Updates from Culture & Events

City of Nanaimo // AUGUST 2022

Image: 2022 Street Banner design by Urban Design Roster artist Roz MacLean

2022 Street Banners On Display
Theme: Growing and Thriving in Nanaimo

Nanaimo streets have an extra pop of colour!

At the end of July, Roz MacLean's much anticipated, vibrant street banners were put on display around Nanaimo. MacLean is a visual artist who works in traditional and digital mediums, with projects spanning illustration, expressive art and design. In her practice she explores themes of human nature, community and connection with the natural world. This is her first public art project in the city. 

Each year, artists are asked to provide their interpretation of a pre-determined theme.  “This banner design considers the plant life of this region. With this year’s theme inspired by a garden, I wanted to think about systems of growth and life that consider wellness, from root to flower and earth to sky. I enjoyed learning the names and characteristics of the plants you can see in the design, such as Kinnikinnick, Fireweed, Blue Camas, White Avalanche Lily and Iris Tenax. Roots nourish plants, and everything below the soil is just as vital to flourish as what appears above. This is true for plants and for human beings!” says MacLean.


More about Street Banner Design Program

2023 Culture Grants - Apply Now!

Image credit: Ben Giesbrecht, Nanaimo Night Market, 2020

2023 Culture Grants
Applications now available. Deadline October 19, 2022

Grant applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. on the day of deadline to be eligible for consideration in this funding stream.

2023 Culture Grants

We have now launched the 2023 applications for funding assistance to support cultural activities in Nanaimo. Funds are available in three streams: Culture Operating Grants, Culture Project Grants and Downtown Event Revitalization Funding.  Applications can be submitted online or via dropbox.  See website for further submission details.

Culture Operating Grants
Culture Project Grants
Downtown Event Revitalization Fund 

Your 2022 Culture Grant & Final Reports

A reminder - final reports are coming due!  Final Reports are required before a new application for Cultural Funding can be submitted. Find the Final Report Forms online in each program page:

Culture Operating Grant - Report Form
Culture Project Grant - Report Form
Downtown Event Revitalization Fund - Report Form

Important Note: Applicants who have received funding in previous years must provide a Final Report within 90 days of project completion, or before a new funding request is submitted for consideration. Failure to provide a Final Report will render new applications ineligible. If project has not yet reached completion, an interim report may be provided prior to application for current year funding.


More about Grants

Mark Your Calendar!
Special Events in August and September

Concerts in the Park

Image: Nicole Arendt                                                                                                   Image: Eutah Mizushima

Summer 2022 is getting festive! We have had a blast welcoming you back into civic parks with the Concerts in the Park series. Don't miss out on these performances remaining in August!

Summer Vibes Quartet
Wednesday August 17, from 7-8 pm 
McGregor Park

Organized with Vancouver Island Symphony
Nicole Arendt, Marimba; Jonathan Bernard, Percussion; Chris Helman, Soprano Saxophone; Michael Vaughan, Bass

Original music in an exciting fusion of classical virtuosity and world-jazz drive for soprano saxophone, marimba, double bass, and percussion. Audiences call their music "stunningly beautiful - radiating sonic joy."

Eutah Mizushima
Tuesday August 23, 5-6pm
Neck Point Park

Drawing from his Japanese-American heritage, multi-instrumentalist Eutah Mizushima combines elements of both traditional Eastern and modern Western music. He will be playing the shamisen, a three-stringed traditional Japanese lute.

More about Concerts in the Park

September 16-18
Nanaimo Harbour 

For the first time ever Nanaimo will be the host to Canada's largest street hockey festival!!

The festival will be jammed pack with fun activites for all. Exciting street hockey games will consume the streets and everyone is invited to watch. There will be interactive games, a diverse range of food, and entertainment.

Want to join in on the hockey? Don't miss the deadline to register Monday September 12, 11:59pm.


Register Today

National Day for
Truth and Reconciliation

September 30
Stadium District 
745 Third St, Nanaimo

Snuneymuxw First Nation, the City of Nanaimo and Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools invite you to honour our children and recognize a day of reflection for Truth and Reconciliation in our community together.

Join us in the morning to honour survivors and their families, followed by food vendors available at noon, FREE performances and activities for all.



Image: Welcome Pole, 2021 by Noel Brown
Image credit: Sean Fenzl

Goodbye and Hello

Allison Collins 

One of our team has her eyes on new horizons! Allison Collins, Culture Coordinator, joined the City of Nanaimo in 2020, bringing with her many years of valuable experience working in the multidisciplinary arts, event planning, exhibition work, and arts publishing. She also brought an infectious passion for culture! The work that Allison has undertaken within our Arts & Culture community during her time with the City of Nanaimo has been significant, and the results of that work evident. Though she will be missed, the Culture and Events team wish her all the best as she takes the next step on her career path.


Michelle Palmer

Michelle is passionate about building relationships and bringing people together. She loves how events encourage people from all walks of life to get involved with their community. Michelle is an energetic go getter that is always on the move with planning her next personal event or travel adventure. She has always been the planner in her family with creating detailed spreadsheets for any life event. With already having an interest in planning events and earning her degree in Tourism Management she has discovered that event planning is the direction that she wants to take her professional career.


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