In keeping with the festival’s vision to inspire curiosity, exploration, and meaningful connection, this year’s opening event explores the theme past, present and future. Through this lens, we are excited to feature a diverse group of performers and speakers who will share their creativity and insight – providing a vision forward. The evening provides insight into what we can learn and reclaim from our past to address the current challenges we face and build a more equitable, sustainable future, together.
The opening event is an opportunity to showcase BIPOC leaders and bring the community together to facilitate conversation and engagement in a fun virtual medium.
Diana Hellson: Afro-Indigenous hip hop artist in Burnaby and Co-Founder of RudeGang Entertainment, providing music, production, and documentary work centring Indigeneous artists. Diana has worked on a number of projects that create space for Indigenous folks to share their stories and reclaim their language, and that empower Indigenous youth to establish their creative and cultural identities. Past projects include:
Janice Callangan: Founder and Director of NewNewStudios. Janice founded NewNew Studios as a hope for the future of the design industry, where other People of Colour feel represented and celebrated. NewNew Studios provides full-service design services for women- and POC-owned businesses.
Golsa Golestaneh has extensive experience in community organizing and advocacy directed towards creating better futures for immigrant and refugee youth in BC.
Old Soul Rebel is the musical musings of Chelsea D.E Johnson and Lola Whyte and was named one of “11 Best New Bands” by CBC Radio Canada. Serving you bad ass rock n roll with a little bit of soul .
” All Hail Old Soul Rebel the New Queens of Rock n Roll” – CTV Canada