may, 2017

13may11:00 am4:00 pmROUNDHOUSE 20TH ANNIVERSARY

Event Details

Celebrate 20 years of arts, recreation and community at the Roundhouse 20th Anniversary! Join us for family activities, performances, drop-in arts, dance and fitness drop-in classes, and so much more. Presented by the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Society       

Dates, Info

DATE: Sat May 13, 11am-4pm
LOCATION: Throughout the Roundhouse
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Schedule of Activities

FAMILY ZONE IN THE GYM (11am-12pm, 1-4pm)
Madam Beespeaker – Using paint, pencils, and transfer paper, participants will explore the shapes and colours of Vancouver’s bees and the flowers that feed them.
Iris Film Collective – A camera less filmmaking workshop to celebrate the Roundhouse’s 20th Anniversary
Cosmic Collage – a collage in shiny, colourful vinyl all along our gym wall
Yarn Around – our Roundhouse yarn/performance residency, put your personal touch on our community art project
Family Play Gym – fun for the whole family!

ROUNDHOUSE FOYER (11am-12pm, 1-4pm)
Jazz in the Mews – Join our talented weekend music series musicians for a mini concert in the Foyer!
Tricoter –  re-creates the spirit of a knitting circle . The dance winds and unwinds through and around the public who are arranged in the round.

ROOM B (11am-12pm, 1-4pm)
Free Fitness and Dance Drop-in Sessions with some of our longtime instructors
Tai Chi Chuan with Laurens
Cardio Core with Edouardo
Line Dancing with Phillis
Yoga with Kathryn
Karate with Hamid

DANCE STUDIO (11am-12pm, 1-4pm)
Free Fitness and Dance Drop-in Sessions with some of our longtime instructors
Yoga with Lori
Groovazon with Gustavo
Sweat House with Valentina
Ballroom Dance with Barney
Zumba with Luglio

Public performances by longstanding arts partners and artist in residence projects
Opening speeches from the Mayor’s office, the Park Board Commissioners, and the Roundhouse Society
Talking Stick Festival
Roundhouse Community Dancers
Bluebird North’s Shari Ulrich
Kokoro Dance
Pride in Art
Roundhouse Youth Theatre Action Group
All Bodies Dance
Back Pocket Song Project

Free Celebratory Cake! (while supplies last) (12:30pm)
Pottery & Woodworking Demonstrations
Pottery Sale
Woodworking Display
Secret Lantern Workshop
Documentation Team Photography Exhibition

GREAT HALL (11am-12pm, 1-4pm)
Bird Week Exhibition – the final day of the very popular Bird Week Exhibition – Vote for the City Bird!
Roundhouse Board Info Booth – chat with Board members about what they do, how to join our Board
Roundhouse Seat Fundraiser – help us raise money for our soon to be installed new seats!
Program Retrospective Exhibition – a fun display of our program guides…there’ve been a few
Roundhouse Archives display – photos, posters, postcards and more from the last 20 years

MEZZANINE (11am-12pm, 1-4pm)
Roundhouse Heritage Gallery – We’ll showcasing our new stairs with its fun design to draw people up to our history exhibit on the second floor of the Roundhouse. Just head towards the turquoise blue.

Feel free to check out the Performance Centre, watch the video series at your leisure, chat with our staff – just generally be nosy!
The Roundhouse Video Stories Series on the big screen –  a fascinating look at the Roundhouse and Yaletown’s history
Help us raise money for our new seats! Chat to a Board member to see how you can help our PC become more comfortable for your tush!

ENGINE 374 (11am-4pm)
Always a hit with families (ring the bell!), train buffs, and anyone who happens to stroll by and wonder about that GIANT locomotive sitting at the corner of Davie & Pacific. Knowledgeable West Coast Railway Association volunteers in the Engine 374 Pavilion eagerly await your questions about the first locomotive to pull a trans-continental passenger train across Canada in 1887.

20 Years Ago

In 1997, the world population was closing in on six billion people, Dolly the cloned sheep was born in Scotland, and Titanic stormed onto the silver screen. In Vancouver, post-industrial and post-Expo Yaletown was taking shape as a neighbourhood. The Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre quietly opened its doors to the public on May 3. We offered 45 arts and recreation courses and workshops; today there are over 200 per season.

In that first year, eight arts partners presented projects in our newly minted performance centre and exhibition hall; in 2016, sixty arts and cultural groups of all kinds presented performances and events ranging from emerging community dance performances to renowned events including Talking Stick, PuSh Festival and the Canadian Improv Games.

In 1997, the Roundhouse hosted its first community-engaged artist in residence project that saw professional artists collaborate with community members to create and present art, dance and theatre; today the Roundhouse is one of Vancouver’s acknowledged leaders in community-engaged arts practice.

It’s been a wonderful 20 years growing and changing with the neighbourhood and the city of Vancouver and we hope you will celebrate with us.


(Saturday) 11:00 am - 4:00 pm


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