10 Arts Events Not to Miss in December

It’s the end of term and holidays are almost here, celebrate by checking out these amazing events!

Reluctant Exiles to Voluntary Diaspora: Post 1997 Migrations from Hong Kong

December 3 | 2:00-3:00pm |Anthropology & Sociology Building

This talk explores new migrations from Hong Kong in the 2010s. It will examine the different factors leading to the new exodus and the pattern of outmigration, return migration, and double reverse migration of the Hong Kong diaspora.


alumNIGHTS: Leadership Lessons

December 4 | 6:00-9:00pm | Roundhouse Community Centre

Students: $10 | Alumni: $15 | General: $20

The first of a year-long series engaging alumni on the theme of leadership. Meet with industry leaders like Global National anchor Robin Gill (BA ’93), Deloitte associate director Carmen Lee (BA ’01), and Foodee and Tacofino co-founder Ryan Spong (BA ’99). Whether you’re a current student, recent graduate, or are well-established in your career, you will walk away feeling inspired.


Sound House: nêhiyawak

December 5 | 7:00pm | Museum of Anthropology


Sound House welcomes the indie-rock and dance floor synth sounds of Cree band, nêhiyawak. nêhiyawak ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐊᐧᐠ hails from amiskwaciy (Edmonton) on Treaty 6 territory. Comprised of Kris Harper, Matthew Cardinal and Marek Tyler—three Indigenous musicians coalesce at the intersection between traditional and contemporary music. Their sound is at times loud and sweeping, and in other moments—reticent and careful and blends the steady beats of carved cedar log and hand drums with their synth and rock guitar sound.


Confessions of an Academic Dilettante, or What I Learned From G. Gordon Liddy

December 5 | 5:00-6:30pm | Green College

Jerry Wasserman retired at the end of 2016 as Professor Emeritus of English and Theatre after 44 ½ years at UBC, including five years as Head of the Department of Theatre and Film. But his career profile was not exactly conventional. Most successful university professors go for depth in their chosen field of research. He went, instead, for breadth. Call him eclectic. Or a dilettante. His scholarship ranges from modern fiction and Canadian drama to blues music. And he’ll bet he is the only academic in North America, or maybe the world, who worked simultaneously for decades as teacher and scholar, professional stage and screen actor, and professional theatre critic.


Beam of Light Ceremony — 30th Anniversary Memorial

December 6 | 1:30-3:00pm | Chan Centre

Join the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the École Polytechnique massacre, and the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women (White Ribbon Day). On Dec 6, 1989, an armed man walked into an engineering class at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. After forcing the men to leave, he stated that he hated feminists and began to shoot the women in the class. In response, Canada established Dec 6 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women.


Umbrella Diaries: The First Umbrella Screening

December 7 | 2:30-6:00pm | Frederic Wood Theatre

Umbrella Diaries: The First Umbrella (2018) charts the origins of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement through the eyes of activists and ordinary people who made it happen. From the June 4 Candlelit Vigil until September 28, 2014, when tens of thousands of protestors occupied the streets outside Government Headquarters, this documentary puts us at the heart of the action, allowing viewers to experience the highs and lows of that remarkable summer, when Hong Kong witnessed a “blossoming of democracy.”


UBC/EMV Young Performers Series | SUNDAY SOCIALS

December 8 | 2:00-3:15pm | Knox United Church
Free (Suggested donation)

The UBC/EMV Knox Young Performers Series at Knox United is a new outreach initiative bringing student performers and early career professionals into the community. Knox United hosts a “Social Bar” after each concert with a complimentary snack for people to enjoy as they socialize and mingle together and with the musicians.


Winter Bang! Festival

December 11 | 12:00-1:00pm; 2:00-3:00pm; 7:30-8:30pm | Barnett Hall

UBC Music students perform electroacoustic music using computer instruments and audio/video processes.

Students control these instruments and processes through gesture tracking of traditional instruments, dance, piano or string performance, or by using webcams, Kinects, Wiis, accelerometers, game controls, custom circuits, Arduinos, iPhones, iPads, or other tablets.


Vivaldi’s Four Seasons: Presented by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

December 20 & 21 | 8:00pm | Chan Shun Concert Hall
Starting at $26

Let Federico Maria Sardelli, a unique musical personality and one of the world’s leading authorities on Vivaldi, take you back in time to hear the Venetian master in a whole new light.


Playing with Fire: Ceramics of the Extraordinary

Until March 2020 | Museum of Anthropology
Students free with UBC ID

This stunning group exhibition features 11 BC-based artists who have created unique ceramic works that express opinions and offer commentary on the state of the world around us. While at first glance these works may appear approachable through a lens of nostalgia, beauty, or humour, upon closer reflection they reveal deeper commentaries on social injustice, racism, identity, and censorship.