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Showcasing Students’ Artistic Talents

Appreciative audiences have enjoyed the many live performances showcasing students’ talents. A variety of opportunities in the arts at the elementary and secondary levels are available across the District. What follows are just some of the recent examples and photos of highlights.


A tradition since 1980, this year’s Burnaby Festival of Dance did not disappoint with many incredible performances. The festival was originally created to provide a non-competitive forum for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 to perform and share their dances with peers, parents, and friends. Over the years, it has grown to showcase dances over several nights with more than 1000 students participating each year.


The ever-popular District Choir Night had performers singing and playing to a packed house at the Michael J Fox Theatre. The crowd enjoyed music from the CoroVoce youth honour choir, Piccolini children’s choir, and Sound Wave handbell choir.

The Festival of Beginning Bands returned for the first time since the pandemic. More than 1000 Grade 7s played at host schools, Inman Elementary, Nelson Elementary, and Gilmore Community School.


There have been numerous theatre performances at both the elementary and high school level. Students have delighted audiences with plays such as The Lion King JR. at Confederation Park Elementary, And Then There Were None at Cariboo Hill Secondary, and James and the Giant Peach JR. at Westridge Elementary.

Read About Professionally-Installed Public Art Exhibitions of Student Work

Students Building A Better Tomorrow Through Art
Student Exhibitions on Display at the Burnaby Art Gallery
Burnaby Art Gallery blasts off with Arts Alive: Out of This World – Stir Online Magazine, May 3, 2023
Arts Alive and Artist Apprenticeship Program – Burnaby Art Gallery


Posted June 2023