21st Annual Chutzpah! Festival Lineup Announced

Ted Littlemore, Solo for Orpheus. Photo: Andi McLeish

The Chutzpah! Festival returns with an exciting and dynamic lineup of performances this November 4-24, 2021, presenting music, theatre, comedy, and dance that reflects the joy of coming back together. For over two decades the Chutzpah! Festival has been an eagerly anticipated and annual highlight of Greater Vancouver’s arts season. Artists will once again grace the stage of the Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre, our festival hub, and share their work in person and via digital streams. Single tickets start at $18 (plus applicable fees and service charges) and are available online on September 15 at www.chutzpahfestival.com or by phone at 604.257.5145.

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21st Annual Chutzpah! Festival Lineup Announced

BC Indigenous-Run Cultural Centres: Sharing Stories and Strengthening Community

Photo Source: Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC)

September 30 marks two very important Days for Indigenous peoples in Canada: Orange Shirt Day, which raises awareness about the history and ongoing legacy of residential schools, and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a new federal statutory holiday that invites reflection and the honouring of survivors of residential school.

A hopeful part of the Reconciliation process lies with the many Indigenous-run cultural centres that exist in British Columbia, including the Haida Heritage Centre at Kay Llnagaay on Haida Gwaii and the U’Mista Cultural Centre at Alert Bay.

At these centres, Indigenous people speak proudly for themselves, as opposed to being spoken for, as has happened and still continues to occur. For example, the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC) in nearby Whistler does incredible work in celebrating the heritage and stories of the Sk̲wx̲wú7mesh and L̓il̓wat7úl Nations and their connections to their shared territory. “We really reflect where our Nations have come from but also currently where we are,” says Alison Pascal, Curator at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre.

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BC Indigenous-Run Cultural Centres: Sharing Stories and Strengthening Community

Fall Harvest Market at Lulu Island Winery

Photo: Lulu Island Winery

Lulu Island Winery is back with another artisan market and this time it is Autumn harvest themed! Lulu Island Winery’s summer markets have been a huge success and we are all excited for their next one on September 25. This indoor market is from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. There will be live music, food trucks, and of course wine!

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Fall Harvest Market at Lulu Island Winery

Paddles Up! The Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival is Back and Better than Ever

With a reimagined and expanded program celebrating the community, its cultures, and the spirit of competition, Dragon Boat BC is officially announcing that the 2021 Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival will be held from September 18 to 26, which also marks the first time in two years that dragon boat races will hit Vancouver waters.

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Paddles Up! The Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival is Back and Better than Ever

Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) Announces 40th Edition Festival Lineup

Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) celebrates its 40th edition with a vibrant festival program that includes more than 110 feature films, 77 shorts, and 20 events. All films will be presented in-cinema, in strict compliance with provincial COVID-19 health and safety protocols, and select titles will be available for streaming across the province and Canada-wide on the festival’s online streaming platform, VIFF Connect.

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Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) Announces 40th Edition Festival Lineup

Light Up Chinatown! Announces Free Entertainment Line-Up for the Weekend, September 11 & 12

The Vancouver Chinatown Foundation and the Vancouver Chinatown Business Improvement Area Society (VCBIA) are gearing up to launch the inaugural Light Up Chinatown! celebration this weekend. The two-day event runs September 11 and 12, 2021 with a full slate of live performances, family-fun activities, exclusive food collaborations, and beautiful displays of lanterns and lights.

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Light Up Chinatown! Announces Free Entertainment Line-Up for the Weekend, September 11 & 12

The Fire Dragon Tradition Descends on Vancouver’s Chinatown

Photo: @firedragonfest / IG

From September 24 to 26, 2021, an ancient Chinese legend, the Fire Dragon, is paying Vancouver’s Chinatown a visit in conjunction with Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations. Presented by the City of Vancouver’s Chinatown Legacy Stewardship Group’s Culture and Heritage working group, in collaboration with the Vancouver Chinatown BIA Society (VCBIA), Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, the Chinese Cultural Centre and Chinatown Society Heritage Building Association (CSHBA), the inaugural Fire Dragon Festival and Noodlecious Festival welcome the entire community to join in on family fun activities, live performances, good eats, and of course to meet the Fire Dragon.

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The Fire Dragon Tradition Descends on Vancouver’s Chinatown