11 Arts events not to miss in December 2023

This December, celebrate the holiday season with the UBC School of Music, learn about how climate action can boost our well-being, and join a cheese workshop with the Centre de la Francophonie de UBC.

Head Over Heels by Peter Anderson

Friday, December 1 | 7:00pm and
Saturday, December 2 | 12:00pm or 7:00pm
Dorothy Somerset Studio
Tickets: $5-$10

The UBC Players Club presents Head Over Heels by Peter Anderson, a reimagining of Shakespeare’s rom-com, Twelfth Night. Step into a timeless realm where reality blurs with Shakespearean magic.

ACAM320J Community Showcase

Saturday, December 2 | 4:30pm-6:00pm | Old Auditorium
Tickets: Free; RSVP required

ACAM320J – Asian Canadian Research and Engagement Studio is a new course this year at UBC that aims to prepare students of Asian Canadian studies to engage in community engaged research. This term, students are collaborating with Love IntersectionsChinatown TodaySliced Mango Collective, and Roundtable Educational Society to create unique and community centered research projects. This event is designed to showcase and celebrate their work.

Opera Tea: A Tea to Celebrate the Holiday Season

Sunday, December 3 | 2:00pm | Old Auditorium
Tickets: $15-$28

Celebrate the holiday season with UBC Opera! This beloved tradition features festive, jubilant music from around the world. The Ensemble will decorate the Old Auditorium and sing songs of joy.

Wellbeing Workshop: De-stress with rabbits

Wednesday, December 6 | 12:00-3:00pm | Arts Student Centre
Tickets: Free; RSVP required

With the end of the semester and exams approaching, it is important to take some time to de-stress. Arts Embedded Counsellor Laura Harvey will be hosting a de-stress session with bunnies! Come, pet some rabbits, and learn about strategies for managing stress during exams.

UBC Contemporary Players: Concert at the Belkin

Wednesday, December 6 | 2:00pm | Belkin Art Gallery
Tickets: Free

The UBC Contemporary Players present a program of collaborative works created in response to the Belkin Gallery’s current exhibition of artist Carole Itter’s works: “Only when I’m Hauling Water do I wonder if I’m getting any Stronger”.

The concert features music by UBC Professor of Composition Dorothy Chang and UBC Professor of Ethnomusicology Michael Tenzer.

Finding joy in climate action

Thursday, December 7 | 12:00pm | Online
Tickets: Free; RSVP required

Being inundated by climate news can be wearying and discouraging, but could a shift in our approach both empower positive change and our well-being? This discussion will explore how climate solutions can have a positive impact while also boosting our enjoyment in life. Attend this webinar to hear from experts who will discuss how we can easily adapt our behavior while also emotionally benefitting from that change.

Presented by alumni UBC in partnership with UBC Faculty of Arts and UBC Sauder School of Business.

Indigenous Community Holiday Craft Fair

Thursday, December 7 | 3:00pm-5:00pm | First Nations Longhouse
Tickets: Free

The UBC community is invited to attend this exciting fair, which celebrates Indigenous art and craftspersonship. Indigenous students, faculty, staff, and community members will be displaying and selling their art and handmade crafts, which include original art pieces, small leather goods, beaded jewelry and accessories, and other exciting wares. All are welcome.

UBC Choirs with Vancouver Brass Orchestra: Gloria

Sunday, December 10 | 7:30pm | Chan Shun Concert Hall
Tickets: $5-$20

Join the UBC Choirs and Vancouver Brass Orchestra in a performance of John Rutter’s festive Gloria for choir, brass, percussion and organ. This joint production will feature a choir of 160 and Vancouver’s top brass musicians. The concert also features seasonal favourites, including Lauridsen’s “O Magnum Mysterium”, William Berry’s reimagined “Nutcracker Suite”, and Wilberg’s “Joy to the World”.

Ask Me Anything: How to use the holiday break for career preparation?

Monday, December 11 | 4:00pm | Online
Tickets: Free

Are you considering using the holiday break to jump start on preparation for your professional/career development in the new year? Have you been wondering where to start and what self-directed learning resources are available? Bring your questions to this open Q&A session with the UBC Career Centre.

UBC WinterBang! Festival

Wednesday, December 13 | 12:00pm, 2:00pm & 7:30pm | Barnett Hall
Tickets: Free; RSVP required

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

They will 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. Student presentations are for their Minor in Applied Music Technology.

Discovering Cheese – Lower Intermediate to Advanced French

Thursday, December 14 | 7:00pm | UBC Robson Square
Tickets: $20-$30

Cheese has long been an important part of traditional French culture. In this two-hour workshop, explore—and taste—eight major families of cheese from Quebec and France. 

This cultural workshop is also an opportunity to practice your French listening, writing, and speaking skills with members of the Francophone community in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Students are recommended to have at least a lower intermediate level of French to participate comfortably.