Share your Canada 150 story and get free soup at this art installation

Jul 20 2017, 5:54 pm

Montreal-based art non-profit ATSA (When Art Takes Action) is hitting up Vancouver next week to host a powerful installation as part of The Drum is Calling Festival.

‘While Having Soup’ will be taking place downtown on the corner of Cambie Street and Georgia Street, from Friday, July 28 to Sunday to July 30.

But this isn’t your average installation.

ATSA is teaming up with the Canada 150+ team to engage Indigenous and non-Indigenous Vancouverites at the installation site – over a free bowl of soup.

You can go along to ‘While Having Soup’ and enjoy face-to-face conversations on a variety of relevant and charged topics. The reason behind the event is that Canada 150+ sees some Canadians celebrating 150 years of Confederation while others are seeking to shine light on the generational trauma resulting from systematic and intentional Indigenous assimilation policies with #Resist150.

One of the cool features of this engaging installation is that each participant gets to share their story in a ‘three-course dialogue’ during the amount of time it takes to consume a bowl of soup.

Through conversation, the installation aims to build a collection of different personal encounters and it provides the opportunity to build bridges within the community.

So if you want to join in on Canada 150 + celebrations and share your story, simply visit the installation during The Drum is Calling Festival and enjoy some free soup as you chat.

The free event is one of many taking place throughout the nine day festival celebrating Indigenous arts, culture, film, fashion, music, and more. You can check out the full event schedule for the festival online to see what’s happening near you.

For more information about the ‘While Having Soup’ installation and the work ATSA does, visit the non-profit online.

Canada 150 and ATSA installation 

When: July 28 to July 30
Where: The corner of Cambie Street and Georgia Street

The Drum is Calling Festival


  • July 23 – 27, 1 to 10 pm
  • July 28-29, 1 to 11 pm

Where: Main festival site at Larwill Park, Vancouver Playhouse Theatre, Vancouver Public Library Atrium, Queen Elizabeth Theatre Lobby and QET Plaza.

Price: Free –  Register online prior to events taking place at the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre and Queen Elizabeth Theatre Lobby

Daily Hive is a proud media sponsor of The Drum is Calling Festival

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