Museums, music and murals at Culture Days in the River City

Culture Days are on again.

The national weekend of culture-related events includes a number of stops of interest in the RIver City and offers plenty to do.

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If you’ve left downtown’s back alleys unexplored, the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association has a route mapped out for you.

A map dotting 26 murals painted in downtown back alleys is available on the KCBIA website for a self-guided tour exploring the works of local artists who have embraced entire buildings as their media. For a map and guide to the works, go online to downtownkamloops.com.

If you’re after something indoors, two museums have plenty of culture on offer.

At the Kamloops Museum and Archives, 207 Seymour St., a highlight tour will explore the stories behind some of its favourite artifacts big and small, from a fur trade cabin to a photograph from 1871.

Also on at the Kamloops Museum and Archives is a pop-up interactive display called That’s What She Said, a preview of women’s history month in October.

Other events on at the museum include a mini lecture on 19th-century B.C. photographer Benjamin Baltzly, charcoal-leaf rubbing, collage-postcard making and mystery artifacts asking for labels.

At another museum, explore Japanese Canadian history at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in an event new this year.

Lance Yamada, a board member with the Kamloops Japanese Canadian Association, said the museum contains things of interest in Kamloops’ Japanese Canadian past, including features on Japanese athletes, like those on the North Kamloops Mohawks baseball team of the 1950s.

The museum will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

Yamada has other plans, too. On again this year is a Taiko drumming workshop open to the public.

Yamada was a drummer in a band for 15 years and said when he made the switch to Taiko he found it was a lot more fulfilling.

“It’s way more fulfilling and you get exercise and it’s really good for the mind,” he said.

When the workshop meant for beginners started three years ago it had five or six participants, but last year ballooned to 15.

“Everybody is on the same page and the idea is to just have some fun,” he said.

That event will take place Friday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Kamloops Japanese Cultural Centre, 160 Vernon Ave.

If you’re in the mood to move, dancing is on at the Old Courthouse.

Dance groups Lindy in the Loops, Sun City Swing and Dance With Me Kamloops will host a night of lessons and demos Friday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

If you’re interested in the Lindy Hop, cha-cha or west coast swing, RSVP for an evening of dance set to the music of Beyond Brass at the Old Courthouse, 7 West Seymour St.

For a complete list of events on in Kamloops as part of Culture Days, go online to culturedays.ca and search for events by city.

© 2018 Kamloops This Week

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