Vancouver Opera Hosts Upcoming Panel on Housing Crisis and Its Impact on Artists

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Inspired by the trope of the starving artist at the centre of Puccini’s La Bohème, Vancouver Opera is hosting a panel discussion about the realities of living and working as an artist in Vancouver.

This free event takes place January 23 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Peter Kaye Room at Central Library. Excerpts from La Bohème will be performed by members of the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program.

Moderated by BC Alliance executive director Brenda Leadlay, the panel will explore how the current housing affordability crisis is affecting artists’ quality of life in the city and the impact this has on the cultural life of Vancouver. How are artists adjusting to this new normal? What is the impact of government led initiatives on those organizations who have benefited? How does Vancouver’s experience compare to other cities facing a similar context?

Panelists include David Pay of Music on Main and 110 Arts Cooperative, UBC’s Dr. Nora Angeles, Spencer Chandra Herbert (MLA, Vancouver-West End) and others to be announced.

For more information, and to RSVP, click here.

(Cut image: La Bohème . Vancouver Opera.)

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