ALIVE Arts Winter Festival & Dialogue is a cultural showcase with Aboriginal performing artists, an urban aboriginal artisan Christmas sale, children’s art program, traditional dancers, and community meals prepared by W2 Media Cafe.
Produced by W2 Community Media Arts Society in partnership with the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Society, ALIVE (Aboriginal Life in Vancouver Enhancement Society), Lower Mainland United Way, Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival, BCGEU, and RayCam Community Centre.
The series of cultural presentations and dialogues take place each lunch hour from 12-2:00 pm with discussions over healthy foods and then continue with evening cultural presentations. On Thursday, Dec 15, the Festival highlight is a dialogue and report back on the City’s Urban Aboriginal People’s Study/Vancouver 2011 with Ginger Gosnell and invited guests to hear back from members of the community.
WINTER FILM NIGHT
Tuesday Dec 13, 6-9:30 featuring the NDN Classic ‘Smoke Signals’ directed by Chris Eyre. Presented by Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival (VIMAF).
HIP HOP BINGO
Wednesday Dec 14, 6-9pm featuring $1000 in prizes with yer Hosts Ostwelve & JB The First Lady.
ABORIGINAL BLUES REVIEW
Thursday Dec 15, 6:00-9:00 featuring Wayne Lavallee, Murray Porter, Dalannah Gail Bowen and Russell Wallace.
ALIVE DIALOGUE CIRCLES
Tuesday-Thursday Dec 13-15, 12-2pm. A series of cultural presentations and dialogue circles take place each lunch hour with discussions over healthy foods and then continue with evening cultural presentations. With a focus on School Board, Park Board and City of Vancouver and enhancing our relations.
Bone game, traditional crafts, drumming, songs and storytelling
The main event on Thursday, 5-9pm with POWWOW DRUMMERS! On Thursday, Dec 15, the Festival highlight is an evening of Powwow drummers, community meal, and dialogue and report back on the City’s Urban Aboriginal People’s Study/Vancouver 2011, with Ginger Gosnell-Myers and City of Vancouver representatives to share within the circle with members of the community. Check out the traditional games, Blues Review, the Artisan tables and more!
And did we say this is all free or by donation?! See you at the W2 Media Cafe and Woodward’s Atrium! On the Hastings and Cordova bus routes, with parking in the Woodward’s Parkade (enter eastbound on Cordova east of Cambie).
Date: Stories will be recorded from May to September 2011. Community screenings on August 28, October 18, October 19 and October 22, 2011. Location: Sunset Community Centre, West End Community Centre, Britannia Community Centre Website:vancouverstories125.blogspot.com
Sunday, August 28th, 2011
Noon – 5pm
Artful Sundays at Britannia Community Centre
Tuesday, October 18th, 2011
West Point Grey Community Centre
Wednesday, October 19th, 2011
Sunset Community Centre
Saturday, October 22nd, 2011
Britannia Community Centre
As part of the City’s 125th anniversary celebrations, the Vancouver Park Board is hosting a team of digital media artists at community centres. With 125 Vancouver Stories, artists will be gathering stories and images to capture the oral histories and memories of local residents.
These digital stories mark the history and create a legacy of our diverse communities. The collected digital stories will be archived online and will be amalgamated on a DVD to be shown on large TV screens in community centre living rooms. This project will present a new communal focus for community members to see themselves reflected in their story montages and will re-animate the community living rooms. The stories will also be seen in celebration screenings throughout the city.
Be part of this unique project by coming out and sharing your stories. Digital storytelling is the use of accessible digital tools to let everyday people tell their own personal stories. Digital stories are: short, simple videos that use recorded voice as well as photographs, animation, sound, music and limited live action. The stories are captured by artist and filmmaker Lisa g Nielsen and her team: Brian Lye, Suzanne Ahearne, Odessa Shuquaya and Lisa Walker. The team will be collecting stories from May until September and will work out of (but not limited to) three Vancouver Park Board community centres: Britannia, Sunset and West Point Grey.
The Vancouver Queer Film Festival presents Celebrate Queer Vancouver. Running July 21 to August 21, this month-long multifaceted celebration showcases film, visual art, community dialogue and – at the centre of it all – a public art installation to engage and celebrate the dynamic experiences and achievements of Vancouver’s queer communities.
Celebrate Queer Vancouver culminates with the 23rd Annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival.
With support from the City of Vancouver’s 125th Anniversary Grants Program and the participation of the Government of Canada.