In the months leading up to IGNITE!, the Youth Panel hosts a variety of workshops for young people! They’re all free and totally awesome.
Are you ready to put on your dancing shoes and learn how to express yourself through movement? Then the Dance Committee has the workshop for you!
Facilitated by Anna Craulis of Joe Ink, this Move It! dance workshop will explore movement, creativity and expression in a supportive and non-judgmental environment. Beginners are more than welcome to join as the workshop is open to every level of dance experience.
This year, IGNITE! would like you to come to our Music Industry Workshop. This workshop is mainly focusing on Networking. When that is said, you will be learning about the relationships within the music industry. Our facilitator will pass down the knowledge of the importance of exposure, creating and maintaining good relationships, the current music industry, where/how to meet people in the industry, and anything related. Our experienced facilitator will also be ready to answer questions, so come prepared!
This year, the Film committee is thrilled to be presenting its very first workshop in the form of a movie night and conversation on March 22nd! We are super excited about this and hope to see all you young cinephiles at the Cultch at 7:00pm! Admission is free! See you there!
Do you like writing? Poetry? Acting? Have you ever wanted to try Spoken Word or are looking to hone your skills? The Zine and Word Committees have come together to present a Spoken Word workshop!
Facilitated by the talented RC Weslowski, host of the Crackerjack Lipsmacker Youth Slam, a past mentor in our Mentorship Program and the winner of the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championship, the Spoken Word workshop is sure to be filled with literary madness.
Come out for a fun afternoon of learning, writing, laughing and random spurts of creative joy. The only requirement is an open mind and a willingness to learn. Hope to see you there!
The IGNITE! Visual Arts committee is partnering up with Cloudscape Comics, Vancouver’s biggest indie comic collective, to present “The Comic Shop”. This will be a workshop focused on teaching participants how to create a simple comic page. Using pro-grade comic paper and your basic pencils and inks, learn the tricks and tips of paneling, lettering, inking, storytelling and all the other unique aspects that make comics the 9th art of the world. All comic enthusiasts, visual artists, and comic writers of any skill level are welcome! Taught by seasoned veterans and teachers of the independent comics scene at the Cloudscape HQ in South Memorial Park, 5955 Ross Street (Ross + 41st).
Because there is limited space at Cloudscape HQ, we will be limiting participants on a first come first served basis. Please email email@example.com to register. If you need to cancel, please email us A.S.A.P so we can clear more space for other participants.
We will be capping participants at 20, and if there is enough demand we will see if we can’t increase the workshop capacity.
Attention youth aged 13-24! You loved it in the past, and you know you’re gonna love it again… It’s sexy, sassy and smoothie-licious…the Gender Blender is back!
Every year, the IGNITE! team invites you to an afternoon of discussing the beautiful colors and facets of the rainbow that is gender, sex, identity and orientation! Being young is about finding yourself, and sometimes things can get a little confusing along the way. Did you ever wonder what it means to be intersex, genderqueer, demi-romantic greysexual, or even identify with it? We’ll provide a safe, supportive environment where you can hang out, share your stories and experiences and hopefully ask a ton of questions. Therefore we made sure to have an experienced LGBTQ facilitator on board, Nico McKay from Out in Schools, who will be able to answer them all.
And we call it ‘Gender Blender’ for a reason – it’s a BYOF event (Bring Your Own Fruit)! Feel free to grab the nearest watermelon, apple or papaya and come on down to make your own smoothie while enjoying a good talk. We will provide the blenders, berries and milk products, as well as vegan options.
The floor of the Greenhouse happens to hard and uncomfortable. To fix that problem, we invite you to come festooned with pillows, blankets and all manner of cozy things.
On another note, this is a dry event.
Bring a fruit, bring some questions, bring a pillow. It shall be awesome.
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Nico McKay has been presenting with Out in Schools for two years and is super passionate about his work with the organization. He loves the opportunity to engage youth through film around queer issues in the hopes of helping create more awareness and foster safer schools for everyone. Nico is a political science student at UBC and after graduation hopes to continue promoting social justice and anti-oppression within Vancouver’s queer community.
Out in Schools is an education program which brings independent queer films into BC schools and communities to initiate discussions about safety, bullying, and homophobia. Out in Schools aims to increase understanding through education, and since 2004 has been actively engaged in using film to help create safer and more inclusive learning spaces around the province.