People gathering to make, learn, do and be with each other in shared space is transformational.
This year’s Burnaby Festival of Learning has come to a close. It has been busy in all the right kinds of ways. We ate, we danced, we talked, and sometimes we silently used our hands to make and do. Always, we belonged to a space together. I feel very grateful for the joy this brings. Grateful for the chance to learn from experts in their fields of passion, for free. And grateful for the chance to meet and know my neighbours, near and far. This kind of experience and knowledge exchange doesn’t happen every day. The warmth and connection we experienced together reminds me just why we do this.
I met remarkable people from all walks of life, and I was lucky enough to see some of the same people multiple times – and when this happens, there is a sort of silent head-nod, wink, “secret handshake” feeling that starts to emerge. Making friends as an adult can be hard. Belonging can be hard. So it’s a gift to have a space where we can come together and connect.
Also, enthusiastic curiosity is contagious! Every event I attended had a heartfelt vibrancy and energy born of curiosity – sometimes quiet and contemplative, but sometimes brash and joyful. We are a neighbourhood full of people who are not only curious about the world, but who care about it and the people with whom we share it enough to want to share knowledge with each other to make it better. This is transformation!
Naomi Steniberg, at the end of her workshop, Of Soil, Stone and Stories, mentioned that the air we all breathe is the great equalizer, and I see the Festival of Learning in a similar light. It brings a true multiplicity of experiences, cultures, voices, and abilities together, in an open and accessible way. We all hold and share knowledge, and this festival platform gives each of us the ability to give and receive with and for each other.
And for me, that’s the bottom line: It’s not the festival that makes this happen, it’s us – our Burnaby community. What a tremendous gift we can be to each other!
To those who were a part of it this year (in person or in spirit), thank you. To those who weren’t able to come this year, we can’t wait to see you next time!
Did you miss attending any of the Burnaby Festival of Learning events May 5th -May 9th? We got you covered! The Science Rendezvous Festival is happening this coming weekend, May 13th.— The Burnaby Festival of Learning (@FestivalLearn) May 10, 2023
Learn more here: https://t.co/rLI6VYmnzH#science #FestivalLearn #SFU #familyevent pic.twitter.com/3ngg5RpNN0
Have you ever looked at all those cool Chinese vegetables and wondered how to cook with them? Renee of @TrueNosh hosted a Crystal Mall Grocery Tour yesterday inspiring attendees to challenge their culinary skills using new ingredients.#foodie #cookingtips #FestivalLearn #sfu pic.twitter.com/wDS4P3qJwq— The Burnaby Festival of Learning (@FestivalLearn) May 9, 2023
Our Festival touched on all types of topics of learning. British Columbia Institute of Technology shared a tour through their edible gardens that will inspire people to grow food in their own yards!#growfood #ediblegardens #FestivalLearn pic.twitter.com/fj29PSgVEn— The Burnaby Festival of Learning (@FestivalLearn) May 9, 2023
Did you know that @bcit is hosting workshops and tours in collaboration with the Burnaby Festival of Learning?— The Burnaby Festival of Learning (@FestivalLearn) May 8, 2023
The FREE events they offered included everything from tech, climate, and outdoor garden tours!#festivallearn #cityofburnaby #learning pic.twitter.com/CEb4dEGWDL
This workshop checks ALL the boxes! Step One: Remove invasive ivy vines from choking trees in local, natural habitat. Step Two: Turning them into useful, handcrafted baskets. Did you create a basket? SHARE IT and tag us #FestivalLearn Thank you @stillmoonarts #SFU #cityofburnaby pic.twitter.com/Liea0tmIHK— The Burnaby Festival of Learning (@FestivalLearn) May 8, 2023
Only two days left! The Burnaby Festival of Learning has plenty of events running until Tuesday May 9th.— The Burnaby Festival of Learning (@FestivalLearn) May 8, 2023
There are a few spots left to register for events, see them all here: https://t.co/rMF8tyNr4s@BCIT @cityofburnaby #FestivalLearn pic.twitter.com/YoEXhQd1Oq
Everyone is rolling up their sleeves and learning how to bake delicious Challah Bread! We hope the folks that attended this event enjoy every scrumptious bite of their creations, yum! @JewishVancouver— The Burnaby Festival of Learning (@FestivalLearn) May 7, 2023
#challahbread #FestivalLearn #belonging pic.twitter.com/5k90OhzWMm
Make sure you visit @shadbolt_centre and check out the Spring/Summer Textile and Sound Installation by these two very talented artists! Display is available for viewing until May 9th.#Artist #cityofburnaby #FestivalLearn pic.twitter.com/mYO4VAXgFE— The Burnaby Festival of Learning (@FestivalLearn) May 7, 2023