2024 InFrinGinG Dance Festival

26th InFrinGinG Dance Festival

Downtown and All Around alongside Nanaimo Dragonboat Regatta

July 09-14, 2024

Port Theatre
Maffeo Sutton Park
Swy a lana Lagoon
Triple Moon Mercantile

Message from Holly Bright, Artistic Director


On an extraordinary planet full of complexities that make and break it as well as making and breaking its humans, we gather together to share in life’s loves and losses, ceremonies, and projects. Today we dance.

As we strive to shift our relationship with nature, protect it, defend it even as we burn our way to the theatre, we gather to understand. We dance.

In defining who we are and what we care about – daily – we seek each other. Who are we? What do we care about? How do you dance?

InFrinGinG Dance Festival’s focus this season is on our community – on who we have been, who we are and where we are going. We are reflected from the stage as a poem, full with diversity, layered with metaphor, and imbued with knowledge for which there are no words. We are together dancing. Local and guest artists invite us to old stories told in new ways – nourishment comes to us from our neighbor’s food truck, artisans sparkle our eyes, and Every Body Dances.

Why do we dance? Because it saves us. It places us in our physical bodies and in relationship to each other. It places us in the ancestry of our people amidst a vision of our future. It brings us laughter. Joy. Beauty. Today.

Hay ce:p q’a siem for joining us at our festival where we get to watch, play, dance and celebrate!

To the many performing arts lovers who have made this festival happen – some for its life of 26 years – ‘I’ cun ci:t shqwalawun. We are grateful.

To our sponsors, patrons, donors and funders, on behalf of the community, thank you!

To our audience of witnesses and participants – LET’S DANCE!

We give our highest regard to Snuneymuxw Nation and commit to walking respectfully and listening deeply while on your homelands.

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.

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Make a Donation, Make Dance Possible

Crimson Coast Dance is a non profit contemporary dance performing arts organization. As such, we rely on individual donations to enable our continued impact on this community, which includes bringing world-class artists to perform and teach, expanding awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures, and making dance and movement – its many social and health benefits – accessible to all.

As part of our commitment to removing barriers to arts engagement, our ticket prices are as low as possible. These prices do not reflect the true cost of production. If you value this work, please consider making a donation.

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The Sámi People’s Theater, Giron Sámi Teáhter