We went kite crazy at the Roundhouse, during the kite making activities facilitated by the BC Kitefliers Association (BCKA) as part of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival. Kite master Egan Davis was on hand as well as Cathy Jung (BCKA President), Dianne O’Brien (BCKA Workshop Coordinator), and many cheerful volunteers.
Did you know that the City of Vancouver has an official Bird Strategy? As part of the greenest city initiative, goal number six – access to nature – includes creating the conditions necessary to increase the diversity and well-being of our bird population. To this end, the Bird Strategy sets out five objectives: support habitat, reduce threats, enhance access, enhance awareness, and grow bird-related tourism. Since 2013, Vancouver has celebrated our feathered friends with an official week. Even prior to this, Mayor Gregor Robertson signed proclamations in 2011 and 2012 recognizing the United Nations’ World Migratory Bird Day.
Kite making is coming to the Roundhouse this April. In partnership with the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF), the Roundhouse will host a hands-on workshop in the art of kite making. Facilitated by award winning kite master, Egan Davis, this event is part of a kite series the VCBF has planned for this year.
Egan’s vision for the kite series began several years back. Pink cherry blossom petals drifting in the air reminded him of pink kites. He approached VCBF Executive Director Linda Poole with the idea of flying a thousand pink kites as part of the Cherry Blossom celebration.
“All winter we’re looking down, huddled under an umbrella. Kites make us look up to celebrate cherry blossoms and the beginning of spring.” – Linda Poole
“I think that experimental ideas and concepts, and interdisciplinary is what people are really excited these days and it’s not just one thing but many things. “
The voices of Indigenous peoples in contemporary culture are still stifled, as the traditions have historically been stripped away since the beginning of colonialization. Art has been used by Aboriginal people in order to heal from this assimilation, and to allow for a political assertion. However, it has primarily been male artists that have been credited with these important artistic ventures.
Societal awareness of the missing and murdered Indigenous women of Canada has recently increased. To me, this means the celebration of Indigenous women artists is not only key to reconciliation in Canada, but is crucial to eliminating violence through the celebration of Indigenous womanhood.
Contemporary dance and the Roundhouse community connected recently, during auditions for PuSh Festival’s 2015 production of Le Grand Continental®. For those who are unfamiliar with PuSh, it is a multi-disciplinary, international performance smorgasbord that celebrated its 10 year anniversary last winter. I look forward to it each year as a bright spot in the post-Christmas lull before the arrival of spring. The performances are smart, thought provoking, assumption challenging, sometimes very funny, sometimes very puzzling, and always well worth seeing.
Have you ever felt the inner need and desire to dance, to express yourself through movement, as YOU want, as you FEEL it? Have you ever stopped yourself even before trying? Imagine if one day you did not have such an opportunity for reasons out of your control. Would it stop you from wanting to move, to dance, to connect?..
You would have to be living under a soundproof rock to not know about Disney’s record-breaking, ubiquitous movie Frozen. If you live or work with small children, you’ve no doubt been serenaded with the soundtrack, or enjoyed having the entire story recounted to you. I count myself among the film’s many fans, albeit taller than most. So what is it about children’s movies that gets to us – and in many cases – sticks with us forever?
We can just come right out and say it: Beerlesque IV was a huge success! The night was everything it said it would be and more – more ladies, more beer and more fun than I could have ever expected.
It is a simple formula: take finely made beer in adorable mini pilsner glasses, combine with Vancouver’s best burlesque dancers, sprinkle in some drag and circus performances, and anchor with genre-defying carnival music. What you get is a successful fundraiser that intrigues most any Vancouverite.
What is your artistic medium?
Until recently I made 2 dimensional work using collage, painting, drawing etc. However in the last year or so I have started to make small installations, dioramas that tell a story or parts of a story. The birds and the dancers in the Roundhouse vitrine are the first time that I used an element that projected into space. Those dancers created a shift in my thinking about the kind of art I make.