Cultural Calendar

Richmond World Festival: something for everyone.| Photo by Rebecca Bollwitt.

I hope everyone made amazing memories and had plenty of fun in the sun this summer! Although fall is just around the corner, there’s still a little bit of sunshine left to enjoy. There are plenty of cultural festivals, film fests, art exhibits, roundtables and playgrounds to visit. Here are some cultural events happening around town to check out and mark down on your calendar. See you in autumn!

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Gabriel Palatchi Trio

Sept. 1, 7 p.m.

Blue Frog Studios, White Rock

Blue Frog Studios will be bringing back the Gabriel Palatchi Trio for a video filming for a live concert DVD. Hailing from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Gabriel’s music combines energy, passion, skill and a true love for music, resulting in a dynamic musical juggernaut. A representation of cultural influences, his music is an original blend of genres such as Latin jazz, tango, funk, Klezmer, gypsy, reggae, samba and electronic. Please visit the studio website for tickets and more information.


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Richmond World Festival

Sept. 1–2

Minoru Park & Richmond Cultural Centre Plaza, Richmond

The Richmond World Festival returns to Minoru Park for the third time, showcasing the city’s cultural diversity through food, music, sport, and art. Featuring performances from over 60 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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KonMari Method Workshop

Sept. 2, 1–5 p.m.


The KonMari Method of home decluttering and organization has gained worldwide popularity for its effectiveness in simplifying homes and lives. Japanese author Marie Kondo described this method in her best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. This workshop on will provide a hands-on demonstration and practice of KonMari techniques, as well as tools and guidance for staying motivated and on track. To reserve a space at the workshop, please visit their website.


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Nikkei Matsuri

Sept. 2–3, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.

Nikkei Museum and Cultural Centre, Burnaby

This annual celebration of Japanese culture hosted by the Nikkei Cultural Centre returns to Burnaby for the fourth time, featuring food, performances, games and entertainment. Bring the kids to chow down on a Japadog, play ring toss and mini-golf, dress up in a yukata traditional dress, and listen to talented musical and dancing contenders vying for the Matsuri Star.


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Serbian Days

Sept. 1–3

Saint Sava Church, Vancouver

Bring the kids to this family friendly event to partake in the celebration of all things Serbian at the 27th Serbian Days at Saint Sava Church. Learn about the heritage and folklore of Serbian culture, compete in a soccer tournament, enjoy grilled barbequed meats and listen to traditional trumpet and popular music. For a complete list of events and activities, please visit their website.


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The Beautiful Brain: A celebration of art and neuroscience

Sept. 7, 3–5 p.m.

Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, University of British Columbia

The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal features special guests Dr. Alfonso Araque, Dr. Larry Swanson, Dr. Claudia Krebs and performers with Arts Umbrella in an afternoon of visual arts, dance, and neuroscience. A Spanish pathologist, Cajal is known as the father of modern neuroscience and as well as an exceptional artist. Combining scientific and artistic skills, he produced drawings with exceptional scientific and aesthetic qualities. For more information, please check out their website.


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Vancouver Fringe Festival

Sept. 7–17

Various venues

One of Vancouver’s most beloved festivals returns to Granville Island to delight, entertain and inspire independent theatre goers of all ages. From the humorous to the intellectual, the tear-jerking to the naughty, there’s something for everyone. On Sept. 6, the festival will have a two hour preview, featuring 40 Fringe artists presenting their reason why you should see their show. There will also be a celebratory opening party and a closing Fringe Awards Night honouring the best of the 11 day festival. For more information, please visit their website.


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Belligerent Obscurantism in Brazil and the Political Relevance of Critical Studies

Sept. 8, 6–8 p.m.

SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver

Join Brazilian pedagogical professor Newton Duarte at SFU Harbour Centre on Sept. 8 as he discusses the socio-political and economic climate in Brazil today. In the last few years Brazil has experienced the demonization of what are considered “leftist,” “communist,” or simply “red” ideas and attitudes. Duarte says the real aim is to confine Brazilian education within the limits of a neoliberal agenda and prevent the development of a critical and reflexive world-view inside the schools. In his talk, he will passionately argue for the development of our theoretical and critical abilities to overcome hegemonic pedagogies. Please visit SFU’s website for more information.


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Reading Flow: Lois Klassen

Sept. 8, 7–10 p.m.

Yactac Gallery

Red Gate Arts Society, Vancouver

Yactac’s pop-up September exhibition at Red Gate Arts Society introduces the latest chapbook in Vancouver-based artist Lois Klassen’s current publication project, Reading the Migration Library. This wall-based work exhibition is an archive of multi-form publications, such as images, poetry, and narrative texts, that explore personal experiences with human migration and displacement. Designed for easy distribution and public circulation, other publications from Reading the Migration Library will be available for visitors to assemble and take away or to read online. For more information, please visit their website.


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Exploring the Dynamics of Power in Environmental and Social Change Work

Sept. 12, 7–9 p.m.

1 Athlete’s Way, Olympic Village, Vancouver

Join Inner Activist faculty member Camille Dumond on Sept. 12 as she discusses ways to understand and undermine hegemonic systems of oppression affecting marginalized groups in our society. She will show how we can use play, movement, and creative expression to reclaim collective and personal power and redefine what it means to be a citizen of this world. Please visit the website to RSVP and to learn more about Dumond and this event.