Kathak: a mix of story-telling and dance

Search for the beauty within an unshaped space, says Usha Upta when she brings Khoj – A Contemporary Kathak Dance Extravaganza to The Firehall from Wednesday, Sept. 21 to Saturday, Sept. 24. “Just like how the ocean is always moving with the currents and the flow of the waves, we also move endlessly, from our beating heart…

A dragon in Vancouver

The Fire Dragon Festival returns Saturday, September 17, 2022 in Chinatown, which will be magnificently decorated for the occasion, in order to welcome visitors old and new. The event will bring Chinatown’s community together, highlighting the past and present through celebration, cultural activities, performances and culinary exploration. The second annual Fire Dragon Festival, held at…

Art exhibition explores Ukrainian history in Canada

Drawing together works from three artists, Ayla Dmyterko, Sonya Iwasiuk and Darlene Kalynka, the ACT art gallery is presenting a Ukrainian themed art exhibition from Sept. 10 to Oct. 29. Titled Labour and Memory – Ukrainian-Canadian Contexts, it is a timely exhibition that explores the different facets of Ukrainian immigration through multiple mediums such as sculpture,…

The 22 per cent

Realwheels Theatre began as a professional theatre company with a mandate to create and produce performances that deepen understanding of disability, but they didn’t stop there. The company expanded into community engagement work and then again into ancillary projects that address problematic barriers to people with disabilities. Most recently, Realwheels launched an actor training academy…

Bringing it all together: Queer as Funk wants a space for everyone

Fostering fun and community to live audiences – by bringing funk, motown and soul along the way – Queer as Funk, a queer-led inclusive band, is set to bring a good funky time to the TD Community Plaza for the Coquitlam Summer Concert Series on Friday, Sept. 2. “It’s that sort of mission of building…

Documenting “The O-Show”

Fascinating stories and people are a true passion for director Sharad Kharé, and his award-winning documentary film The O-Show will be screened as a part of this year’s Indian Summer Festival on July 8, 2022. The documentary showcases the life and works of Orene Askew, also known as DJ O Show, a highly sought after…

Imaginarium – Creating a magical space for storytellers

“The world needs good storytelling because we have huge crises created by humans. That means we’ve been telling bad stories and we need the ones that call us to a better place,” says Sirish Rao, co-founder and artistic director of the Indian Summer Festival. Imaginarium, a new live event/podcast program created and hosted by Rao…

On stage: modern Bharatanatyam

Indian Canadian dancer and choreographer Sujit Vaidya explores queerness, sensuality, and movement in his performance of Off Centre at Performance Works on July 12, as part of the Indian Summer Festival. The performer has challenged himself to express his queer identity within a very traditional dance form. Bharatanatyam is said to be the oldest classical dance form…

The ancient art of chigiri-e

Taiwanese artist and pianist Leanne Lai celebrates Japanese culture and demonstrates passion, beauty and unwavering patience in her Chigiri-e Paper Art: Flowers exhibit and workshop, suitable for all ages. “I feel chigiri-e is important to me as it is so beautiful. Very few people know about this unique art form,” says Lai. “I have enjoyed…

True to Place inaugurates largest Indigenous art exhibition

A group of 10 emerging and established Northwest Coast Indigenous artists will exhibit their works encompassing a variety of styles and techniques at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art from June 15, 2022 to March 19, 2023. Curated by artist and muralist Xémontalót Carrielynn Victor (Stó:lō), the exhibition’s primary title is True to…

Famous Last Words – Poetry Slam: wit and word

Poetry and comedy are expertly blended in Simon Fraser University’s (SFU) Famous Last Words, where contestants push each other to their creative limits in a series of games designed to test artistic and comedic merit. On June 22 at Pyatt Hall at the VSO School of Music, Famous Last Words brings together a well-known, much loved group of…