North Peace Cultural Centre
The North Peace Cultural Centre is Fort St. John’s “touchstone of the arts” located in the heart of the city within walking distance to major hotels, restaurants and retail shops. The Cultural Centre boasts a unique and beautiful design with a lobby and concourse area that stretches the length of a city block. The Peace Art Gallery, the Fort St. John Public Library and Cool Beans Cafe can be found in the North Peace Cultural Centre.
Approaching its 25th anniversary of operation, the centre hosts a professional 413 seat theatre and is the preferred location for operations of a dance school, a community choir, ongoing art classes and home to the local theatre company, Stage North Theatre Society. The North Peace Cultural Centre is vibrant and its theatre holds hundreds of events every year from major performing artists to local community plays and annual award ceremonies. “The North Peace Cultural Centre is active every year and all year,” said Oliver, “there is a little something for everyone – all ages and interests – at the cultural centre.”
The professional staff of the North Peace Cultural Centre organizes and provide a wide range of services, from a fine-arts based preschool, art classes for children and adults, meeting room rentals, hobby sales, and ticket sales for events in our theatre and the community.
The North Peace Cultural Centre is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, the Fort St. John Arts Council and the BC Touring Council.
Meet Oliver Hachmeister
Meet Oliver Hachmeister
The North Peace Cultural Centre is administered by a volunteer Board of Directors and has a staff of 10 people. The Centre relies upon an active volunteer base of around 30 who donate their time and talent to the various festivals and special events held in the centre. The Centre strives to ensure everyone feels welcome and appreciates the ongoing work of their staff and volunteers.
Oliver first started working in the North Peace Cultural Centre's theatre doing sound and moved on to be a successful Tech Director. He is the now the Operations Manager of the North Peace Cultural Centre.
Oliver was born and raised in Fort St. John and appreciates the community spirit of the residents. "There is a multitude of opportunity for those people that are willing to create them," said Oliver. "If you want something to be done and you're willing to put in the work you can do it, people recognize your efforts and respond in support." When he's not busy with work or participating in events at the Cultural Centre, Oliver enjoys taking his motorbike and driving the route to Hudson Hope and back for the scenic views and winding roads.
Oliver volunteers with various local groups and notices that most of his favourite happenings take place in the North Peace Cultural Centre. "I love to hang out here and participate in what's happening," he said. Oliver admits it is hard to choose his favourite annual event but mentions Bright Nights in June as a stand-out new event. "It's a community-wide celebration of the arts that takes place both in the Cultural Centre and throughout the whole community," explained Oliver. The fun event features an evening gala, an Art Walk, a chili cook-off and more.