Have you ever wanted to be a bird? To fly, to flock, to sing to the rising dawn?
Birds on Parade celebrates our winged relatives, from songbirds to birds of prey, waterfowl to shorebirds in BC and beyond. “Birds on Parade” is a collaboration of four community-engaged artists (Paula Jardine, Carmen Rosen, Cathy Stubington and Robi Smith), with additional artists, dancers, singers, stiltwalkers, and bird lovers from all walks of life.
Birds on Parade will culminate in a grand parade, a great murmuration if you will, of flocks of birds on stilts and hand held bird puppets. The parade will open the Vancouver International Bird Festival and the International Ornithological Congress in Vancouver, BC, on August 20, 2018. The parade will start at Coal Harbour Community Centre, fly along the seawall and end up at Jack Poole Plaza at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
If you live in, or close to, downtown Vancouver, you are also invited to participate in Birds in Residence at the West End and Coal Habour Community Centres. The aim of our residency is to connect people of all ages and abilities who live in the West End and Coal Harbour with the birds we live with. We’ll collectively deepen our relationship with these birds through nature walks and a multitude of art forms including drawing, mapping, listening, movement and song. We’ll combine the insights and talents of community engaged artists with biologists, ornithologists and amateur bird enthusiasts.
Throughout 2018, we’ll learn everything we can about the birds who live in, and fly through, our neighbourhoods, reflecting on ideas of home and migration.
Watch for more notices of birdy activities out in the neighbourhood and online at birdsinresidence.wordpress.com. Be sure to also check out this conversation with artists Paula, Cathy and Carmen with The Colloquium about Birds on Parade!