Spring Festival

Spring! FCCS’s spring festival of the arts (March 1 – May 1), brings a myriad of events to the UBC O campus and to the city of Kelowna. Many events are free and all are open to the public.

The Spring festival of the arts covers the spectrum of artistic adventures by students, faculty and guest artists through performances, film screenings, spoken word events, guest lectures, and art exhibitions in drawing, painting, sculpture and photography.

Presenting Sponsor:

TD The Ready Commitment

Upcoming Events

Due to current conditions with the COVID-19 outbreak, we are postponing or cancelling our scheduled events. Please see the notices below.

The Public Health Agency of Canada continues to assess the public health risk associated with the virus. However, it is important to state that UBC does not currently have any confirmed cases amongst is faculty, staff and student community.

We seek to minimize transmission in the community by limiting close contact with others at this time.


Kelowna will be a hub of activity during the 2020 festival.

Come out and see what’s been germinating over the winter. It’s time to get out of the house!

Schedule of Events

Saturday, March 7 | Creative Days Workshop – Drawing with Patrick Lundeen

Creative and Critical studies Building, UBCO Campus | noon to 2 p.m.

Fun, hands on workshops for all ages in our community.


Monday, March 9 | Visiting Artist Series – Krista Belle Stewart

UNC 106, 3272 University Way, UBCO Campus | 2:00 p.m.

Krista Belle Stewart is an artist and member of the Syilx Nation, and will talk about her studio art practice.


Cancelled: Saturday, March 21 |Creative Days Workshop – Creative Writing with Nancy Holmes

Creative and Critical studies Building, UBCO Campus | 10 a.m. to noon

Fun, hands on workshops for all ages in our community.


Cancelled: Wednesday, March 25 | Okanagan Short Story Contest Winner Announcement

Okanagan Regional Library, 1380 Ellis St, Kelowna | 7:00 p.m.

Writer in Residence, John Lent, will announce the winners of this year’s short story contest, with a chance to hear readings by the winners.


Cancelled: Tuesday, April 7 | Piano Concert

University Ballroom (UNC 200) | 1:00 p.m

Internationally renowned Spanish pianist Leopoldo Erice will perform “Beethoven’s Deafness: From Silence to Creation” in a free concert at UBC Okanagan.


Postponed to Nov. 21, 2020: Friday, April 10 | Pony Cabaret

BlackBox Theatre (Kelowna Community Theatre) | 7:00 p.m.

Pony Cabaret is a fundraiser for the Living Positive Resource Centre. It features some of Kelowna’s sassiest performers.  Hosted by Miss Cookie La Whore, showcasing a variety of talent from comics, burlesque, spoken word, and music-makers.


Cancelled: Friday, April 17 | Draw By Night

Okanagan Co-Lab, 1405 St. Paul Street, Kelowna | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Draw By Night combines drawing and socializing. Come armed with your favourite drawing utensil or just bring yourself and you can use our stuff. We will provide drawing materials and long stretches of paper.


Cancelled: Saturday, April 18 |Creative Days Workshop – Tour of the BFA Student Exhibition

Creative and Critical studies Building, UBCO Campus | 10 a.m. to noon

Join visual arts instructor Andreas Rutkauskas for a tour through the BFA graduating student exhibition.


Cancelled: Thursday, April 23 | BFA Student Graduating Exhibition Opening Reception

Creative and Critical Studies Building, 1148 Research Road | 7:00 p.m.

This BFA Visual Arts graduation show includes a wide variety of artists’ works including sculpture, photography, drawing, painting, digital media and printmaking.

Note: The BFA exhibition will be available for viewing on an online platform. Stay tuned for updates.


Cancelled: Thursday, April 30 | Okanagan Student Film Festival

Innovation Centre Theatre, 460 Doyle Ave. | 7:00 p.m.

SOFF celebrates emerging student filmmakers of the Okanagan Valley.


Past Events

List of Events:

Tuesday, April 3 Points of View – screening of documentary shorts

University Theatre, ADM 026, 1138 Alumni Ave, UBC Okanagan Campus, Kelowna | 4-6pm
Join us for a series of short documentary films produced by students in third year Documentary Production (VISA 371).
For more information contact:  denise.kenney@ubc.ca

Tuesday, April 3 Readings by Creative Writing Students
Milkcrate Records, 527 LKawrence Ave | 7pm

Thursday, April 5 – Sunday, April 8 | Here and Now – The only way to fly is to stand still! 

University Theatre, ADM 026, 1138 Alumni Ave, UBCO Campus, Kelowna | April 5-7 @7pm, and April 7 & 8 @ 2pm
A show created by UBCO performance students about the art of living in your own story. An evening of movement, music, poetry and small (but wide) moments. This show is suitable for all ages. Tickets $5 at the door or contact Denise Kenney: denise.kenney@ubc.ca

Friday, April 6 | Truth or Consequences

Black Box Theatre, 1375 Water St, Kelowna | 7pm both nights, plus a 2pm showing on April 8
An interactive performance; come play a game about the power of lies, the hidden truth in the stories we share, and the freedom in accepting consequences.
Book online through Eventbrite.com

Thursday, April 12 | Eco Art Incubator Double Bill
Living Building: The Ethel Lane House (Denise Knney) and Daylighting the Classroom (Shimshon Obadia)

Innovation Theatre, Innovation Centre, 460 Doyle Ave, Kelowna | 7-9pm
Imagine a building designed to function like a flower! Imagine a classroom designed by nature and the determination of middle school students! Two documentaries; two inspiring stories.
Tickets by donation at the door, or contact: denise.kenney@ubc.ca

Thursday, April 12 to Tuesday, April 24 | 20 Twenty – 2018 BFA Graduation Exhibition

Creative and Critical Studies Building, 1148 Research Rd, Kelowna | daily 10am-4pm; Thursday & Friday 10am-8pm
Closing Reception: Saturday, April 21 | 7-10pm
This exhibition showcases work by 4th year visual arts students and 4th year interdisciplinary performance students.

Wednesday, April 18 to Saturday, April 21Traces: An Audio-Conscious Exploration of Memory, Boarders & Space

702 Bernard Ave, Kelowna | Showings every 30 mins, 6-9pm
Traces is a performance that explores the memories of another through audio immersive story-telling.
Tickets are by donation to the Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society. Book times online 

Saturday April 21 | Creative Days Tour of the BFA Year-End Graduation Exhibition

Creative and Critical Studies Building, 1148 Research Rd, Kelowna | 10am-12pm
Attend a free tour to view and discuss the best works of our graduating visual arts and performance students.
RSVP to: briar.craig@ubc.ca

Sunday, April 28 Pony Cabaret

Black Box Theatre, 1375 Water St, Kelowna | Doors open at 7:30pm, Cabaret at 8pm, dance afterparty 10pm-midnight.
The third annual Pony cabaret features some of Kelowna’s sassiest performers. Hosted by Cookie, showcasing a variety of talent from comics, burlesque, spoken word, and music-makers. All proceeds go to LPRC.
Tickets at the door: Students $10, Adults $10 or pay what you can

Monday, April 30 3rd Annual Student Okanagan Film Festival

Mary Irwin Theatre, Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Avenue, Kelowna | 7pm
SOFF continues a tradition of celebrating emerging student filmmakers of the Okanagan Valley, and will showcase short films from a wide range of genres including mini-documentary, experimental, music videos, animation, and much more!
Admission: By Donation