn on Sunday, June 2 starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now through the Ticket Seller box office at 549-SHOW (7469).

The Louisiana Hayride has delighted Vernon audiences with their stylized tribute concerts throughout the valley and beyond.

Coming up on June 5, this music extravaganza is back at the Performing Arts Centre for their new show: The Legends of Country and Rockabilly.

Featuring the same cast, Legends brings new songs and stories to stage for an evening of nostalgia. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and tickets are on sale through the Ticket Seller by calling 549-SHOW (7469).

Also on June 5, Full Frontal Improv is hosting another high energy night of theatre improv at The Hub Arts Collective.

Anything and everything is fodder as the actors play with any subject matter in this unpredictable evening of laughter and audience participation. The fun starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are on sale through the Ticket Seller by calling 549-SHOW (7469).

And coming up the weekend of June 8, Vernon will be the place to be for arts and crafts enthusiasts.

On June 7 and 8 in the Performing Arts Centre foyer, you’ll find the Okanagan Potters Association’s annual pottery sale.

The same weekend, June 7 through 9, also brings the 38th annual Creative Chaos, with more than 200 vendors, a food faire, and live performers in the Vernon Recreation Complex’ three buildings.

Admission is free and the selection of things to see and do will not disappoint.

More information can be found on the Ticket Seller website at www.ticketseller.ca and on the Creative Chaos website at www.creativechaoscrafts.com.

Enjoy the shows.

Brian van Wensem is the audience development coordinator at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre.

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