Friends in Vancouver

SANKASET – Practices of Diversity & Pluralism
On March 26, 2013 I was joined by Margaret Grenier – dance artist and Joel Klein – arts manager to discuss the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Neighbourhood Arts Network‘s “Arts & Equity: A Toolkit for Community Engagement” from Pluralism in the Arts in Canada: A Change is Gonna Come Complied and Edited by charles c smith. Published by Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and shared here throught their Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported license.

March 9 – 12, 2013 |

The Gathering is a conference focusing on marketing and networking strategies to help marginalized performing artists improve their abilities in developing touring opportunities for their creative work. We invite all interested artists, administrators, presenters, scholars, funders, and patrons of the arts to gather with us at the Scotiabank Dance Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia from March 9th to the 12th, 2013 to see diverse performances, talk about them, and use these experiences to enhance our abilities to encourage broader audiences to come to enjoy our artistry. While the focus of The Gathering will be on performances by culturally diverse and Aboriginal dance artists, the marketing and networking strategies we will be developing will be of interest to all marginalized performing artists.

The Gathering is presented by the Vancouver International Dance Festival and Kokoro Dance in association with The Dance Centre, and with the funding support of the Equity Office of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Vancouver Foundation.

The Gathering will offer opportunities to see both formal and informal performances by artists that either are performing at the current VIDF or who have performed in previous festivals. These include Kokoro Dance, Muriva Dance, Kitt Johnson – X-ACT, Anusha Fernando, Byron Chief Moon, battery opera, and Black Grace. Tickets to formal presentations at the Roundhouse and Vancouver Playhouse will be available to The Gathering delegates at a 50% discount upon registration. We are also hosting two dance parties for delegates to get loose, dance, and become acquainted with one another socially.

Keynote speakers are Charles C. Smith, Program Lead of Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO) and Lecturer, Cultural Pluralism and the Arts/University of Toronto Scarborough; Jane Cox, founding principal and the Managing Director of Cause+Affect, a visionary and catalyst, with over 12 years’ experience in consulting and design in Canada and the UK across a wide variety of sectors including real estate development, fashion and consumer products, and cultural events and infrastructure; Neil Ieremia, Black Grace founder and Artistic Director, who is in the vanguard of New Zealand’s most accomplished choreographers; and Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi, founding directors of Kokoro Dance and the Vancouver International Dance Festival.

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