October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To mark the occasion, Nuba is participating in the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation's Tickled Pink Dessert campaign. All Nuba locations will be offering up a special Spiced Pumpkin Cake, which is topped with a smoked caramel mousse and candied ginger, with partial proceeds going towards breast cancer research. Eat a delicious dessert while helping CBCF achieve its vision of creating a future without breast cancer? Yes, it is possible to have your cake and eat it too! www.cbcf.org
Celebrate the printed word at Word Vancouver! Since 1995, The Vancouver Book and Magazine Fair Society has been producing Word on the Street, one of Vancouver's most-loved literary festivals. This year, in the the lead up to the 19th annual festival, they have rebranded as Word Vancouver and the event will now span five days at venues all around Vancouver. From Wednesday, September 25 to Sunday, September 29 come have fun, celebrate literacy, and, as an added bonus, maybe even learn a thing or two. Visit www.wordvancouver.ca for the full schedule of events.
Avalon Recovery Society is a small non-profit dedicated to providing support, education and resources to women in recovery from addiction. They operate three drop-in centres – Vancouver, North Shore and White Rock – where we provide; peer led support meetings, child minding, life skills workshops, resource information, and the opportunity to connect with other women as they build healthy networks of support. Avalon is the only organization of its kind in Canada and does not receive any government funding. Runway for Recovery is a high tea and fashion show event scheduled for Sunday, October 27, at the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel. The event features local designers/stores along with a high tea, and silent auction. Proceeds from the event will benefit Avalon's Child Minding Program. The program is integral in assisting women through their recovery process. Many who attend support groups at their centres do not have the financial resources or family support to fulfill their child minding needs. Their childcare rooms are kid-friendly, interactive environments that enable the children to feel safe and comfortable during their time without their moms. Last year alone, over 1200 children took part in our program, while the centres experienced 30,000 visits from women. Event Details Sunday, October 27 12:30pm Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel - 1133 West Hastings Tickets are $75 and can be purchased by calling 604.263.7177 or emailing email@example.com
For more than 30 years, Arts Umbrella has been inspiring kids for life through the arts. On Saturday, October 19, Nuba will be supporting Arts Umbrella’s signature fundraising event, Splash. Featuring more than 100 artworks by artists from Vancouver and beyond on the auction block, Splash raises hundreds of thousands for Arts Umbrella each year and plays a key part in allowing them to continue the excellent work they do in the community. www.artsumbrella.com
Join us this fall for New Forms Festival. Running September 9 to 15, this always exciting electronic music festival will feature performances by Jeff Mills, Donald Buchla, Dopplerekket, The Passenger, Evy Jane, Calamalka, and many more. In addition to the performances, NFF features numerous visual arts shows and panel discussions to expand and enlighten your mind. Presented by New Forms Media Society, a non-profit media arts organization that nurtures and connects local and international arts, science and grassroots communities through this annual festival. By promoting Canadian Artists in collaboration with the international arts and technology world, the NFF facilitates multimodal art works and engages in discussion on their role in our cultural environment. Purchase tickets and detailed lineup information at 2013.newformsfestival.com
There are a lot of great organizations celebrating a quarter century of making Vancouver a better and more interesting place this month! Along with the Dancing on the Edge Festival, Out on Screen will be celebrating 25 years this July as well. What began in 1988 as a small film festival has evolved into a year-round multi-faceted queer arts organization with core programs that include the Vancouver Queer Film Festival and Out in Schools. Congratulations on 25 years of developing and supporting outstanding programs that advance queer communities through education and cultural expression.
The 25th annual edition of the Dancing on the Edge Festival begins on Thursday, July 4 and runs until Saturday, July 13. For 2013, the festival will be presenting dancers from across Canada at multiple venues like the Firehall Arts Centre, Portside Park, the Chinatown Night Market, and the Scotiabank Dance Centre. Highlights include Bamboozled, a Vaudeville-inspired exploration of the commodification of persona; Dusk Dances, a series of perfromances which will be taking place at sunset in Crab Park; and 25 Gestures for Dancing on the Edge, where, for 10 days, a series of 25-minute performances will take place at the Steam Clock in Gastown when it strikes noon. Don't miss this festival of contemporary dance which has consistently brought the world's brightest and edgiest talent to the streets and stages of Vancouver.
For full schedule and tickets, please visit www.dancingontheedge.org
Join us Saturday, June 15 for Hotel Takeover at the Burrard Hotel. Hotel Takeover is a celebration of skateboarding, music, arts, and culture. It features 3 floors and 24 rooms all transformed by artists as well as a custom built skate ramp that professional boarders will be competing on. With live performances by Humans, Aaron Read, and Koko as well as DJs my!gay!husband!, Cherchez La Femme, Genie, Mandy-Lyn, and Dale Evans. It starts at 6pm and goes till late. Don't miss it! RSVP on Facebook here
U R Building Knowledge is small non-profit that has supported the building of schools for the children of Myanmar by local villagers where none previously existed for the past decade. One hundred percent of the funds they raise go toward building schools, buying educational materials, as well as scholarships for children whose family cannot afford the cost. Building Knowledge is run entirely by volunteers who give their time, effort, travel, and accommodation costs as their contribution. So far they have built five schools and with your support they can continue their great work. Join them on June 6 for their third annual Summer Soiree at the Grande Hall in Van Dusen Gardens. Tickets available at www.urbuildingknowledge.wix.com
Nuba proudly supports Brief Encounters 19 that is happening May 9-11 at Performance Works. Brief Encounters is a multidisciplinary performance experiment designed to fuse disciplines and push artistic boundaries. For each installment the ten inspiring creators are matched in five unusual pairings. Two weeks prior to the show dates the artists meet with their partner and begin working. From this point on, the only criteria is that the piece be a new collaborative effort. These performances are complemented with a live visual artist creating a new piece each night as well as the storytelling and hosting stylings of Riel Hahn. This instalment with feature Carolyn Chan (Butoh Dancer), France Perras (Actress), Thomas Anfield (Painter), Eileen Kage (Taiko Drummer), Tariq Hussain (Songwriter), David Bloom (Playwright), Nita Bowerman (Performance Artist), Wes Borg (Comedian), Danielle Lemon (Entertainment Lawyer), and Sammy Chien / Chimerik (Media Artist). Live art courtesy of Ehren Salazar. Find out more information and purchase tickets at www.briefencounters.ca