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The sold-out crowd consisted of people from all over Vancouver. As the attendees arrived, some gathered around the fire with a hot beverage and cozied up as the speakers provided a sneak peak of the night was to bring.
During Langar, everyone sits on the same ground, eating the same food, despite their caste or background. Both men and women serve food, all of the food served is vegetarian and anyone who would like to is allowed to take part in the meal.
Strangers you pass down Main Mall, the individual who sits next to you in class, people you stand amongst in a crowded bus or the friends you’ve supposedly known since first year — each person carries their own, unique narrative and many stories go untold.
“It's an opportunity to create a community across the broader UBC campus by having a backyard house party — everybody come as you are and celebrate arts and culture. … We're on the West Coast, who doesn't like music around a fire hanging out with their friends?”
As someone who doesn’t consider herself particularly ‘cultured’, I can understand why students may choose to shy away from attending lengthy operas. But opera can and should be for everyone, not just for snobs!
While it may seem odd that Suzuki was in attendance, he is attributed to building the foundations that started the student bar. In a UBC Reports article from 1968, Suzuki advocated for a pub on campus in order to break down boundaries between students and faculty.
Despite growing pains, ITASA has been extremely successful in building relationships and working collaboratively with UBC student associations, outside organizations and surprisingly, the Italian Consulate in Vancouver.
She noted published and unpublished works are welcome, but Slam prefers unpublished work “just for the sake of encouraging people to keep writing new things.”
The real emotional power of this exhibit comes after context has been achieved. Several pieces highlight the essence of Hexsa’am, where the viewer is granted a window into what this entire exhibit is about: the land.
Don’t let hoity-toity artists and their fancy explanations littered with academic jargon and Old English trick you into thinking that you can’t go and enjoy whatever they’re offering.
It felt personal — intensely so. It left me feeling like I was witnessing moments that didn’t belong to me, while also stirring up thoughts and feelings that didn’t belong to anyone but me.
There is no doubt that the extension of the Chan name will lend further credibility and prestige to the Chan Centre for Performing Arts at UBC.
One panelist explained that making radical changes within an established organization is difficult, but students can decide not to participate and continue to learn and spread knowledge about the topic.
“[Michelle] was always repeating to us ‘We’re creating a safe space where dangerous things can happen, not a dangerous space where safe things can happen,’” said Paskalidis.