The Burnaby Festival of Learning celebrates unconventional, lifelong learning. A week-long series of free events, the festival features performances, lectures, discussions, tours, and more, all designed to inform, engage, and spark creative conversations among Burnaby’s vibrant and diverse audiences.

Co-presented by Simon Fraser University and the City of Burnaby, in participation with many local Burnaby organizations, the Festival provides free events every day for everyone – children, families, youth, adults and seniors. Events and activities take place across the city, inviting the community to enjoy Burnaby’s rich variety of civic spaces, including its libraries, museums, galleries, parks, community centres and more.

The Burnaby Festival of Learning is hosted by the community, for the community. Since 2016, the festival has continued to grow, involving an increasing number of organizations inside and outside Burnaby. Each year, new partnerships and collaborations emerge that diversify the program, allowing its partners to reach more and more of the Burnaby community.

Building Community Capacity

The Burnaby Festival of Learning is committed to “walking the talk.” One example of this commitment is the Community Ambassadors program – a program that offers living wage work opportunities during the festival for those community members who face barriers to employment. Festival Ambassadors are provided with professional training, direct support, and are paid a living wage during their time with the Festival. Through this program, the Festival builds employment capacity within underrepresented communities in Burnaby.

Festival Team

The Festival would not be as successful year-after-year without the support and help from these individuals and organizations. Their hard-work, dedication and commitment in planning and implementing the Festival is tremendously appreciated. It is with their support that the Festival can be at it’s full potential.

Steering Committee

Alison Chan, SFU (Co-chair)
Heidi Schiller, Burnaby Public Library (Co-chair)
Ana Maria Bustamante, Burnaby Intercultural Planning Table
Angela Boal, City of Burnaby
Cynthia Henson, SFU Science
Deirdre Grace, BCIT
Maria Poe, MOSAIC
Salena Gao, Burnaby Community Services
Simone Brandl, Burnaby Neighbourhood House

Program Committee

Alison Chan, SFU (Co-chair)
Ana Maria Bustamante, Burnaby Intercultural Planning Table
Christina Froschauer, Burnaby Art Gallery
Cynthia Henson, SFU Science
Deirdre Grace, BCIT
Elizabeth Davis, Burnaby Public Library
Kevin Brandt, Burnaby Schools
Lisa Codd, Burnaby Village Museum
Maria Poe, MOSAIC
Salena Gao, Burnaby Community Services
Seth Li, Tourism Burnaby
Simone Brandl, Burnaby Neighbourhood House