Moderated by Janet Smith (Arts Editor, The Georgia Straight) with Jarkko Lehmus (dancer, Tero Saarinen Company and producer, Cirko – Centre for New Circus) and Charlie Wu, (managing director, ACSEA-Asian-Canadian Special Events Association and TAIWANfest).
Co-presented with SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs.
Janet Smith has been covering the arts scene in Vancouver for the past 25 years, covering everything from alleyway operas to tutu ballets. As well as serving as the arts editor for the Georgia Straight, she writes reviews and profiles about the city’s dance scene. straight.com/arts
Jarkko Lehmus has worked internationally on the field of dance and performing arts since 1995 as a multidisciplinary dancer, dance teacher, choreographer, director, actor, artistic director and producer.
In his artistic work Lehmus concentrates on physicality, imagination, emotions and empathy. He is especially interested in combining different art forms and the collaboration between art and science.
In 2005 Lehmus was awarded together with Diana Loosmore an Herald Angel Award for Excellence for performances of Ashley Page’s works at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
You can find more information about Lehmus at Lehmus.Works
<h6>Photo by Jukka Nuutinen.</h6>
Charlie Wu has served as Managing Director of Asian-Canadian Special Events Association since 2004, bringing extensive experience in non-profit arts organizations, marketing, and sponsorship, leading the organization in new directions. In his time as Managing Director, Wu has expanded the organization’s partnerships with other community and arts organizations such as the PuSh Festival, Vancouver International Children’s Festival, and Downtown Vancouver BIA. Under Wu’s direction ACSEA’s main annual event in TAIWANfest was awarded six consecutive Best Cultural Festival Awards by Canadian Events Industry and successfully expanded to downtown Toronto, establishing an invaluable partnership with Harbourfront Centre. TAIWANfest’s success resulted in ACSEA developing LunarFest for the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad, resulting in a Top Ten event that remains an annual celebration.
Wu was also recognized in 2006 by the province of British Columbia as one of the 100 Most Influential Chinese-Canadians and awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal by International Trade Minister Ed Fast for his contribution to Canada’s Asian Pacific development. Wu has also served on the City of Vancouver’s Arts and Culture Policy Advisory Council from 2013 – 2015.