Elle Sofe Sara centres on land and reclamation in Sámi dance

Inspired by Sámi culture and history, spiritual dance performance Vástádus eana – The answer is land centres themes of community, reclamation and the importance of land. The Sámi people are Indigenous to Sápmi, also known as northern Scandinavia, and, similar to Indigenous peoples in Canada, have suffered cultural assimilation and violence from colonialism. “I think our performance…

A Canadian history of Black filmmaking – Three key artists

In celebration of Black History Month, the National Film Board is shining a spotlight on three crucial artists that brought Black stories and perspectives to the big screen in the 1970s and 1980s. Claire Prieto, Roger McTair, and Jennifer Hodge de Silva all made their mark on Canadian cinema as leading directorial figures, putting a…

Ebony Roots break ground in Yaletown

Promoting awareness and understanding of the history of Black communities in Vancouver is what inspires Brandon Thornhill. Ebony Roots (part two), with Thornhill as the show’s producer and vocalist, is a curated musical display of Black history in Vancouver. The concert, to be performed at the Yaletown Roundhouse Performance Centre on Feb. 9, takes attendees…

Confronting and shaping our experience with refugees

Refuge Canada, an exhibition at the Museum of Vancouver, details the experiences refugees have faced from deciding to leave their home country to settling in Canada. Denise Fong, curator of urban cultures at the Museum of Vancouver, says the exhibit is meant to help visitors connect with the individual stories and challenges of refugees –…

Yungchen Lhamo turns music into an offering

“We all love to be happy, we don’t want to be suffering,” says Tibetan singer Yunchen Lhamo. Lhamo showcases her values of healing and of joy with her upcoming spiritual-inspired performance. “I think, collectively, we can heal and we can send love to the world,” Lhamo says, about her upcoming shows. Lhamo has seen solid…

PuSh festival’s performances of caregiving

Vancouver’s PuSh Festival will showcase 17 works exploring connections between art festivals and social change from Jan. 18 to Feb. 4. Three works engage with caregiving – directed at loved ones, natural resources, and capitalist labour. LORENZO, a heartfelt portrayal of end-of-life care is at the Annex from Jan. 18 to Jan. 20 for its…