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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

Where Do We Go From Here? Conversations about the Future of Performance


Digital & new media Interdisciplinary Performance Storytelling Theatre
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Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations Territory also known as Vancouver., BC

Directions: To access our conversations, the Youtube link provided above is the link to my personal channel, where I will be premiering the videos live on Wednesdays and Saturdays over the course of BC Culture Days.


Free, and accepts optional pay-what-you-may donations for admission.

Offered in English.

Offers closed captioning or subtitles.


Where Do We Go From Here? Conversations about the Future of Performance is an exploration of the impact and aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic on the artistic performance sector seen through the eyes of emerging artists based in British Columbia.

Over the course of six conversations with different emerging artists currently professionally working in various disciplines, we will unpack and engage in open discourse about our works-in-progress, what it's like to be an emerging artist in today's world, making and holding space in the industry for racialized Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour artists, and the future we envision for our generation in the arts.

Each episode will be focused on a specific theme and discipline, practiced by the Guest Artist, and hosted by BC Culture Days Ambassador, Valeria Ascolese.

Guests include Arthi Chandra (Director & Creator), Shanae Sodhi (Theatre Producer), Maria Escolán (Multilingual Creator), Junita Thiessen (Audio Drama Actor/Producer/Director), Santana Berryman (Teaching Artist), and Mariam Barry (Multimedia Artist).



Valeria Ascolese

Valeria is a Peruvian-Italian multidisciplinary artist and educator born in Lima, Peru. A graduate of Capilano University, she has collaborated with theatre companies like Electric Company Theatre, Rumble Theatre, Bard on the Beach, rice&beans theatre, and Pacific Theatre, while simultaneously working in film and TV. As a teaching artist, she works at Bard on the Beach, Carousel Theatre for Young People, Lights Up Musical Theatre Schools, North Van Arts, and other drama schools across the city and internationally. In addition, she is the Communications and Outreach Coordinator at the Canadian Latinx Theatre Artist Coalition (CALTAC), an organization that advocates for and connects Latinx theatre artists in Canada. Valeria focuses on making art accessible to everyone and anyone by bridging her cultures, languages, and identity into the work.


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