A Celebration of the West Coast Carver

September 10th-21st, 2016

Shore Pier on the Water, 368 Main Street, Tofino, BC, Canada

Join the 2016 Carving on the Edge Festival in honouring the people and traditional territory of the Tla-o-qui-aht.

From September 10 through 21, 2016, the Carving on the Edge Festival in Tofino, BC will showcase traditional and contemporary west coast wood carving with exhibits, forums, feasts, workshops and demonstrations. This year’s festival theme, Grounded: People to the Land, invites carvers of all skill levels and lovers of art and culture to explore the relationship between Tla-o-qui-aht artists to their traditional territorial land.

On the Edge fine art show will kick-off on September 14 with an opening celebration featuring a traditional welcoming to the Tla-o-qui-aht territory with drumming and singing and an opportunity to meet the carving artists. The show will run until September 21 and will feature the Virtual Museum Project, a multi-media installation on a curated collection of carved Nuu-chah-nulth items being held in museums across the world. There will also be a display honouring the carving career of the late George David.

Since 2010, traditional carvers have gathered at the Carving on the Edge Festival to share ideas and skills with other carvers, communities and youth. The festival is growing, gaining momentum and recognition. Now in it’s seventh year, the festival continues to expand its program to give a glimpse of how diverse and rich the carving culture is on Vancouver Island alone. Continue to explore the many events of this year’s celebration!