Celebrate Día De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at the Museum of Anthropology

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The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) is well worth the trip out to Point Grey near UBC for its extensive collection of First Nations artifacts and aristry along with the stunning setting perched above the Pacific Ocean. Next week, they will also be hosting a party to celebrate the dead!

Similar to some of Vancouver’s other top attractions who have begun to offer extremely successful night-time events (e.g. FUSE, After Hours at the Aquarium, etc…), MOA now doesn’t shut down after dark. On the first Thursday of every month, the museum hosts monthly cabaret parties with an unexpected mix of comedy, music, dance and experimental theatre by some of the most interesting artists from Vancouver and beyond.

Next week, MOA invites you to an immersive evening of music, interactive theatre, live painting, and altar-making for this year’s Day of the Dead (Día De Los Muertos) on Thursday, November 2 from 6pm-11pm. 

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Celebrate Día De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at the Museum of Anthropology

Meteor-gazing at the Museum of Anthropology

Here come the meteors!

On Aug. 12, the Perseid meteor shower will be at its peak. To coincide with the celestial event, the Museum of Anthropology (6393 NW Marine Dr.) is inviting more than 1000 people to watch the stars during its Blackout: Night Sky Festival.

A new festival of arts and astronomy, Blackout features indigenous storytelling, an immersive art installation and interpretive stargazing set to a soundtrack of live and electronic music.

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Meteor-gazing at the Museum of Anthropology

Vancouver Art Gallery unveils new public art installation by acclaimed First Nations artist

A new public art installation by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun on the future site of the Vancouver Art Gallery officially launches this Thursday.

A new public art installation by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun on the future site of the Vancouver Art Gallery officially launches this Thursday.

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun is an acclaimed Coast Salish/Okanagan artist known for work that brings a political perspective to First Nations iconography.

On Thursday, the Vancouver Art Gallery will unveil a new public art installation by Yuxweluptun on the future site of the gallery. Ovoid, by Yuxweluptun, officially launches Sept 22, at Larwill Park, on the corner of West Georgia and Cambie streets.

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Date Idea: A Visit to the Museum of Anthropology

Flickr: Colin Knowles

Flickr: Colin Knowles

My boyfriend “S” has lived nearly two years in Vancouver and, up until this week, had never been to the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at the University of British Columbia (UBC). I say this with some surprise because the MOA (6393 N.W. Marine Drive) is one of my favourite museums (and places) in the city. I go at least once a year to check out one of their temporary exhibits, but also just to visit an old friend who reminds me why I love the west coast so much.

And because I also love S, I wanted to share the MOA with him. Plus, our dates have been getting a tad humdrum (ie lounging on the couch) so I wanted to do something different for a change.

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Date Idea: A Visit to the Museum of Anthropology

Watch traditional and contemporary First Nations dance in Vancouver

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Each year, internationally renowned artists from throughout British Columbia, Alaska, Yukon, and Washington come to Vancouver for the Coastal First Nations Dance Festival (March 3-8). The festival is a chance to enjoy both traditional and contemporary First Nations dance in an amazing setting – the Great Hall at the Museum of Anthropology.

This year’s lineup is as colourful and dynamic as ever, and includes a pair of sisters from Arizona, a hoop dancer from Calgary, and many more.

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Watch traditional and contemporary First Nations dance in Vancouver

Exploration of Nairobi portrait culture opens today

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A first-of-its-kind exhibition reveals the transformation of Kenya’s urban culture through portrait photography.

Opening tonight (Nov. 25) at the Museum of Anthropology, Piga Picha! 100 Years of Studio Photography in Nairobi includes more than 180 photographs. Many of the images are carefully staged portraits, although some were taken quickly on the streets of Nairobi.

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Exploration of Nairobi portrait culture opens today

Taiwanese Puppet Festival comes to Vancouver

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Taiwan Festival 2005, “Beauty of Taiwanese Puppet Theatre”, Brent Cross Shopping Centre.

Thrilling hand-to-hand combat – between puppets? That’s one thing to expect at the Ouxi Taiwanese Puppetry Festival, which comes to the Museum of Anthropology (6393 NW Marine Drive) Nov. 4-9.  The festival features two visiting puppetry groups, including Chin Fei Feng Marionette Theatre Troupe and the Taiyuan Puppet Theatre, in performances that will bring the excitement of traditional Taiwanese puppetry to audiences of all ages.

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