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Explore: Asian art exhibition honours patron

There is no better time to view the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s newest exhibition of Asian art than admission by donation day, today at the art gallery. The exhibit, Remembering a Patron: Asian Art Donations from Dr.
The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in holding an exhibition in honour of Dr. Judith Patt's contributions of Asian art to the gallery.

There is no better time to view the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s newest exhibition of Asian art than admission by donation day, today at the art gallery.

The exhibit, Remembering a Patron: Asian Art Donations from Dr. Judith Patt, is in honour of her long-term contributions to the gallery.

Patt specialized in Asian art and taught the subject at the University of Victoria for two decades in the 1980s and 1990s.

She also served on the board of directors at the gallery, co-curated the exhibition and was on the acquisitions committee for years.

Upon her death last year, she bequeathed the bulk of her extensive art collection to the gallery.

Some of the many treasures included in this exhibit include notable Chinese and Japanese paintings, as well as a large variety of Japanese prints from the 18th to 20th century.

The collection, which showcases more than 40 works, includes items ranging from modern Japanese silkscreen art to Chinese porcelain ceramic pieces from the 1600s.

Admission is by donation between 5 and 9 p.m. today. Slegg Building Materials will match every donation made on Thursdays between 5 and 9 p.m. until Aug. 31.

The exhibition runs until Jan. 6, 2019 at the gallery, 1040 Moss St. For more information, go to

Victoria’s first parkrun wraps up this weekend

Run for fun. Run for free. Run with others at the Clover Point parkrun, a weekly five-kilometre timed run every Saturday from Clover Point.

This week’s run marks the end of the first year in Victoria of the event, which traces its roots to a run by 13 participants in Bushy Park, Teddington, United Kingdom in 2004.

It now takes place in 20 countries, including 17 locations in Canada, which first joined the community in 2016.

Since then, participants have taken part in more than 780 events, running more than 113,000 kilometres combined.

Events are always held, as the name implies, in parkland settings. The runs are free thanks to sponsors and volunteers, who organize every run.

People are asked to register only once. The information is used to chart your running time.

Participants run against their own time, not against others. People of all abilities are welcome to take part.

It’s not all about exercise and fresh air. Every week everybody is invited to grab a post-parkrun cup of coffee at Serious Coffee.

It is free to join the run, although registration is required. It starts at 8 a.m. every Saturday at Clover Point, off Dallas Road. For more information, go to

Children’s activities launch 29th Symphony Splash

The Victoria Symphony Splash, possibly the most highly anticipated free outdoor summer concert of the year, takes place Sunday in the Inner Harbour.

This is the 29th year of the annual event, which sees the Victoria Symphony Orchestra and special guests perform on a floating stage to an audience of about 40,000 people.

Not only is the event one of the island’s signature events, it is also one of the largest outdoor orchestral performances in North America.

Entertainment starts at noon on the steps of the Legislature including children’s activities in the Family Zone throughout the afternoon.

The orchestral concert begins at 7:30 p.m. with music director Christian Kluxen and the Victoria Symphony and wraps up around 10 p.m. with a grand finale performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture with fireworks and cannon shots.

The best vantage point on shore is directly in front of the barge, which will face the corner Government and Belleville streets. Note that seating is not allowed among the Welcome to Victoria flower beds.

Waves of music flowing across the lawn of the legislature make up for the lack of view of the performers.

The event is free, but donations are encouraged at red donation barrels. With a donation of $5, people will receive a Victoria Symphony button in return. The event runs noon to 10 p.m. Sunday in the Inner Harbour. For more information, go to

Electronic Music Society to hold concert in Vic West 

Listen to an ambient music performance using modular synthesizers at Wonderment, Sunday in Banfield Park.

This is the third outdoor performance of the series, presented by the Garden City Electronic Music Society.

The all-ages performance features ambient and electroacoustic music presented on multi-channel sound in public green spaces. The group’s aim is to explore creativity and innovation at the intersection of art and technology.

Artists performing at this session are Cindy Reichel Desmarais (Patchwerks, Seattle), The SoLow (Ucluelet), Richard Quirk (Qualicum Beach) and Chris Rozek and Baven.

The concert is free to attend. It runs from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Banfield Park, off Craigflower Road. In the event of bad weather, organizers have a confirmed indoor back-up venue in downtown Victoria which will be announced at 9 a.m. on Aug. 5 on their Facebook event page.

For more information, go to

Viva Victoria Latin Fest features dancers, bands 

Get ready for a full day of entertainment at Viva Victoria Latin Fest, the largest Latin festival in Victoria, Saturday in Centennial Square.

The event brings together Latin artists and dance performers from various Latin American countries.

The festival celebrates Latin culture with live bands, traditional Latin folk dancers, Hula Hoop dancers and Zumba classes.

The family-friendly event has activities for children.

There will be international and local foods, as well as a beer garden.

The event is free to attend. It runs noon to 6 p.m. Saturday in Centennial Square, 1 Centennial Square. For more information, contact Moses Del Olmo, 250-213-2198 or Daniela Latiff, 778-677-1222.

Hornby Island fest has music, dance and art 

Take home some of the magic from the 2018 Hornby Island Festival, 10 days of music, dance and art, today until Aug. 11 at various venues on the island.

This is the 35th year of the festival, run by a registered charitable non-profit and volunteers.

Performers at this year’s evening concerts include Speaker Face, Harry Manx with Kevin Breit, Electric Sex Panther, Boom Booms, Son de Madera, Begonia, Phil Dwyer, Christine Jensen, Ben Dwyer, Jesse Cahill, Adam Golka Paul Williamson and the Tesla Quartet.

Daytime events include an art show, songwriting workshop, sing-along and a fiddle dance.

Tickets are $10 to $40 adults, $16 to $35 for youth and seniors and $5 to $20 for children. For more information on artists, showtimes and venues, go to