February 2016

Arts, Culture & Galleries

The island is home to a thriving community of artists, musicians, poets and craftspeople whose work captures the beauty and spirit of Galiano.

Art to Find! - Summer also brings our annual Galiano Art Studio Tour. This is a time you can meet Galiano's artists and hear firsthand how the island inspires their work. Year round, you can take home a piece of original Galiano art from our many galleries and gift shops. Click here and print the GALIANO ART STUDIO TOUR MAP.

Festival Events? - Yes, there are many! - Come in February and snag a front-row seat at readings and workshops by celebrated authors at the island's very own literary festival. On Canada Day (July 1st) catch the North Island Jamboree, a wonderful example of "old-time" Galiano. During the BC Day long-weekend (first weekend of August ), many galleries and private homes on Galiano host a special Art Show which features new work made especially for this event. And as well, our Island’s wonderful annual  Fiesta is on that first Saturday in August, the Wine Festival is mid-August and the celebrated Blackberry Festival is always the first Saturday in October, during Canada's Thanksgiving celebrations.

Make a Movie! - Budding filmmakers flock to our Island's award-winning Gulf Islands Film & TV School, which offers one- and two-week programs to students of all ages. From June through September, everyone can enjoy free Saturday screenings of student films each week.

It's 11 feet tall! - The indoor KUNAMOKST MURAL ..... be sure to stop by the Galiano Oceanfront Inn & Spa to see the impressive Kunamokst Mural. Unveiled for the 2010 Winter Olympics, it was created by 190 artists, each working independently, 30 of whom are from Galiano.