Fighting injustices for Afghan women

Roberta Staley, magazine editor, freelance writer and filmmaker, honours Frakhunda Malikzada, the 27-year-old Afghan woman who was brutally beaten, stoned, and then set ablaze in Kabul, Afghanistan, in March 2015. Staley’s documentary, Mightier Than the Sword, premiers on Saturday, June 17 at Simon Fraser University’s Vancouver Harbour Centre campus. It will also screen at the…

The Native Voice: Maisie Hurley’s “Political Diary”

The British Historical Federation awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Historical Writing Honourable Mention to Eric Jamieson for his historical book, The Native Voice: The Story of How Maisie Hurley and Canada’s First Aboriginal Newspaper Changed a Nation on May 27. Eric Jamieson, a former banker in British Columbia, developed a passion for writing at an early…

Kimonos: a gateway to Japanese culture

Kimono Culture, an exhibit on the history and art of this Japanese textile, will run until Sept. 3, 2017 at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre in Burnaby. A special talk by guest curator Hitomi Harama will be held at the centre on June 24. “Kimono is a core element of Japanese traditional culture.…

Celebrating Croatian culture in Vancouver

The Croatian Cultural Centre will be holding their 2nd Annual Croatia Days Festival this year. According to Ante Pocrnic, Vice President of the United Croats of Canada, last year over 3000 people attended the festival and he expects the turnout to be even greater this year. This year the two-day event is being held from…

Th’owxiya: the Hungry Feast Dish

A mouse is caught stealing cheese from the mouth of Th’owxiya: a goddess known to hold the best foods from around the world. The challenge: find and sacrifice two young spirits to Th’owxiya (pronounced: Tho-wox-eeya) or she will eat the mouse’s whole family! With the help of new friends – two bears, a raven and…

REVOLUTION: re-branding artistic practices

The B.C. Alliance for Arts + Culture is hosting their annual conference, REVOLUTION: Engaging Human Creativity, on June 8. With a variety of speakers, panels and workshops, REVOLUTION will explore how the arts can be used to create connections and a better society. Through REVOLUTION, the Alliance hopes to help shift how we as a…

Literary connections to community

The Surrey City Centre Library hosted a book launch featuring the city’s first ever Poet Laureate, Renée Sarojini Saklikar on May 12. The legacy story project Surrey Stories Connect: Teens and Seniors Write Surrey, subtitled Fear Less, Love More; Moins de peur, plus d’amour; ਡਰੋ ਘੱਟ, ਿਪਆਰ ਵੱਧ ਕਰੋ was one of Saklikar’s major undertakings…

A scream for tolerance – Tsang Kin-Wah’s Canadian debut

“Everyone wanna be accepted and adored” is one of the sentences on the walls of the Onsite/Offsite Vancouver Art Gallery exhibition where Tsang Kin-Wah displays his anti-racist ideologies in elegant flower patterns. The Hong Kong-based visual artist is famous around the world for his so-called “wall paper art,” in which he weaves his messages into…

Vesak: A festival of new beginnings

Buddhists all over the world are celebrating the Vesak festival this month, in which they commemorate the Buddha’s birth and passing into Nirvana. Vancouver’s Tisdall Park will be the stage of the third BC Vesak Festival on May 28, organized by a joint committee of representatives from 50 Buddhist temples across the world. Surrey-based Buddhist…

Learning Through the Arts (LTTA): a refuge for refugees

Maher Bahloul, University of British Columbia (UBC)’s visiting linguistics professor from The American University of Sharjah, Dubai, has constructed a Learning Through the Arts (LTTA) proposal for refugees. The concept of Bahloul’s proposal Meaningful Integration of Syrian Refugees: Targeting the Artists is based on several factors, including the recent arrival of Syrian Refugees in Canada…

A little bit of Vienna in Vancouver

A touch of Vienna social housing is coming to the Museum of Vancouver. Starting May 17,the Vancouver Viennese artist collective Urban Subjects are collaborating with Austrian curators Wolfgang Förster and William Menkin to install a new two-month long exhibit at the MOV. The Vienna Model: Housing in the 21st Century will present a glimpse into…

Vancouver’s heritage shaped by many faces

The public lecture series Shaping Vancouver 2017: Reshaping Conversations on Heritage delves into the diverse cultures that shape our experience of place in Vancouver. “It’s these diverse cultures that influence the growth of Vancouver,” says Bill Yuen, one of the talk organizers and the manager for Heritage Vancouver Society. “Our heritage is shaped by living…

Documentary shines light on repair cafés

FIXED! is a short documentary that was inspired by the rise of ‘repair cafés’ in local communities around the world. The movement initially began in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and quickly became a phenomenon. At a repair café, volunteers gather to fix broken items from the public for free. These items include electronics, small appliances, jewelry, clothing…