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Heart of the City Festival 2016

This year marks the 13th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival! SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement is thrilled to welcome the festival back into our space for a variety of different events.

The festival runs from October 26 – November 6, with over a hundred events happening all over the Downtown Eastside. The following three events will take place at the SFU Woodward’s campus (149 W. Hastings St). See here for a full schedule of the festival’s programming.

tbd_thumbTBD: Theatre Workshop with Ippolito Chiarello
Thursday, October 27 | 7:00 PM
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre

FREE, everyone is welcome!

This workshop is part of a context-based, performative, collective research project with actor Ippolito Chiarello, co-curated by Alessandra Pomarico, in collaboration with Musagetes Foundation, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement, Vancouver Italian Cultural Centre and a number of local community partners. The project aims to provide a platform to allow different narratives to unfold. The focus will be on the history of the place and the stories of its residents, and the theme of the Heart of the City Festival, “Living on Shared Territory.”

prison-landscapes_thumbScreening: The Prison in Twelve Landscapes
Saturday, October 29 | 2:00 PM
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema
FREE, everyone is welcome!

The Prison in Twelve Landscapes is a film about the prison in which we never see a penitentiary. Instead, the film unfolds as a cinematic journey through a series of landscapes across the USA where prisons do work and affect lives, from a California mountainside where female prisoners fight raging wildfires, to a Bronx warehouse full of goods destined for the state correctional system, to an Appalachian coal town betting its future on the promise of prison jobs. The screening will be followed by a Q&A over Skype with producer/director Brett Story.

metamorphose_thumbCarnegie Dance Troupe: METAMORPHOSE
Sunday, October 30 | 4:00 PM
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre
FREE, everyone is welcome!

The Heart of the City Festival is pleased to present the premiere of Metamorphose, a community-engaged dance production by Karen Jamieson Dance and the Carnegie Dance Troupe that explores transformation, creation and imagination through dance. The piece has developed over the last three years and is presented in partnership with the Carnegie Community Centre and SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement.