Recommended by Ricepaper – Arts and Culture events (April 9th and onwards)3 min read

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April 9, Friday, 6-9pm. Asian Canadian Art Auction Fundraiser. National Nikkei Museum and Heritage Centre (100-6688 Southoaks Cres., Burnaby)  Tickets—$40.

  • We’ve mentioned this event before, but we’re mentioning it again – just because. Artwork by Asian Canadian artists is being auctioned off tomorrow to fundraise for the Nikkei Centre and actor, CBC radio host, and ACWW board member, Tetsuro Shigematsu will be hosting. Besides art and Tetsuro, what else do you need? How about a buffet dinner to feast on and live entertainment to sit back and enjoy? Definitely a good start to the weekend.
    More information at (604) 777-7000 or visit

April 10, Saturday, 2pm. A screening of Ohanashi:  The Story of Our Elders. Japanese Canadian National Museum (Nikkei Place Complex – 100-6688 Southoaks Cres., Burnaby) Admission by donation.

  • The monthly screening of this 10-part series covering the life stories of Japanese Canadian elders was produced by the Japanese Canadian National Museum and directed by Suzanne Tabata. This Saturday, the 5th and 6th parts of the series will be on the life stories of Marie Katsuno and Shirley Omatsu, who will both be in attendance.
    More information at (604) 777-7000 or visit

April 10 & 11 (Saturday, Sunday), 7:30pm (*April 9, 7:30—free lecture demo). Odori:  The World of Kabuki Dance. Frederic Wood Theatre, UBC.  Ticket—$25/$20 for seniors/$15 for students.

  • Three Japanese masters of the odori (Kabuki dance) will be in Vancouver this weekend performing Kabuki, a traditional art form dating all the way back to the late 16th to early 17th century. TomoeArts’ artistic director is Colleen Lanki, who contributed an article on the aesthetics of Kabuki dance in Ricepaper 14.2 The Aesthetics Issue.
    More information at (604) 822-2678 or visit

April 9 to 16.  Reel 2 Real International Film Festival. Various Vancouver venues.  Ticket—$8 per adult & $6 per child/senior.

  • Reel to Real is an international film festival for youth, designed to inspire youth to engage, think critically, and discuss the art and craft of film-making. During this festival, the audience, film makers, and the youth jury will be able to engage with the material, and interact with each other through activities and question and answer sessions. Films from Canada and other countries are featured for a week starting on April 9. Sounds like a great opportunity for both kids and adults to be exposed to new and challenging ideas, cultures, and perspectives!
    More information at (604) 224-6162 or

April 10 (Saturday), 12pm – 9pm. Asia Voila. University of British Columbia. Most events are free.

  • A bevy of lectures, films, discussions, guided tours, poetry readings, and performances are taking place on the UBC campus this Saturday. Hosted by UBC and UBC’s Asian Studies program, the event revolves around promoting many of the Asia-related cultural resources on campus. An overview of some of the films offered during the event are covered in the Georgia Straight. And good news for you cultural cheapskates! – most of the offerings during the day are free (there are ticketed events in the evening).
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