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Arts and Culture on Vancouver Island

The arts and culture sector includes the core creation of artistic and cultural goods and services, as well as their distribution and management. BC, including Vancouver Island, has gained an international reputation as one of the premier locations for film, television, video game, and digital media production in North America. This reputation is due to the existing infrastructure, skilled production industry, the scenic filming locations, and the financial benefits associated with production in BC. The arts and culture sector also includes book, magazine, and internet publishing, music-related activities, and broadcasting. This sector also overlaps with tourism as it includes indigenous and non-indigenous museums, galleries, art studios, symphonies, music groups, theatres, and dance companies.

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For more information on employment, wages and number of businesses in this sector, consult recent editions of VIEA’s State of the Island Economic Report.