Film screenings planned in Mount Pleasant to highlight issue of public space
A night of film screenings is being planned in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood to spark discussion about the issue of public space.
The Vancouver Public Space Network, a local advocacy group, is hosting the free, outdoor event on Thursday (August 30) at 8:30 p.m.
“What we’re trying to do with this festival and this event is to expand people’s ideas about what public space means,” event organizer Jaspal Marwah told the Straight.
For the event, a parking area behind Our Town Café at Main Street and Broadway is to be converted into a space for film screening. Those who plan to attend are advised to bring something comfortable to sit on.
Marwah said the one-night event will feature a series of short films on topics including street art, the role of technology, urban accessibility, and more.
He said the event is for everyone, whether they have a specific interest in the issue of public space or simply want to learn more. People are invited to pop by to watch only a film or two or stay for the whole event, which is expected to last around two hours.
With rain in the forecast for Thursday, Marwah said plans to hold the event are weather-permitting and it may be rescheduled if necessary.
“Doing things in public spaces in Vancouver is obviously going to present some serious challenges around weather,” he said.
For more information, visit the Vancouver Public Space Network blog here.