Cultural Calender

A sample of sights to see at the Richmond World Festival.| Photo courtesy of Richmond World Festival.

Welcome back everyone! I hope everyone had an amazing summer break full of sunshine, good times and memories. Even though fall is around the corner, there’s still plenty of summer left to enjoy. Take your friends and family to see the many cultural events and festivals in the twilight of summer. See you in Autumn!


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Tom Hsu: Here, under our tongue

Aug. 9–Sept. 22

Burrard Arts Foundation, Vancouver

Photo artist Tom Hsu’s Here, under our tongue, currently on display at the Burrard Arts Foundation, takes care in lingering over remnants. Taking photography’s signification as an index, Hsu’s exhibition tunnels recursively into the frame of the camera to carefully hold and examine that which is left over after the event. Plying gestures, situations that exceed explanation and other bizarre refuse are the subjects of his work. He will give an artist talk at 2 p.m. on Sept. 8. Check out the foundation’s website for more information.


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Vancouver Latin American Film Festival

Aug. 23–Sept. 2

Various venues

The Vancouver Latin American Film Festival provides a forum for the promotion and exhibition of Latin American cinema in Vancouver. This 11-day annual festival encourages dialogue among cultures and explores and celebrates the art of contemporary Latin American and Latin-Canadian filmmaking. The festival will feature films from black, queer Latin and Indigenous filmmakers from the Latin American region. Special attention will be paid to the Andean region, with films focusing on the Peruvian mountains, Colombian textiles and Bolivian prisons. For a complete list of shows, please visit their website.

Scene of the Andes of Peru from the film Retablo.| Photo courtesy of Vancouver Latin Film Festival.

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Richmond World Festival

Aug. 31–Sept. 1

Minoru Park & Richmond Cultural Centre Plaza, Richmond

The Richmond World Festival returns to Minoru Park for the fourth time, showcasing the city’s cultural diversity through food, music, sport and art. Featuring performances from over 90 musicians, culinary cook-offs, media film and art galas, and sporting exhibitions, there will be something for everyone of all ages. Admission is free! For a complete listing of performers and events, please check out their website.


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Kerrisdale Antiques Fair

Sept. 1–2

Kerrisdale Cyclone Taylor Arena, Vancouver

Vancouver’s favourite antiques fair, now in its 17th year, held in the charming and historic neighbourhood of Kerrisdale, features over 65 specialty vendors with over 250 tables of antique, vintage and retro decor and collectibles under one roof – a style for every collector, from folk to formal! Eagerly anticipated by both vendors and patrons, expect to find antique and estate jewelry, mid-century Modernist decor, French country and formal furnishings and much more at this Labour Day weekend event.


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TaiwanFest 2018: Fête with the Philippines

Sept. 1–3

Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza

TAIWANFest is a family-friendly event that showcases the best of Taiwanese and Asian cultural arts, food and lifestyle and it’s happening on Sept. 1–3 at the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza. This year’s theme honours the Philippines and the cultural linkages between the Indigenous peoples of the two Asian island nations. There will be plenty of performances, exhibitions and cuisine to experience at the festival. Please visit the festival’s website for a complete schedule.


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Vancouver Fringe Festival

Sept. 6–16

Various venues

One of Vancouver’s most beloved festivals returns to Granville Island to delight, entertain and inspire independent theatre goers of all ages. Featuring 700 performances by over 90 artists over 11 days, the festival will showcase everything from the humorous to the intellectual, the tear-jerking to the naughty – there’s something for everyone. There will also be a celebratory opening party and a closing Fringe Awards Night honouring the best of the festival. For more information, please visit their website.


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Skookum Festival

Sept. 7–9

Stanley Park, Vancouver

Framed by the shoreline forests of Stanley Park, the Skookum Festival features an eclectic mix of contemporary music, food and art. Alongside a music lineup of legends and new favourites, discover live art and multimedia installations by local artists, complemented by a taste-tripping selection of culinary experiences – from cool food trucks to remarkable dishes from some of Vancouver’s most notable chefs and restauranteurs. Please check out the festival’s website for more information.


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Festival of Recorded Movement

Sept. 8–15

SFU Woodwards, Vancouver

The third Festival of Recorded Movement is happening Sept. 8 to 15 at SFU Woodward’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts and was created as a platform for movers and filmmakers to share and create short films that revolve around the body in motion. F-O-R-M presents films that deliver strong imagery of the human body in motion, exploring the limitlessness of our physical capacity both creatively and athletically, and offering a sense of choreographic investigation between camera and movement, regardless of form. For a complete schedule of events, please check out the festival’s website.


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Ho Rui An: Sun, Sweat, Skirt, Fan

Sept. 8–29

Centre A, Vancouver

Ho Rui An is an artist and writer working in the intersections of contemporary art, cinema, performance and theory. He writes, talks and thinks around images, with an interest in investigating their emergence, transmission and disappearance within contexts of globalism and governance. Centre A will be hosting a curated exhibition of his work in September. An opening reception will take place at 7 p.m. on Sept. 7. Please check out Centre A’s website for more details.

Engaging in women’s artistic history.| Photo courtesy of Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre.

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Women’s Work: Reflections on the History of Women in Textile Exhibition

Sept. 12–Dec. 30

Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre, Vancouver

The Italian Cultural Centre Museum will be hosting the exhibition, Women’s Work: Reflections on the History of Women in Textile, from Sept. 12 to Dec. 30. This exhibition examines the role of women throughout history. In pursuit of this concept, Curator Angela Clarke selected 16 significant Italian works of art that either deal with themes pertaining to women or were created by women. Various works emphasize women’s historic roles as mystic and spiritual teachers, their capacity to rule behind the throne and the historic institution of marriage and women’s traditional role within it. Opening night will be at 7 p.m. on Sept. 12.