Guo Pei: Couture Beyond

The Vancouver Art Gallery will be unveiling Guo Pei: Couture Beyond, the first Canadian exhibition devoted to the work of Guo Pei, China’s preeminent couturière. This mid-career survey features more than forty complete looks from Guo Pei’s most iconic runways from 2006 to 2017. In her theatrical, extravagant creations, Guo Pei combines contemporary aesthetics, production…

I wanted another way of life

Leaving for Canada was a choice I had made a long time ago. Originally from the French countryside, from a family that takes little or no vacation and where we work hard, travelling is somewhat foreign to us. Despite that, leaving my comfort zone and leaving alone for far, far away from home tempted me.…

Histories of Islam

Muslims are an integral part of Canadian society, and yet their history and contributions to that society are often overlooked, says Aslam Bulbulia. Events like those in October for Islamic History Month go some ways towards changing this situation. “[Islamic History Month carries] in some ways a double edge of separating yourself, of treating Muslims…

A celebration of Vietnamese heritage

In celebration of Vietnam’s culture and heritage, the Southeast Asian Cultural Heritage Society (SEACHS) will be holding Mai Dao: A Glimpse into Vietnamese Culture at the Norman Rothstein Theater on Oct. 27. Reminiscing on his time in Vietnam, Mai Dao theatre director Dennis Gupta says he is fond of Vietnamese water puppet show, which is what first introduced him…

Marking the Infinite: Contemporary aboriginal women artists from Australia

Marking the Infinite will make its Canadian debut at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology (MOA) in November. The show seeks to celebrate and preserve Indigenous knowledge, languages and traditions through the eyes of nine Aboriginal women’s artworks. “It is a series of firsts for us,” explains Carol E. Mayer, curator of the Pacific at MOA. “It is…

Speaking volumes with one act

In the upcoming theatre production The Ones We Leave Behind viewers are immersed in a character play that subtly addresses one of society’s major issues: social isolation, abandonment and loneliness. With the support of the Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (VACT), the seminal MSG Lab play will be making its debut from Oct. 24–Nov. 3 at The Cultch’s…

A polar bear’s life

Filmmaker, Julia Kwan explores themes of aging and the abandonment of the elderly in her first animation film, The Zoo. Animated by Jesse Cote at Jester Coyote and co-produced by the National Film Board (NFB) and Telus, The Zoo takes us on a journey through the story of Kut, a polar bear cub who finds himself living in…

Cultural Calendar

“Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and caldron bubble!” Once again, the spine-chilling, hair-raising, heart-pounding Halloween season has returned, and there are plenty of Halloween-themed activities for the whole family (and for adults-only for the really frightening stuff!). But if the scary season isn’t for you, not to worry. As always, there are many…