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2016/17 Chan Centre Presents: Transcending Differences

The 2016/17 Chan Centre Presents series has just been announced! Series curator and Chan Centre Co-Managing Director Joyce Hinton shares her thoughts about what’s ahead in this welcome letter from our season brochure.

Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock recently penned an open letter to artists, stating “The world needs more one-on-one interaction among people of diverse origins with a greater emphasis on art, culture and education… The more we interact, the more we will come to realize that our humanity transcends all differences.”

Art is a powerful and uplifting tool. In a global climate where variances in gender, age, religion, race, ability, and sexual orientation so easily divide us, the performing arts serve to help us see a way past these differences. Sharing a vision with the University of British Columbia to increase intercultural understanding, we are delighted to welcome artists with wide-ranging perspectives from all over the world to the Chan Centre this season.

Anticipated returns, enthralling new projects, and impressive debuts can be found in our Chan Centre Presents mainstage series, traversing everything from Portuguese fado, to Latin salsa and dramatic flamenco, to traditional Inner Mongolian music, and much more. Our intimate Beyond Words series will showcase impactful theatrical performances touching upon the poignancy and humour of aging and living with mental illness. An array of performances from the remarkable students of the UBC School of Music and the Department of Theatre and Film take place throughout the year. Along with superb ongoing programming from our many arts and community partners, there is so much worth experiencing here.

Situated within a culturally diverse community and as part of a leading global university, we strive to create opportunities to embrace our humanity in the uplifting, transformative and inspirational way the performing arts so powerfully offers. Fellow Co-Managing Director Cameron McGill and I hope you can join us!


By Joyce Hinton
Co-Managing Director
Curator, Chan Centre Presents series


Explore the 2016/17 Chan Centre Presents series performances here.


Fri Apr 29, 2016