Friday, May 22, 2015

Prince Rupert prepares to celebrate the culture of salmon with Salmon Fest 2015

The Jim Ciccone Civic Centre is Salmon Central for Saturday, as the Gitmaxmak'ay Nisga'a host a celebration of the arrival of the first salmon of the season, with Salmon Fest 2015.

The day long event features a wide range of activities, much of them centred around dance presentations from a number of First Nations dancers, including the Gitmaxmak'ay Nisga'a Dance Group.

As well as the First Nations groups of the Northwest, the Chinese Lion Dancers will join in with the events of the day, with the finale of the night when it comes to dancing offering up the Blanket Dance expected to start around 8:30.

In addition to the cultural celebration Vendors will be set up in the Civic Centre Auditorium offering a sample of their works of art, as well as samples of a variety of food offerings from participating groups.

Admission to the event is free, things start at 10:00 AM and wrap up close to twelve hours later with a Drum drill and the Grand Prize draw for the day provided by Hawkair, bringing Salmon Fest to an end for this year.

A look at the events and time that they take place can be found below:

CFNR will also be providing live streaming video of the events through the day available through their website.

This year marks a change in the nature of the Salmon Fest, condensing what was previously a weekend event into a full day of activities.

More information on the events for Saturday can be found from the Salmon Fest Facebook page

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