When we join together to create art or share knowledge, we build communities that are greater than the sum of their parts. This June, the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture and the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance come together in the spirit of collaboration. Collaboration allows us to reach out to other artists, other sectors, and other cultural groups to form connections and learn the best practices we can offer each other. But collaboration for its own sake is not enough: how do we choose the right partners? How do we navigate the process of creating together when we may have different mandates, skill sets, or even world views? How do we work together to form collaborations that are meaningful, innovative, and unrestricted?

Unrestricted is a two-day conference, June 13-14 at the BMO Theatre Centre in Vancouver, that explores connections without restriction. We'll look at successful partnerships between the arts, culture and heritage sector and the worlds of tech, health, and academia. We'll examine collaboration that champions inclusivity and reconciliation, as well as explore the future of arts funding, innovative approaches to artistic practice, mentorship, healthy workplaces and more - everything you need to lay the foundation for collaboration.

Join us June 13-14 in Vancouver for the opportunity to learn, network, connect and collaborate



To register for Unrestricted, click here. Included in the cost of your registration are breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks for both days of the conference, as well as a Wednesday reception. Please indicate upon registering whether you have any dietary restrictions, as well as whether you will require ASL interpretation or any other special requests around accessibility.

Different rates are available for Unrestricted, and may be combined for additional discounts. Consult the information below to find the rate that's right for you. More information on pricing is available at the Eventbrite link above; please contact Joyce Wan (joyce@allianceforarts.com; 604 681 3535 ext. 201) with any questions.

Member Rate

BC Alliance and GVPTA members in good standing register at discounted rates ($169 + GST member; $219 + GST non-member). In addition to your member discount, you may be eligible for one or more of the discount rates below.

Early Bird Rate

Save by registering early. Sign up before Tuesday, May 22 to receive a special early bird rate.

Group Rate

Groups of three or more attendees from any organization receive a group discount. Groups can also apply early for an additional group discount on the early bird rate.

One Day Rate

Only able to make it to Unrestricted for one day? We've got you covered. Register for either the June 13 or 14 program at a one day rate.

Financial Assistance

Subsidies are available for those in need of financial assistance. To be eligible for a subsidized rate, please complete this subsidy request form. Requests for subsidies must be submitted by Wednesday, May 14, at 2:00 p.m. PST.


If you're travelling to Vancouver to attend Unrestricted, you can stay at Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre at a special discount rate. More information below:

  • Location: Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre (180 West Georgia Street)
  • Conference Rate: $249 + tax
  • Eligible Dates: June 12-15, 2018
  • To book: Call 1.800.726.3626 and quote Group "Arts Conference" for Vancouver City Centre location
  • Deadline to book: May 13, 2018

Availability is limited, so book early.



At Unrestricted, we're excited to offer programming that will enrich your collaborative practice as well as providing a solid foundation of the latest approaches in arts, culture and heritage.

Sessions will include:

  • a panel on cross-sectoral approaches featuring stars from BC's cultural sector sharing their successes and challenges collaborating with academia, the tech sector, the health sector, the media and more;
  • a look at arts funding in the 21st century, including how innovative and equitable models can lead to more fertile ground for collaboration;
  • programming on diversity and reconciliation, highlighting best collaborative approaches with marginalized and Indigenous communities;
  • a panel of legal experts, who will discuss the growing issue of harassment in the arts, culture and heritage sector.

These discussions serve as anchors for a packed two-day schedule. Choose from over a dozen breakout sessions to customize your Unrestricted experience. Stay tuned in the weeks to come as we reveal more information about the growing opportunities you can expect at Unrestricted.