May 30, 2019


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The Gathering Festival, in partnership with Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture and All Bodies Dance, is presenting a week of special events in celebration of BC Access Awareness.

BC Access Awareness, celebrated annually on the first Saturday in June, is a campaign that raises awareness about disability, accessibility, and inclusion.

Access Awareness Day is ultimately about more than just one day a year. It is a call to respond creatively and purposefully to build a society where barriers to inclusion are removed, and to ensure the independence, self-esteem, dignity, and security of all citizens.

Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture kindly provided us with a list of events that will be happening over the next week in Vancouver, and we encourage you to join in on the fun!

BC Access Awareness 2019

BC Access Awareness Group Art Exhibition
Wed May 29 – Mon June 3, 2pm – 6pm.
Curated by Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture.
Held at The Gathering Place Community Centre, 609 Helmcken Street, Vancouver

ACCESS: Short Films
Thursday May 30, 7:30PM.
A presentation of short films by or about people who grapple with barriers in their day to day lives. Q&A, with ASL interpretation. 
Presented in partnership with Cineworks, hosted by VIFF Vancity Theatre. 1181 Seymour Street. ASL Interpretation.

Ability Cabaret
May 31, Friday, 5pm-7pm.
Performances by David Granirer, Dave Symington & Jim Myer, and Rachael Ransom.
Register at the Gathering Place reception desk to guarantee entrance!
The Gathering Place Community Centre, 609 Helmcken Street.
ASL Interpretation.

Dialogue on Accessibility
June 1, Saturday, 2pm-4pm.
Join in the community discussion on Accessibility in Vancouver. With guests Hon. Shane Simpson, Sam Sullivan, Laura Mackenrot, Tim Ames.
Gathering Place Community Centre, 609 Helmcken Street. ASL Interpretation.

Magic & Remembering: Dances for stage and screen
June 1 – 3 (Sat, Sun & Mon June 1, 2, & 3, 8pm; Mon June 3, 1:30pm).
$10-$25 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds. 
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie (at Granville)

Picture ‘Perfect’: Blind Ambitions 
Opening Night: June 1, Saturday, 7pm-9:30pm. Artist reception, with ASL Interpretation.
A group exhibition of works by Artists who are legally blind. Curated by Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture in partnership with Wingspan Dis/Arts, Culture and Public Pedagogy
Exhibition runs June 1 – 6.
The Hatch Gallery at UBC, 289-2366 Main Mall, Vancouver

The Lind Prize: Accessibility Tour
June 6, Thursday, 7pm.
This group exhibition features 11 emerging artists from BC who specialize in photography, film, or video. The tour will be ASL interpreted and Audio Described.
The Polygon Gallery, 101 Carrie Cates Court , North Vancouver

Celebrate Emerging Playwrights
Saturday, June 8th, 2:30-4pm
Realwheels is also putting on a free event in which our very own Personal Injury Resource coordinator Kristina Shelden will be participating as an actress. Join for a FREE cold reading of excerpts of new works by emerging playwrights! 
The Roundhouse Community Arts Centre (Room B), 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver

For a list of events happening across the province, please visit the Social Planning and Research Council of British Columbia’s (SPARC BC)’s website.

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