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During the 3-week theatre run of THIR$TY, a range of water-related community events and activities are taking place at the Roundhouse (Davie at Pacific). Events are all free or by donation.
Note: All activities are either child-friendly, or have on-site childcare provided for the duration of the event (details below).
The Roundhouse Community Centre is fully wheelchair accessible.


Thursday March 21

THIR$TY Preview Night, 2-for-1 tickets


Friday March 22

World Water Day Celebrations, 2-6pm, Free

In celebration of World Water Day (and the last day of Spring Break!), the Council of Canadians and Check Your Head present an afternoon of fun and educational events for the whole family.

Play Water Wizards, a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure interactive water game for kids of all ages! Join in water-related crafts and community mapping for kids, play with fun interactive water models, take an interpretive walk around False Creek. Be part of a Water Parade with the Carnival Band!

free flow Arts Exhibition Opening, 6-7:45pm, Free

View the exhibition and meet the artists. Hear words from local First Nations, local and international water activists, the Roundhouse, and Headlines Theatre.

THIR$TY Opening Night, 8pm

Saturday March 23

False Creek Boat Tours, 9:30am-12:30pm, Free

Get to know False Creek by getting aboard Aquabus 16-seat ferry for a free 45 minute cruise. Your guide for the cruise will inform you about our local ecosystem and related False Creek trivia. Meet at the Roundhouse prior to departing from David Lam Park. Limited seating available, so pre-register in advance at the Roundhouse front desk, or by phone 604.713.1800. Rain or shine, dress for the weather, all ages. Sponsored by the Burrard Inlet Environmental Action Program, Friends of False Creek, and the Southeast False Creek Working Group.

Roundhouse Family Water Day, 1-4pm, Free

Explore your connection to water through an afternoon full of activities going on at the Roundhouse! Take in magical storytelling, music and drama. Join in games, and a communal art activity for the whole family! Explore water through interactive displays and facilitated activities for people of all ages (facilitated by GVRD water educators). Find out where our water comes from, and where it goes! Fun for all

Panel discussion at Open the Borders! Conference, 1-4 pm

As part of this weekend-long international conference, Oscar Olivera, of Bolivia's Coordinadora en Defensa del Agua y de la Vida (Alliance in Defense of Water & Life) will speak on the struggle for control over water and displacement of peoples. The panel: "Globalization and the Worldwide Crisis of Displacement and Migration" will also feature Nogi Imoukhuede (Nigeria), Bridget Anderson (England), Marta Colorado (Vancouver/ Colombia), and Aiyyana Maracle (Grunt Gallery/ Vancouver). Admission to session $0-25 sliding scale. Location: Aboriginal Friendship Centre, 1607 East Hastings.

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Sunday March 24

International Panel on the 'Global Water Commons', 2-6pm, By donation. (Proceeds to support work of the international panelists).

Canada is playing a key role in international water policy. However, the path our government is taking through trade negotiations is leading to the commodification and privatization of the global water commons. Join us for an exciting panel discussion that focuses on global water issues in Latin America, Europe, and Canada. We will discuss Democracy and Human Rights in Global Water Struggles; International Trade and Aboriginal Title; and Blue Gold: What is Canada doing to Share and Protect the Global Water Commons?.

Tony Clarke -- Director of the Polaris Institute.
Oscar Olivera -- Coalition in Defense of Water and Life, Cochabamba, Bolivia.
Maria Sofia Aikio -- Saami Indigenous Water Activist, Scandinavia.
Niilas Somby -- Saami activist, artist and photographer, Scandinavia.
Janice Billy -- Spokesperson of the Skwelkwet'welt Protection Centre, BC.

Workshops will follow the panel. Participants will examine how they can support local and global water struggles being fought by indigenous peoples to protect their water from privatization, commodification, trade and commercial export.
Co--sponsored by the Council of Canadians, the Interior Alliance, and Check Your Head.
For info: 604-688-8846.
Childcare is provided.


Monday March 25

The Journey: Sacred Living Water, 7:30pm. By donation. (Proceeds to the Uts'am Witness Project)

Shel Neufeld delivers a blend of jazzy acoustic guitar playing and projected photographs, from glaciers and old growth valleys to community mobilizations for change, highlighting journeys of our sacred, yet threatened water supply. Speaker Aaron Nelson-Moody of the Squamish Nation will open the evening with traditional songs.


Saturday March 30

Linking Water Struggles, 11-3pm, Free / 2 for 1 matinee

From Chile to First Nations communities in BC, Palestine to Colombia, communities are struggling against colonization and exploitation of their resources. A panel discussion featuring representatives from various communities will delve into questions of water and conflict/displacement, global trade and corporate control over resources. The 11-12:30 pm panel leads into a THIR$TY matinee (1-3pm) in which the post-performance discussion will focus on the linking struggles theme.
Supervised activities for children (storytelling, crafts, etc.) will be available during the panel AND matinee.


Saturday April 6

THIR$TY International Webcast, 1pm

Canada's first full-length professional theatre webcast! The THIR$TY web cast provides Headlines Theatre with a medium to reach beyond the local to explore issues of importance to a broader global audience. If you have friends around the world, email them our web cast times. April 6: Vancouver (1pm); Toronto (4pm); Bolivia (5pm); Paris (11pm); South Africa (11pm). April 7: Tokyo (6am); Auckland (9am).


Sunday April 7

Fighting for our Water, 11am-6pm, Free

A daylong series of presentations and workshops focused on local and provincial water issues and action. What is the state of our water? What are our local, provincial and national governments doing, or not doing, to protect it? ? What should our democratic role be? A day for getting informed and involved with water
Hosted by Water Watch, a cross-sectoral coalition of organizations.
Childcare provided.


THIR$TY Closing Night , 8pm

For more information on any of these events call 604-871-0508.