September 28, 2020

Vancouver Biennale Celebrates BC Culture Days

The Biennale has several events for people to take part in.

During a year that has been unlike any other, we’ve been inspired to see how artists, festivals, arts organizations, and cultural institutions are continually adapting. Here in Vancouver and around the world, we’ve found new ways to continue creating and connecting (safely) together. We are taking part in Culture Days 2020 this month, the nation-wide celebration of Canadian arts and culture indoors, outdoors, and online. Visit their website to find dozens of local experiences you can explore in person or online from September 25 – October 25th!

Ride Through Time
We’ve designed this self-guided bicycle ride (it’s walkable, too) to take you through the transformation of Vancouver’s waterfront as it developed from the 1860s to present day. Check out the three museums at Vanier Park and learn about the 12,000 years of history of Sen̓áḵw.

This is not the Vancouver you see on your way to work. We guarantee you will discover something new about our city along this beautiful and eye-opening route!This route is 1 of 12 which were created for the 2020 BIKEnnale/WALKennale and is available for free for Culture Days only.Learn more and download your route here.

NEED by Kambiz Sharif
Corner of Melville Street & Jervis Street Vancouver, BC

For artist Kambiz Sharif, NEED is a summation of his experience as a new immigrant from Iran, a life based on re-imagining oneself in a new place. The idea for the sculpture came to Sharif during his first year in Canada in 2009. Despite its apparent abstraction, this shape carries deep personal meaning. It reaches upwards with an expression of need and gratitude and the potential of reciprocity, like three outstretched fingers or a seedling pushing upwards. Its core contains the untold desires held by all new immigrants and the continuous re-imagining of one’s home in this new place. NEED marks a junction where the converging streets lead the flow of traffic to vastly different neighbourhoods of the city. During your visit, think about the following questions and share your reflections with us on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #VanBiennale:

What is your experience of displacement or rooted-ness?
What shape does it take?
Where do your roads cross? Curious to come see it yourself? Learn more here.

THIS BEAUTIFUL DAY Returns to Squamish
Future community of SEA and SKY

Corner of Laurelwood Road & Channel Road Squamish, BC

“This beautiful day” (Halth Skwile Te-staas) is an important acknowledgement expressed at the beginning of Squamish First Nations public gatherings. Inspired by the oral traditions and nature’s bountifulness, artist Kristin McIver created this 26-food-long solar powered neon as part of her Vancouver Biennale Artist Residency with us in 2015. It bridges divides amongst languages, cultures, and physical landscapes. THIS BEAUTIFUL DAY was exhibited as part of the Vancouver Biennale on Loggers Lane until April this year and became a public favourite. It will now return to Squamish at a new location in time for BC Culture Days! Click to learn more.

images: DailyHive, Thereandbackagain

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