This year’s International Women’s Day at MOA is a unique intergenerational, intercultural celebration of women supporting women.
Through the voices of women from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, we explore what it means to be a woman—in this time, in this city, in this world. This special night at MOA features dance, rap, song, poetry, improvisation and powerful words by Vancouver’s emerging and established women artists. The night showcases the diversity, strength, breadth and depth of women’s experiences, their resilience and unique voices through the power of the arts.
International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
Co-curated with dancer, rapper and community organizer, Kayla Vargas; JUNO-winning musician and community organizer, Meredith Bates; and singer/songwriter and musician, Chelsea Johnson.
Musqueam Welcome + Opening Remarks | 7 pm
Vancouver Improvised Arts Society | 7:10 pm
A jazz performance that celebrates the intersections of gender, race, and social status by encouraging the mingling of mediums and genres.
Zahra Shabah | 7:40 pm
A personal, contemporary dance that explores sexuality and sensuality through the lens of an Islamic upbringing and a queer/sex positive future.
Kathara Pilipino Indigenous Arts Collective | 8:10 pm
A traditional Filipino dance performance by a community-based company dedicated to the promotion of the cultural arts and history of the Philippines Indigenous peoples.
Kayla Vargas | 8:25 pm
A rap, music and dance performance from a first-generation immigrant Philipinx—one of Vancouver’s powerhouse community builders and cultural connectors.
Chelsea D.E. Johnson + Friends | 8:40 pm
Soul, funk and poetry from a Vancouver veteran musician who will also lead an interactive, soul-rising choir of women and audience in song.
All ages welcome!