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17th Annual Doors Open Richmond celebrates city’s rich cultural diversity

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 10:53 PDT, Mon May 13, 2024

The Richmond Museum presents the 17th annual Doors Open Richmond on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9 at locations across the city. This year's edition features more than 40 unique sites representing Richmond's cultural diversity and rich heritage – including seven new partner organizations sharing fun experiences with participants.

Through hands-on activities and tours, partners will provide Doors Open Richmond visitors a behind-the-scenes glimpse of their organization or business. Highlights this year include: the Turkish-Canadian Society of Vancouver, where visitors can sample savoury Turkish cuisine and practice traditional crafts; the Richmond Olympic Oval, where sports enthusiasts can tour the facilities and the interactive museum that is the first of its kind in North America; the Steveston Japanese Language School, where families can create their own unique paper craft; and many more.

In addition to the in-person programs, visitors can learn more about sites and facilities through videos at the Richmond Cultural Centre Performance Hall and New videos include Richmond Public Works, offering an inside look at the City's pump stations and one of British Columbia's most comprehensive flood protection systems, as well as Sudnya Dance Academy which introduces viewers to Bharatanatyam, the oldest classical dance form in India that is used to express stories of Hindu mythology.

Bus tours will be available on both days to take visitors to different places of worship along No. 5 Road, known as the "Highway to Heaven". On Saturday, the bus will stop at the Az-Zahraa Islamic Centre, Lingyen Mountain Temple and Richmond Jamia Masjid. On Sunday, it will stop at the Vedic Cultural Centre, Lingyen Mountain Temple and Richmond Jamia Masjid.

Most programs are drop-in. However, some will require advance registration. Discover more at and begin browsing available activities.

Established in 2008, Doors Open Richmond is the longest-running Doors Open event in BC. The local event is part of the Doors Open Canada program supported by the City of Richmond, the BC Arts Council, the Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada. The event is organized by the Richmond Museum Society.

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