Believe it or not, summertime in Vancouver is just around the corner. That means it’s time to shed the parkas and venture outside to experience the diversity of our beautiful city.
If you’re looking for ideas on how to spend your Friday evenings or Saturdays and Sundays, the arts and recreation program staff at the Roundhouse have an idea. Come and explore Summer on the Turntable under the canopy at the Roundhouse.
This summer the Roundhouse Turntable Plaza will be abuzz with exciting family-friendly theatrical and dance performances, arts and crafts workshops, and recreational classes for all ages.
Connecting people to the Roundhouse through the outdoor space.
Marie Lopes, Programmer, Arts Culture & Environment, says the Roundhouse staff’s initiative to connect people to the Roundhouse through the outdoor space is an excellent way to bring all the magic and creation that occurs indoors to the outdoors.
“People are aware of what is happening within the community centre, but often forget that the turntable is a usable, public space.” She says, “We intend to encourage people to utilize the outdoor space as a spectator or participant in a variety of fun and engaging events.
The turntable as a social space reflects the diversity of the Roundhouse’s course offerings.
Lopes hopes the public will delight in spontaneously discovering a professional dance or theatre performance, participating in a Yoga or Tai Chi Chuan class, or creating in an interactive arts workshop, while out on a stroll through Yaletown.
Here are just a few of the events you can enjoy at Summer on the Turntable–a mix of free events and drop-in programs.
- Friday Nights Under the Canopy Join dance instructor Gustavo Ferman on Friday evenings (until July 19) from 6-8pm for a fun evening of Swing Dance. Please note that this event requires pre-registration and has a drop-in fee of $6. Ages 5 and up. Contact the Roundhouse front desk at 604.713.1800 for more information.
- Vancouver-based Radix Theatre will present Dear Stephen: A Letter Writing Booth in July. Free.
- Dancing and Drawing in the Air with Kira Schaffer, aerial dance in mid-August. Free.
Exciting drop-in activities include:
- Intermediate Tai Chi Chuan class with Swords and Sticks. $5/drop-in.
- Qi Gong. Free.
- Karma Yoga. $5/drop-in.
Stay tuned to the Summer on the Turntable event page for updates, details and added events.
The Roundhouse asks: So what are your plans this summer?
By Jacqueline Steuart, Roundhouse Blog Team. Jacqueline is a graduate of the Print Futures: Professional Writing program at Douglas College, New Westminster. She is pleased to write about the dynamic and diverse culture of the Roundhouse and to be able to share it with our readers.