Upcoming Panel: "Diversity and Decolonization"

The following is excerpted from a release issued by Visceral Visions.


When someone mentions "cultural appropriation" or "decolonization", do you feel intimidated or confused – or even angry? Have you wanted to incorporate more equitable practices in your work or organization, but feel paralyzed because you're afraid of making mistakes? Or maybe you're wondering where the line is between artistic freedom and freedom of expression (protest), or the border between censorship and criticism?

Using Robert Lepage's responses to community criticism to his 2018 productions of SLAV and KANATA as a jumping-off point, six brave panelists reveal their best practices on the RIGHT things to do through three case studies – real-life situations in which people like you found themselves in the midst of a very uncomfortable cultural controversy. Talking through the process of how they created a space that resulted in positive outcomes – while ensuring everyone involved felt respected and heard – we are pleased to present:

  • Omari Newton + Andrea Loewen | Open letter calling out the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards for systemic racism

  • Shanae Sodhi + Kathryn Shaw | Establishing Studio 58's very first student diversity committee

  • Margo Kane + Brenda Leadlay | Decolonizing the 2018 Unrestricted Conference

  • Valerie Sing Turner, moderator

This talk has been programmed by Visceral Visions as part of its development of DiverseTheatreBC, a digital platform featuring a searchable database of Indigenous and racialized artists, due to launch June 2019.

Please note this event will be preceded by Visceral Visions' brisk-and-brief Special General Meeting.


Diversity vs Decolonization:
an Honest Conversation in Technicolour
(Or How to Avoid Doing a Robert Lepage)

A free panel discussion presented by Visceral Visions and the Museum of Vancouver
Preceded by Visceral Visions' Brisk 'n Brief *Special General Meeting – see Special Resolution below* | $5.00 membership – SGM voting privileges

Please RSVP at Eventbrite; please also feel free to share the Facebook Event.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
7:00pm - 9:00pm
(doors open 6:30pm)

Museum of Vancouver
1100 Chestnut Street
Joyce Walley Room
(Wheelchair accessible, main floor)

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