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Global Soundscapes Festival

2019/05/22 (Wednesday)

Global Soundscapes Festival

A Celebration of Japanese & Canadian Music

May 31 until June 13, 2019

Waterfront Theatre w/ concerts at other Vancouver venues

and the Ucluelet Community Centre

Tickets $20 – $35, plus free and pay-what-you-can performances

Festival Flex Passes available

Tickets and information at: vi-co.org


The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra’s (VICO) presents the 2019 Global Soundscapes Festival celebrating the intersection of Canadian cultures with musical traditions from all over the world through the creation and performance of intercultural music. This year’s edition features the instruments and traditions of Japan as well as other world cultures.


VICO is excited to welcome international guests Naomi Sato (sho), Harrie Starreveld (shakuhachi), Miyama Tokita-McQueen (koto), and Yuji Nakagawa (sarangi). They will perform alongside a who’s who of musicians, composers, and guest ensembles from BC’s vibrant contemporary classical and world music scenes.


At eleven concerts primarily held at the Waterfront Theatre as well as other Vancouver venues, with a special concert performance in Ucluelet on Vancouver Island, the festival presents a rich diversity of intercultural works, unique collaborations and world premieres. Featured concerts include “Debris”, a new mini-opera by Rita Ueda inspired by the 2011 tsunami and the debris that washed up along the west coast of North America, a special evening where the sounds and instruments of Japan mingle with those of India, a musical showcase co-presented with the Powell Street Festival Society, a gala evening featuring both world and Canadian premieres – and so much more!

From tradition to cutting edge innovation, this year’s Global Soundscapes Festival promises a stunning smorgasbord of sounds and rhythms with inspired connections across continents, cultures and centuries. Join us for some brilliant music without borders!

For the complete schedule check out vi-co.org