Instead of offering books made of paper, though, we offer a real person that can be signed-out for a one-to-one conversation, with a goal of breaking down barriers. It is a place where personal stories and experiences come together and “readers“ listen, question, share and learn. “Books“ share diverse life experiences, stories and perspectives in an effort to create understanding, awareness of others and also to create a sense of community.
Our “books“ belong to one or many diverse groups in society that are often stigmatized as a result of who they are, choices they have made, or an experience they have had. We want to break through the stereotypes and prejudices that divide people by creating a safe space where honest conversations can take place, and curious questions can be asked.
WE ARE STILL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR “BOOKS“ ~~ PLEASE EMAIL BIARTSFESTIVAL@GMAIL.COM FOR MORE INFO. ON HOW TO APPLY.
Buddies is fully accessible to audience members, and our cabaret stage is also accessible to performers. Seating is flexible and this workshop will be set up with individual tables and chairs for one to one conversations. The entrance from the street is accessed by ramp for all patrons. Washrooms are located on the lower level, which can be reached by attendant-operated elevator. Some stalls are equipped with bars and provide extra space, though patrons with larger mobility devices may find it a tight fit.** NB the washrooms are being renovated this summer and we will update this information when the building reopens. Washroom facilities are not designated by gender and all patrons are free to use the washroom of their choosing.
Please join us in creating a scent-free environment for this and all Bi Arts Festival events. Check out Peggy Munson on being fragrance-free (goo.gl/Fi8uHy) & Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha on how to achieve this and why it matters (goo.gl/a8515A).