• Priscillia
  • Pauline
  • Flamenco
  • Bread and Salt
  • Sansho
  • Truth
  • Lum
  • Art
  • Iskwew Singers
  • Comedy
  • Women & Fish
  • Out on a Limb
  • HSB
  • Parkapalooza
  • Writers
  • Love on the Piano
  • Hot Jazz at the Carnegie
  • KJD

Vancouver Moving Theatre and Jumblies Theatre present

Maps & Memories
4th Downtown Eastside Artfare Institute

A three-day intensive workshop on researching and expressing community stories through oral history and mapping

Ukrainian Hall
805 East Pender Street
June 6-8, 2014
9:30am – 5:30pm

Application deadline: May 5, 2014 (5pm)

VMT-Arts4All-Spring-2014-FlyerVancouver Moving Theatre and Jumblies Theatre are pleased to announce the newest round of the Downtown Eastside Artfare Institutes. This three-day workshop on community-engaged practice will explore the gathering of personal and ancestral histories; images of landscapes and waterways from False Creek to Burrard Inlet and beyond; and their application in community-engaged art making.

The workshop is facilitated by two of Canada’s leading community-engaged artists, Ruth Howard (Jumblies Theatre, Toronto) with Savannah Walling (Vancouver Moving Theatre, Vancouver/Downtown Eastside). Join Ruth and Savannah and guests on this intensive, experiential journey of learning and art-making.

Workshop activities will blend presentations, hands-on activities, discussions, demonstrations, creative explorations and take-home resources. We will:

• Consider approaches, methods, challenges, ethics and aesthetics involved in researching and expressing community stories through oral history and mapping;

• Explore interview and mapping-based arts processes via a variety of interdisciplinary activities;

• Touch on stages of research, creation, presentation, performance, evaluation and legacy;

• Work with themes and forms linked to current Vancouver Moving Theatre/Jumblies creative partnerships scheduled for spring 2015: The Big House project, a Downtown Eastside performative feast; and the Train of Thought, a coast to coast community arts journey.

Click HERE for more information on Maps and Memories, including details on the application process.


The Heart of the City Festival


The Downtown Eastside is a community rich in history, culture, activism, people and great stories. As the festival moves into its next decade we pay tribute to our community with this year’s theme Drawing Strength From Our Roots.

How the Festival was planted in the soil of the Downtown Eastside is an interesting story. Back in 2003 the Downtown Eastside was hard hit by changes challenging its health, survival and identity. A grass roots surge for community-led renewal emerged with artists, activists and organizations participating in collective actions to give voice to the neighbourhood.

This renewal coincided with the 100th anniversary celebrations of the Carnegie building. Carnegie Community Centre and Vancouver Moving Theatre joined forces to produce In the Heart of a City, an epic community play with, for and about the Downtown Eastside.

The results exceeded everyone’s expectations and proved transformative. The Carnegie and Vancouver Moving Theatre again joined forces to co-produce in 2004 – with the help of a host of community partners – the first Heart of the City Festival. Over the decade, working with over forty community partners, we’ve produced more than 1,000 events featuring 10,000 professional and community artists.

Our community faces tremendous pressure for rapid change. As we move forward we are inspired by the powerful poetry of Bud Osborn:

“Our purpose is to live in community, and community is care, care for one another, care for those least able to care for themselves, care for all, care in action.”

A heartfelt thanks to our board, community partners and wonderful festival team; to all the individuals who have contributed to the success of the festival since its founding; and to Teresa Vandertuin, who over the past ten years has done a stellar job as Associate Artistic Producer.

See you next year at the 11th Heart of the City Festival everyone!

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

The mandate of the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival is to profile and foster the development of community arts in the Downtown Eastside – from community building and bridge building, to celebrating artists and cultures, to giving voice to local concerns. The festival involves a wide range of professional, community, emerging and student artists, and lovers of the arts. Over 1,000 artists participated in last year’s 2012 Festival.

Most events are free or suggested donation.

The following errors slipped passed us when the Festival Program Guide went to press.

p. 21 – The photo of Jean Swanson is ©murray bus – flux photo
p. 27 – Community Play Reunion will also include words by Michael Clague about his experiences as Director of the Carnegie Centre during the making of the Community Play
p. 42 – Holding the bread are Meghan Fung (l.) and Taralyn Karras (r.)
p. 54 – Program Guide Contributors – Leith Harris
P. 54 – We incorrectly spelled the name of VMT’s bookkeeper, Miyra Olney



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