MEDIA RELEASE: International exhibition of folktales and fairy tales makes West Coast debut

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Vancouver, BC – December 9 – Read Me a Story, a multicultural showcase of more than 1,200 stories from 120 countries formally opened today at the Roundhouse Community Centre.

Until December 16, 2015, families from across the Lower Mainland will have a unique opportunity to discover the world’s rich cultural diversity and read a wide range folktales and fairy tales on display at the third international showing of the Read Me a Story Exhibition.

Organized by the Soka Gakkai International Association of Canada (SGI Canada) in partnership with the Roundhouse Community Centre, the Read Me a Story Exhibition features more than 20 “panorama picture books” – large murals of original artwork more than two metres tall created by an international group of artists that illustrate folktales and fairy tales from around the world.

“The exhibition was created to give people a wonderful opportunity to learn about the culture of others through their folktales and fairy tales,” said Joely Collins, a representative of the Soka Gakkai International Association of Canada (SGI Canada). “We hope that as you walk through the exhibit, look at the murals and read the stories, you will appreciate the unique elements within different cultures, and also see the many things we all have in common.”

More than 100 volunteers have come together from across the Lower Mainland to support the Exhibition. These volunteers are supporting visitors and classroom groups that have reserved guided tours of the exhibit (a limited number of tours are still available. For details, visit the “For Educators” page at www.readmeastory.ca).

In a message for the opening of the exhibition, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said, “Vancouver’s strong multicultural fabric showcases the vibrancy of our city and provides citizens with the opportunity to engage in a variety of educational and cultural events. The Read Me a Story exhibition, featuring 1,200 fairytales and folktales from 120 countries, is an exciting addition to literacy in our community. By promoting literacy, education, the exploration of new cultures and by celebrating Canadian multiculturalism, this exhibition will be a thought-provoking and entertaining event for families and youth across the city. I hope everyone has a wonderful time visiting the exhibition!”

On why the exhibition was created, Daisaku Ikeda, a prolific writer, and president of Soka Gakkai International, said, “Children possess the universe in their hearts. They have the ability to transform everything they see or hear into something precious. To our children, who are natural born poets, we want to be able to show the beauty of our world. We hope we might plant “seeds of goodness” in their hearts and provide them with spiritual nourishment so they can grow up fearless and carefree. This is our responsibility as adults. Children are the treasures of humanity and it is to them we entrust the future.”

On until December 16, 2015 at the Roundhouse Community Centre, the Read Me a Story Exhibition is a free, inclusive and family friendly exhibition that celebrates the world’s rich cultural diversity. It aims to: inspire empathy and understanding; arouse creativity, curiosity and imagination; and emphasize the importance of literacy for children and families. For more information, visit www.readmeastory.ca.

 

Media Contact:

Joely Collins
readmeastory604@gmail.com

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Opening ceremony for multicultural exhibition of 1,200 stories from 120 countries

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Vancouver, BC, December 7 – Media are invited to attend the opening ceremony of the third international showing of the Read Me a Story Exhibition: a multicultural showcase of folktales and fairy tales from around the world.

Location:      Roundhouse Community Centre Exhibition Hall

Date:            
Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Time:            
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Quick Facts:

  • The exhibition features more than 20 “panorama picture books” – murals (2 metres tall by 2-3 metres wide) of original artwork  that illustrate folktales and fairy tales created by an international group of artists.
  • Families, children, and student groups will have an opportunity to read and explore 1,200 picture books from nearly every continent, written in several different languages.
  • The Exhibition originally toured throughout Japan and had its first international showing in Toronto in 2002, and a subsequent Canadian showing in Edmonton in 2006. The exhibition makes its West Coast debut in Vancouver at the Roundhouse Community Centre.
  • More than 100 volunteers have come together from across the Lower Mainland to support the Exhibition.
  • Classroom groups can reserve to a limited number of exhibit tours. Details at readmeastory.ca.

Media Contact:

Joely Collins
readmeastory604@gmail.com

Information for Educators

BC Curriculum-relevant activities for classes in K-9

Teachers of students in grades Kindergarten to Grade 9 are invited to reserve a time to participate in a free interactive, engaging and educational program developed by fellow educators that’s designed to meet important learning outcomes for each Grade within the new BC Curriculum.

As part of the free program, teachers will receive a package containing information and activities for students that can be completed before, during and following the class visit to the Exhibition.

Among the major themes that will be explored in these activities led by trained Read Me a Story Activity Coordinators:

  • The value of language and literature to help us find meaning and joy
  • How exploring a rich diversity of texts deepens our understanding and develops our ability to make connections, express ideas and think critically
  • How inquiry, curiosity and thoughtful reflection in story and text deepens our understanding of self, identity and humanity
  • Discovering how artistry and precision in language are powerful tools in communicating for specific audiences and purposes

For more information, please send an email to readmeastory604@gmail.com, or register online at: http://readmeastory.simplybook.me/

Planning for your day at the Exhibition

The Read Me a Story Exhibition is held in the Exhibition Hall at the Roundhouse Community Centre, which is located on the former Expo site at the corner of Davie & Pacific. View Map and Get Directions

Walking: From Granville Street, head east five blocks down Davie.

Skytrain: The Yaletown – Roundhouse Canada Line Station is 200 metres from us.

Bus: Buses C21 & C23 stop within feet of the Roundhouse.

Driving: Underground pay parking is available, access off Drake (south of Pacific Blvd).

Parking

Monday to Friday
7am-6pm – $2/hour, no daily max

Monday to Sunday, Holidays
6-11pm – $3 flat rate

Saturday, Sunday and Holidays
7am-6pm – $2/hour
$12 max per day
6-11pm – $3 max

Parking rates may change from posted. Please check the EasyPark website.