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Kids Take Over UBC!

Poem Power - For Mighty Kids Who Want to Change the World!

PAST - Sunday, February 11, 2018, 1-3 pm (30 minutes each) at 1, 1:30, 2 and 2:30 pm

For too long, UBC has been run by adults. It’s time for kids to rule at this fun-filled arts festival for kids and families. Celebrate Family Day weekend by bringing your entire family to UBC on Sunday, February 11 for a day where kids and youth will be given meaningful roles, working alongside staff and volunteers to participate in the life of arts and culture. Takeover Day, first launched in the UK, is a celebration of children and young people’s contributions to museums, galleries, arts organizations, archives and heritage sites.

At the Belkin as part of the exhibition Beginning with the Seventies: GLUT, we welcome kids to take part in Poem Power – For Mighty Kids Who Want to Change the World! Drop in to one of our half-hour sessions and join us as we read from Siv Widerberg’s 1973 children’s book I’m Like Me: Poems for people who want to grow up equal. Kids can write their own poetry, and to inspire the next generation of activism, we’ll be creating slogans at our sign-making workshop. Please note, we have room for 15 child participants per session, and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

In addition to Poem Power at the Belkin, there will be kid-friendly food trucks, photobooths, Thunderbird marching band, crafts, prizes and more across campus. Other events at UBC include:

Fredric Wood Theatre: Th’owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish by Joseph A. Dandurand, 1-3 pm
For all ages, six storytellers from the Kwantlen Village called Squa’lets spin the First Nations tale of Th’owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish. The mouth of Th’owxiya holds the most wonderful foods from around the world. But, if you steal from her, you will pay a terrible price, for Th’owxiya eats children! This show promises to engage the whole family through creative storytelling and humour.

Museum of Anthropology: Takeover Day with youth-led arts, dance and tours, featuring the Zhambai Trio musicians, 10 am-5 pm
Kids will be helping us run the museum for a day. Bring the whole family along for a day of youth-led art activities, dancing, music, social media stories and more!

School of Music: Cinderella, stage tours, costumes and make-up at the Old Auditorium, 11 am-noon
Dreams of unexpected happiness and love play out with spectacular vocal fireworks, witty comedy and delightful music in this 45-minute version of La Cenerentola (Cinderella) by Gioachino Rossini. Performance followed by stage tours and costume and make-up play for young audience members.

For further information please contact: Jana Tyner at,
tel: (604) 822-1389, or fax: (604) 822-6689