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Artists in the Atrium Opening Ceremony in Vancouver

August 1, 2013 Leave a comment

Artists in the Atrium (AITA) takes place from August to October 2013 at the Woodward’s Atrium at Hastings and Abbott. AITA will promote and support the arts and culture of the Downtown Eastside through performance showcases, an art market and a series of workshops.

Opening Ceremonies were at 11am, Aug 1 at the Woodwards Atrium. Elder, Margaret George, Tsleil-Waututh First Nation, Elder, Larry Grant, Musqueam Nation and Chief Ian Campbell, Squamish Nation will open the event followed by Chief Ian Campbell and the Squamish Nation Dance Group at 12:30pm.

Highlights included the Warrior Dance with Chef Ian Campbell, Terry Hunter, Randy Tait and Murray Porter. Stunning Silver Jewelry by Marilyn McKee sparkled on our hands and fingers. Delicious Fry Bread Bannock provided by wonderful caterer Rosemary Georgeson

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Aboriginal Art meeting in the DTES with Hendrik Beune, Scott Clark, David Morrison and Matthew James

July 30, 2013 Leave a comment

Hendrik Beune of AHA MEDIA speaks with West Coast First Nations Artists David Morrison and Matthew James together with Scott Clark of ALIVE and Our Place in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

David and Matthew are to be a part of the upcoming Aboriginal Artists in the Atrium with Vancouver Moving Theatre and to attend workshops with Lou-Ann Neel of CACV

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AHA MEDIA is very proud to help provide social media coverage of the 9th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival 2012 in Vancouver

October 20, 2012 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA is very proud to help provide social media coverage of the 8th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival in Vancouver from pre-festival events starting Mon Oct 15, 2012 through to the Main Festival during Wed Oct 24 – Sun Nov 4, 2012.

See AHA MEDIA’s coverage of last year’s Heart of the City Festival 2011 in reverse chronological order.

Below is Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA holding the Brand New Heart of the City Festival 2012 Festival Program guide

The 9th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival

Wednesday 24 October to Sunday 4 November, 2012

Over 120 events at over 25 venues throughout the Downtown Eastside

Welcome to the 2012 Heart of the City Festival

The Downtown Eastside is our home, a home we share with thousands of other diverse people who deeply love this community. The poet Muriel Marjorie (Williams), who graces the cover of this year’s program guide, shouts it out so eloquently: “I love the Downtown Eastside because of its beauty and its strength, its refusal to SHUT UP and its insistence upon justice.”

This line of fiery poetry exemplifies the theme of this year’s festival: Voices from the Heart.

Here you will hear voices that inform, raise awareness and educate about the stories, concerns, values, heritage, art forms, community plans and exciting art generated in Vancouver’s founding community.

Voices that speak to the wisdom and power of our community and the challenges it faces. And voices that celebrate the neighbourhood’s indigenous stories so that old and new community members can draw strength from the community’s heritage, feel pride in its residents and values and understand its roots.

Thank you to our community partners and all those in the community who have helped realize this year’s event, our ninth annual festival. Thank you to our festival team who have worked with such dedication to produce, promote and present the many events throughout our neighbourhood at this year’s festival. And a special heartfelt thank you to Teresa Vandertuin (Associate Artistic Producer) for the passion, commitment, care, thoroughness and sense of humour she pours into the festival.

See you at the Festival everyone! Enjoy!

Terry Hunter
Executive Director, Vancouver Moving Theatre
Artistic Producer, DTES Heart of the City Festival

Savannah Walling
Artistic Director, Vancouver Moving Theatre
Associate Artistic Director, DTES Heart of the City Festival

Visit the Heart of the City Festival website

http://www.heartofthecityfestival.com

On page 13 of the Festival Program guide, there is a writeup on AHA MEDIA

The Festival is thrilled to partner with the DTES’s AHA Media to provide social media coverage (video/photos/blog) of the Heart of the City Festival. AHA Media gives voice to our local community and provides services for individuals and organizations to share their news and special events on a broader scale through social media. Founded in 2008 by local artists April Smith, Hendrik Beune, and Al Tkatch, AHA Media previously collaborated with Fearless City Media and has an ongoing working relationship with W2Community Media Arts and various other organizations and individuals in the DTES community. The members of AHA Media describe themselves as “definitely not mainstream media”. Based in Vancouver’s DTES, their style is described as non-invasive and unassuming.

Say Hello to AHA Media as they visit the Festival events. They will be happy to chat with you. Stay connected to the festival with AHA’s links – see photos/videos of the festival events you attended; take in a festival event you missed; or follow one festival event while you are attending another!

Follow AHA MEDIA on Twitter, Facebook,  Youtube and Flickr!

AHA MEDIA Twitter   @AHAMEDIA  @AprilFilms 

AHA MEDIA Facebook http://www.facebook.com/AHAMEDIA

AHA Media YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/AHAFilm

AHA Media Flickr Photos http://www.flickr.com/photos/AHAMEDIA/sets

Heart of the City Festival 2012 

The complete 2012 Festival Program is now available! Go the “Festival Schedule” in the menu above. Check back here at the website for our interactive guide.

Click here for a list of locations throughout the city where you can pick up a guide.

Click here to download a PDF of the festival guide. (It’s large, so it will take a few minutes.)

To be notified of changes and updates, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

And make sure you check out our Festival Picks, a list of some of the anticipated highlights of this year’s festival.

Storyweaving – Weaving First Nation Memories from Past into the Future in Vancouver

May 16, 2012 Leave a comment
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Sliding scale $0-$20 / Pay at the door only / Limited Seating / First Come First Serve

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Twining together stories, poems and personal memories

With oral histories woven from cultural teachings,

West Coast dances and the ancient bone game of Slahal.

 

A cast of aboriginal artists, elders, dancers and Downtown Eastside community members help an old man- The Old One – open up to his life’s journey, his regrets and hopes, through the teachings of the medicine wheel. His journey home gives voice to experiences of the urban aboriginal community, to voices not heard, to lives left behind. Over the course of the Old One’s journey, ancestral memories emerge of the history of the Coast Salish area shared by many peoples.  Songs, dances and stories are shared about traditional roles, protocols and ways of seeing and doing.

 

We hear echoes of the salmon fishing industry’s decline, of families broken up by the residential school system and family members who have disappeared. And we hear stories of resilience:  Aboriginal men and women who arrived in Vancouver looking for work; the founding of the Coqualeetza Fellowship and Aboriginal Friendship Centre; and what it means to be Aboriginal today, meeting the challenges of walking in the world of the ancestors and the world of today.

 

Storyweaving is about giving voice to those that have lived within and around the Canadian legislation of the Indian Act.  And so many of us moved to the city of Vancouver and found a home here.  Our social justice and educational efforts from the 1950’s through to today continue to reflect our passion for life, love, and harmony. Storyweaving is about our hopes for a good future, guided by the principles of our cultural past.                                                                                                                                Renae Morriseau

 

Featuring, among others: Bob Baker, Sam Bob, Jenifer Brousseau, Nick Dangeli, Mike and Mique’l Dangeli, Craig Edes, Wes Nahanee, Woody Morrison, Quelemia Sparrow, Susan Tatoosh, Marge C. White, Loni Williams, Spakwus Slulum Dancers, Git Hayetsk Dancers, and Downtown Eastside performers Sue Blue, Brenda Prince, Steven Lytton, Priscillia Tait, Muriel “X” Williams.

 

Terry Hunter (Producer), Carrie Campbell (Production Manager), Jeff Harrison (Lighting), Liisa Hannus (Stage Manager), Raeanne Elkins (Assistant Stage Manager), Cowboy Smithx (videographer).

 

Written by Renae Morriseau (Director) with Rosemary Georgeson and Savannah Walling with contributions by Downtown Eastside urban Aboriginal artists  and from the 2003 Downtown Eastside Community Play (Renae Morriseau, James Fagan Tait, Savannah Walling & Adrienne Wong).

 

Storyweaving has been made possible with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, Government of BC through Gaming,

City of Vancouver Cultural Services, City of Vancouver Great Beginnings Program, BCGEU, TELUS Community Board and media sponsor Georgia Straight.

Thanks also to our community partner Indian Residential School Survivors Society.

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The Carnegie Street Band in the Chinese New Year Parade 2012 as part of the DTES Artist in the Street program

January 29, 2012 Leave a comment

The Carnegie Street Band provided lively music during the Chinese New Year Parade 2012 as part of the DTES Artist in the Street program produced by Vancouver Moving Theatre and DTES Heart of the City Festival with the Community Arts Council of Vancouver (CACV)

Mary Bennett of CACV writes:

The Carnegie Street Band provided the fuel that kept the CACV Eco Arts Umbrella Dragon moving along the 1.2 km route of the parade.  Not just moving: hopping; dancing; swerving and entertaining kids and adults alike!

Thanks, Brad, Philip, Robin and many more!  You were all fabulous!

 

 

 

 

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