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

Our Voices, Ourselves Community Hub Kickoff Party


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Raycam Co-operative Centre

920 East Hastings Street

Vancouver, BC

Directions: The Kickoff event is taking place at Raycam Co-operative Centre, 920 East Hastings Street, Vancouver BC. As this is a Culture Days Event, we urge you to arrive 1/2 hour before start time and there will be signage and volunteers directing you to the Gymnasium for the Kickoff Event!.



Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible and has gender-neutral washrooms.


The Our Stories, Ourselves kickoff is a celebration of the arts in Vancouver's Strathcona neighborhood. To kick things off, the hub will be hosting a community block party. Come help celebrate arts and culture in Strathcona. The kickoff event will begin at 1 pm with Judy Robertson Award presentation and continue with feature performances by Robyn Froese, a lion dance by Fluffy and Friends, ABADA Capoeira will give demonstrations, All Bodies Dance Project Performance, Poetry & Storytelling. You will be able to visit Maker Labs, and Lobe studios (open house from 1- 4 pm). There will be arts and crafts and interactive kids craft area Vancouver Coop Radio will host live DJ all ages dance event from 4 - 6 pm.

Here are a summary of activities during our kick off event

Saturday, September 23rd with:

Live Broadcast by Vancouver Co-op Radio onsite at Raycam Co-operative Centre

11:00am to 12:00pm: Capoeira Workshop - Gymnasium

"Our Stories, Ourselves Kickoff Party" - September 23rd 12 pm - 5 pm (Raycam gymnasium):

12 pm - Opening Award Ceremony & Land Acknowledgement -

12:00pm to 12:30pm: Ceremony

12:30 pm to 12:40pm: Fluffy and Friends Lion Dance

12:40 pm to 12:50 pm: ABADA Capoeira Demonstration

12:50 pm to 1:00 pm All Bodies Dance Performance

1:00pm to 2:00pm: All Bodies Workshop at Gymnasium

1:00 to 2:00pm: Fallen Leaves Workshop (Media Lab Room)

2:00 pm to 3 pm: Robyn Froese Band

3:00 to 5:00pm: Dance Party! (Raycam gymnasium)

As part of the kickoff event - there are open house events with Lobe Studios (713 East Hastings Street 1pm - 4pm) and at MakerLab (780 East Cordova 1pm-4 pm). Also 881 Gallery (881 East Hastings Street 1pm-4pm), Outsiders and Others Gallery, 716 East Hastings Street 1pm - 4pm), These open house events are self guided as well as there will be Community Police Volunteers who will guide on each hour through each gallery and open house location as part of an Community Art Walk.



Pigeon Den Art Collective


The Pigeon Den Collective is to invite collaboration between different artists to create works that invite social, and cultural change, and that support community-based art in all forms.


We nurture the interconnection between art and cultures, time and space.


We envision art that has the power to build bridges, foster dialogue, deepen relationships, and advance a more equitable society.


Through the arts, we are able to create dynamic experiences that allow for new ways of seeing ourselves, each other, and our diverse histories.


Foster belonging

We work at the speed of trust — fostering relationships built on mutual respect and compassion that honor individual hopes and histories, while also seeking to understand the needs of the inclusive, diverse communities and artists we serve. We work openly and inclusively to create a welcoming experience for all.

Learn and evolve together

We are honest about what we know and do not know, and seek opportunities to learn. It is our collective responsibility to continuously improve and to work together as we further the collective's mission. We hold ourselves accountable to results, with a clear view of how our work impacts the diverse communities we serve.

​Embrace change

We continually review and assess our path and take courage to shift directions. We are adaptive, open to what emerges and responsive to what matters. Through ongoing community consultation and collaboration, we respond and initiate change.

​Lead boldly

We generously share our community platform to amplify and engage a diversity of voices. Passion and curiosity fuel our continual drive to experiment and question the status quo. We inspire inclusive action through an understanding of the past, forward-looking bold initiatives

This event is part of a hub:

Our Voices, Ourselves Community Hub

Lance Lim Vancouver, BC

"Our Stories Ourselves Community Hub" (Winner of the Judy Robertson Community Engagement Award). Led by community-based performer and choreographer Lance Lim of the Pigeon Den Art Collective, the community hub “Our Voices, Ourselves” will...