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Encounter Comes To The York Theatre October 17 – 22, 2017

10 Oct

EncounterChristopherJosephThe best in physical theatre comes to the Cultch in conjunction with Diwali. Encounter is a story about an Indigenous woman, Dopdi, and her communities’ struggle to uphold the Indigenous life and her defiance against injustice. Created for the stage by Aparna Sindhoor, S M Raju, and Anil Natyaveda, Encounter is a tribute to the Indigenous people’s history. It is a passionate story of female power that delves into the struggles and challenges of the indigenous communities of India. Aparna Sindhoor, co-writer of Encounter says “The word ‘Encounter’ has a specific meaning in the Indian (South Asian) context. It is a euphemism for the state orchestrated ‘chance meetings,’ to get rid of (kill, or torture and kill) the so-called enemies of the state.” The performance features acrobatics and original music which pays tribute to Indigenous peoples’ history from around the world. The show runs October 17 – 22, 2017 at the York Theatre. Tickets are available at The Cultch.

What people are saying about Encounter:

“Dazzling staging combined with rich, sincere meaning is a potent form of political theater”
– Los Angeles Theater Review, Los Angeles –

Photo Credit: Christopher Joseph

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Diwali Fest Events Happening In East Vancouver

1 Nov

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Diwali Fest is now on being celebrated in the Lower Mainland until November 8th.  Diwali Fest is an annual South Asian arts and culture festival which celebrates the universal light that exists in everyone.  The word ‘diwali’ means “row of lighted lamps” and light symbolizes the triumph of good over evil, prosperity over poverty and knowledge over ignorance.  It’s a time for lighting ‘diyas’, laying out colour ‘rangolis’, setting off fireworks, exchanging gifts of sweets and celebrating by way of dance, music and storytelling. Diwali Fest is now celebrating it’s 10th anniversary. As such, there are a number of events around the Lower Mainland. We have set out some of the workshops in East Vancouver over the coming days.  These workshops are extremely popular and feature professional artists and facilitators leading workshops in rangoli design, diya lamp painting, Bollywood dancing, and mehndi hand painting. A nominal fee may be charged. Contact each community centre directly to register or for further information:

Diwali Workshops

Sat. November 2nd: 10:30 am -12:30 pm
Renfrew Park Community Centre
2929 East 22nd Avenue, Vancouver

Sun. November 3rd: 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Trout Lake Community Centre
3360 Victoria Drive, Vancouver

Mon. November 4th: 12:00 pm – 3 pm
South Vancouver Neighbourhood House
6470 Victoria Drive, Vancouver

Fri., November 8th: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Thunderbird Community Centre
2311 Cassaiar Street, Vancouver

Come light your spirit at Diwali Fest.

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Photo Credit: William George

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