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22nd Annual Stone Soup Festival Saturday May 13th at Britannia Community Centre

10 May

StoneSoupFestivalBritannia Community Centre, 1661 Napier Street, is hosting the 22nd Annual Stone Soup Festival on Saturday, May 13th.  This annual event is a celebration of food, art, environment and community. You can expect to find a food market, local artists, community groups, talks and workshops, live music, tea leaf reading, children’s activities, free soup and much more. The Stone Soup Festival aims to bring awareness to the issues of food security, the benefits of sharing resources and eating ‘local’ and celebrating the diversity of food in our neighbourhood, the environment and its importance to the culture of our community.  Some of the highlights from this year’s festival include:    

 

             Wild Salmon Caravan Art Build with Artist Nadine Pluzak
Location: West Zone 12:00 – 5:00 pm

Katari Performance
Location West Zone 1:00 pm

V’ni Dansi-Metis Dance & History. Come Learn The Red River Jig
Location: Gym D 2:00 pm

Pasta Jewellery Making Workshop with Paula Luther
Location: Britannia Courtyard 12:00 – 5:00 pm

Britannia Box of Light with Kelty Jean McKerracher & Ronnie Dean Harris
Location: Britannia Site: 12:00 – 5:00 pm

There will be live music on the Commercial Drive Stage starting at Noon with the Carnival Band kicking things off, then at 1:00 pm Backspin takes the stage followed by the Tim Sars Duo at 2:00 pm. After that The Vancouver Fiddle Club keep things moving about 3:00 pm which are followed by Rio Samaya at 4:00 p.m. The Stone Soup Festival kicks off at Noon and runs till 5:00 pm. This is a family friendly event with lots of activities for the kids including face painting, storytelling and a kids activity area.  For more information, contact the Britannia Community Centre at T: 604.718.5800.

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In Anticipation Of The Parade of Lost Souls Coming October 31st

16 Oct

DayoftheDeadDollsThe Parade of Lost Souls is coming on October 31st. This is a community-driven parade inspired by Dia de Muertos (The Day of the Dead). This is ultimately one of our favourite events in East Van. The parade has travelled around various parts of East Vancouver featuring performance art, interactive art installations and YOU lost souls. The Britannia Community Centre is a big part of the creative process for this event and is featuring some great workshops leading up to the big event.  We have set a few of the upcoming workshops below, but we invite you to check out Britannia Community Centre’s website which has a full listing of workshops leading up to the parade and how you can participate.  Whether you play an instrument and want to participate in the Carnival Band or make costumes/masks or be part of a Thriller Flashmob, there are lots of options to be part of the Parade of Lost Souls.

Thriller Flashmob – October 17, 20, 24 & 27

Back again by popular a Thriller Flashmob workshop will be hosted by Kat Single-Dain. You will learn the original choreography of Michael Jackson’s record breaking hit Thriller. You are asked to come to at least two of these rehearsals times set out below, but if you can make it to all of them, even better.  This workshop is by donation minimum $5-10 suggested.

Saturday October 17 & 24, 12-2pm, Cafeteria, Britannia Community Centre
Tuesday October 20 & 27, 7-9pm, Auditorium, Britannia Community Centre

The Ghost Caravan – Kids Theatre Show – October 18 & 25

You are invited to “imagine two ghostly figures riding two white bicycles. Behind them, like a horse drawn carriage is a magnificent portable theatre. Costumed characters emerge, played by local children and the lucky passersby are treated to short magical, musical stories and vignettes!”   On October 25th, Chris Ross, writer and director with Project Limelight, will lead a theatre workshop which will work towards a group performance at the Parade of Lost Souls.

Sunday October 18 & 25, 2-4pm, Cafeteria, Britannia Community Centre

Parade of Lost Souls – Carnival Band – October 19 & 26

You are invited to join the Carnival Band for one big night during the Parade of Lost Souls. You are asked to dust off that flute from Grade 9 or come and learn the tuba. Why not?  If you are musically inclined, come on out and practice with the Carnival Band and be part of the big night.   Drop in rehearsals will be happing on:

Monday October 19 & 26, 7-9pm, AML, Britannia Community Centre

The Sounders Costume Making – October 22 & 29

Nayana Filekov will be hosting a costume & mask making and performance workshop on October 22nd and 29th. The Sounders are other worldly masked creatures that create beautiful music together. This workshop is equal parts visual art and sound.  This is a two part workshop in which participants will make wonderful take home masks made out of paper-mache. If you wish, you will also have the opportunity to participate in a group performance at this year’s Parade of Lost Souls.  There is a suggestion donation of $5-10 for this workshop and pre-registration is encouraged for this workshop. Contact the Britannia Community Centre directly to register.

Thursday October 22 & 29, 7-9pm, Cafeteria, Britannia Community Centre

Again, these are just a few of the workshops taking place over the next couple of weeks prior to the big parade on October 31st. A full listing of workshops can be found at Britannia Community Centre. Whether you participate or just come and watch, we encourage you to check out this fun community driven event.

20th Annual Stone Soup Festival At Britannia Community Centre May 9

16 Apr

StoneSoupFestivalBritannia Community Centre, 1661 Napier Street, is hosting the 20th Anniversary of the Stone Soup Festival on Saturday, May 9th. This annual event is a celebration of food, art, environment and community. You can expect to find a food market, local artists, community groups, talks and workshops, live music, tea leaf reading, children’s activities, free soup and much more. The Stone Soup Festival aims to bring awareness to the issues of food security, the benefits of sharing resources and eating ‘local’ and celebrating the diversity of food in our neighbourhood, the environment and its importance to the culture of our community.

Some of the highlights from this year’s festival include:

The Food Connection: Spice Blending Demonstration/Workshop
12:00 pm
Family Activity Room

Hives For Humanity: A Bee Behavior Workshop
2:00 pm
Family Activity Room

Re-indigenizing The Land & Food System: Talk by Dawn Morrison, Secwepemc First Nation
3:30 pm
Britannia Library

There will be live music on the Commercial Drive Stage starting at Noon with the Carnival Band kicking things off, then at 1:00 pm Backspin takes the stage followed by the Tim Sars Duo at 2:00 pm. After that Russell Shumsky and Bud Kurz keep things moving about 3:00 pm and they are followed by Rio Samaya at 4:00 p.m. The Stone Soup Festival kicks off at Noon and runs till 5:00 pm. This is a family friendly event with lots of activities for the kids including face painting, storytelling and a kids activity area.  For more information, contact the Britannia Community Centre at T: 604.718.5800.

Flash Mob Sketching Party In Grandview Park on June 14th

2 Jun

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Britannia Community Centre invites you to a Flash Mob Sketching Party on June 14th in Grandview Park.  The event is part of the city-wide annual Vancouver Draw Down 2014 and is called Flash Mob Sketchers.  For those wishing to participate, you can expect to be involved in a series of short drawing sessions led by guest artist, James Melcher, and musical accompaniment by the Carnival Band. In case you aren’t familiar with the Carnival Band, it is an East Vancouver brass and drum explosion of community spirited musicians that have a love for calypso, samba, jazz and funk. There will also be other local artists on hand to help transform the walkway at Grandview Park into a long winding “canvas”.  If you wish to participate, you are encouraged to bring easels, paper and pencils to sketch the local environment.   This is an all ages event and no experience is necessary. This is also a free event with no registration required. Just show up and sketch what you see. The Flash Mob Sketching Party gets under way at 1:00 p.m. and goes until 2:00 pm in Grandview Park on Commercial Drive (between William and Charles Streets).  Come out and draw!

 

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