Friday, June 19 to Sunday, June 21, 2015Victoria, BC will again host the Aboriginal Cultural Festival, a three-day celebration of Aboriginal peoples, arts, and culture, beginning on Friday, June 19 and wrapping up on Sunday, June 21 â National Aboriginal Day.
Created in partnership between Aboriginal Tourism BC, the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations, the Royal BC Museum, Tourism Victoria, the Robert Bateman Centre, and the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority, the goal for the festival is to showcase the rich Aboriginal culture and history throughout Victoria and British Columbia. The Royal BC Museum will host the outdoor event, which will feature a main stage for more than 30 scheduled performances, including those by three-time hoop dance world champion Alex Wells; an artisan craft fair, showcasing arts and crafts certified by the new (2014) Authentic Indigenous Arts Program; and an outdoor dining area where visitors can purchase food for sale including West Coast clam chowder, fry-bread, and Indian tacos. Last year, more than 15,000 people visited the Aboriginal Cultural Festival; previously, the last festival in Victoria, BC that celebrated Aboriginal culture was held more than eight years ago.To join the conversation on social media, check out #FNCulture and #AboriginalBC. For more information, visit www.AboriginalBC.com. About Aboriginal Tourism BCThe Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia (AtBC) is a non-profit, Stakeholder-based organization that is committed to growing and promoting a sustainable, culturally rich Aboriginal tourism industry. Through training, information resources, networking opportunities and co-operative marketing programs, AtBC is a one-stop resource for Aboriginal entrepreneurs and communities in British Columbia who are operating or looking to start a tourism business. AtBC works closely with tourism, business, education and government organizations to help BC's Aboriginal tourism businesses offer quality experiences and actively promotes these experiences to visitors and local residents. www.aboriginalbc.com. -30- Media Contacts:Brian Cant, Tartan Group: 250-592-3838, 250-888-8729 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org Deirdre Campbell, Tartan Group: 250-592-3838, 250-882-9199 (cell) or email@example.com Paula Amos, Aboriginal Tourism BC: 604-803-4494 or firstname.lastname@example.org