This year, we’re talking about A Bright Green Future.
Green for the deliciousness of healthy, tasty food. Green for the freshness of
rejuvenating nature. Green for the imaginative swirls of art. And green for the
mind-blowingly awesome locality of being a Vancouverite. Enjoy.
2013 brings us the 5th annual Sustenance Festival. Sustenance is a celebration which reflects local
and global intersections of art, culture, food, and sustainability. Based at the Roundhouse Community Arts &
Recreation Centre, Sustenance is a city-wide festival with satellite activities at community centres throughout Vancouver.
What does this really mean for Vancouverites? How do we interpret words like ‘sustainability’ and terms like
‘environmental footprint’ or ‘ eating locally’ and then move into action? How do we make positive choices even if
they may feel insignificant within the grandeur of saving the planet? Can we make the connection that when we
change the way we live, we are contributing to a better living experience with our fellow humans? Whether you are a
social-enterprising, organic, city farmer or a recent Canadian simply wanting to learn more about all of this ‘green talk’,
there exist common goals around a Bright Green Future that can also benefit the social health of our society.
The 2013 Sustenance Festival, celebrating its 5th year, will include a pop-up incubator of ideas, spurring dialogue about
how individuals and communities can work together to strengthen our environment and our local food system. Join us and
become part of the solution, because together - and only together - will we create a Bright Green Future for our children.
Resources & Media
Vancouver’s Sustenance Festival Goes City Wide in its 5th Year October 8-22, 2013
Festival of Art, Culture, Food and Sustainability - An Incubator for Sustainable Living
October 2, 2013 Vancouver, BC: Sustenance can be defined as: Food and drink regarded as a source of strength as well as the maintaining of someone or something in life or existence.
From October 8 until October 22, 2013 Vancouver’s Sustenance Festival will examine words such as “sustainability” and “living green” through a series of interactive dialogues
and presentations that will shed light on how we can contribute to a better living experience with our fellow humans.
From seed saving to bike maintenance; community dinners and celebrations of both World Indigenous and World Food Day to discussions on the “right to food” and paper saving,
community leaders will engage and collaborate with attendees in a conversation of how to create a lighter footprint.
Highlights of this Park Board Festival Include:
October 8 - Neighbourhood Potluck – Heritage Hall Vancouver
October 10 - Backyard Chickens – Strathcona
October 10 - Eating Green – Choices, Kitsilano
October 12 - Neighbourhood Potluck - South Vancouver
October 12 - Paper Saver Workshop – Marpole
October 12 - First Peoples Food Sharings Ritual – Grandview Woodlands
October 13 - World Indigenous Day – Roundhouse
October 14 - Cob Pizza and Bread Baking – Hastings Sunrise
October 15 - Garden Tours – Hastings Sunrise
October 15 - The Art of Food Drying, Storing and Saving – West End
October 16 - World Food Day “Right to Food” – Roundhouse
October 17 - Crazy Kale – Hastings Sunrise
October 17 - Taste the Westside Food Community – Kitsilano
October 18 - Fall Harvest Community Dance – Trout Lake
October 18 - Nicole Foss & Lawrence Boomert Lecture - Langara College
October 19 - Seed Saving – Mount Pleasant
October 19 - What’s Cooking – DTES Neighbourhood Food Network
October 19 - Potluck and Visioning Session – Marpole
October 19 - Dialogue on Access to Healthy Food for All People – Grandview
October 20 - Bike Maintenance – Roundhouse
October 20 - RIPE – Vancouver Farmers Market Dinner – Roundhouse
October 21 - Canning and Preserving – Strathcona
October 22 - Cultivating a Lighter Footprint – Interactive Evening – MOV
For all details check http://www.sustenancefestival.ca/
Art for Thought Exhibit
(From October 16 - 22)
Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
A Bright Green Future. What does this really mean for Vancouverites? How do we interpret words like ’sustainability’ and terms like ’environmental
footprint’ or ’eating locally’ and then move into action? How do we make positive choices even if they may feel insignificant within the grandeur of saving the planet?
Explore our Art 4 Thought exhibit at the Roundhouse and let us know what you think. Are changes realistic? Challenging? Do you have ideas about A Bright Green Future? We want to hear from you!
The World In A Garden Rainbarrels
The World In A Garden and LUSH have teamed up with Emily Carr University of Art & Design and Flexahopper Plastics to entertain, engage and educate citizens about water conservation and
rain-water harvesting. Inspired by blue, these rainbarrel are not only a treat for our water system and our gardens, but our eyes as well. These rain barrels are for sale and sales will be
donated back to The World In A Garden, a multicultural urban farm & garden project that educates community & youth about the nutritional, cultural and environmental aspects of growing and eating food.
Bert Monterona Tapestries & Paintings
Bert is a Filipino visual artist living in Vancouver, Canada. A compleat artist -an educator and cultural worker. My works of art is a process of examining the future and rediscovering
the past to build the present, to envisage complex challenges in order to link between different culture, places, times and events. I believe that art as a ritual has a healing capacity and
the artist as a healer will give valuable contributions to balance the mind for a meaningful future.
Project CHEF Children’s Art
What is more inspiring for A Bright Green Future than children’s art? Students from eight elementary schools will have their art on display. These pieces have been inspired by
Project CHEF’s work in Vancouver schools and will allow you to see, from a child’s perspective, what they think about food, farming, cooking, and eating.
2nd Annual World Indigenous Day
On October 13, the Roundhouse and Canadian Foundation for Creative Development and Innovation welcome the Maya community from Guatemala, the Montagnard Gong Society from the
highlands of Vietnam, Burma & Cambodia, and Adunu Habobo cultural group from Ghana. The event will also feature locally sourced food to nourish attendees. Local artisans and
First Nations artists will showcase their exquisite crafts.
Tannis Hopkins, Fine Artist
Tannis is happy to take part in the Sustenance Festival once again. She is a fine artist who combines two passions, painting and global food culture. Tannis studied Fine Art at college
and university in Montreal and Toronto and has worked as an art director/designer for years. "My family has always been very ’food-centric’." Tannis tells us,
"My Mother was a wonderful cook, adventurous for her generation and she loved to throw dinner parties. I followed in her footsteps and found myself cooking and exploring different world
cuisines as a creative outlet. Whenever I travel, food and local markets are a big draw - there is such tradition and beauty in the gastronomic world. A few years ago I had an epiphany -
that I could combine my two passions. Through my work, I hope to help people recognize and appreciate how much food is part of our love of life, and how it defines our cultures and brings
us together. From exotic markets to local farmers’ stalls, iconic dishes to sweet delights. I want to touch kindred spirits, and celebrate this fundamental, diverse and joyous part of our lives."
Vancouver Farmers Market Society Photographs
Put a face to your food. On October 20th during RIPE, the Vancouver Farmers Markets will present a rotating slide show of photographs featuring an inside look at farmers, and food...
and ...what could be more appetizing?
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