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Speakers announced for the 16th annual Lulu Series: Art in the City

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 11:14 PDT, Tue September 5, 2023

After a three-year hiatus, the Lulu Series: Art in the City speakers series is back to explore the relationship between art and our urban environment. Artists, planning professionals, designers and anyone interested in the life and form of cities from across Metro Vancouver are invited to attend the following inspirational evening talks in Richmond, free of charge. All events happen at 7 p.m. at Richmond City Hall, Council Chambers.

• Talk No. 1: Cityscape: Creating urban sonic solutions by Milena Droumeva

Date: Thursday, Sept. 21

Milena Droumeva, associate professor of Communication and Glenfraser Endowed professor in Sound Studies at Simon Fraser University will explore the question of how we can reconsider the design and impact of the sound around us. Droumeva’s current project explores best practices for soundscape design in cities and civic participation approaches to storytelling with sound. This talk will be preceded by a musical performance by Konstantin Bozhinov.

• Talk No. 2: Exploring spaces of contestation and sites of unclear jurisdiction by Other Sights

Date: Thursday, Oct. 19

Members of Other Sights, a collective of individuals dedicated to encouraging discourse about shared social spaces, will share a range of recent projects that include a FLEET of Mobile Artist studios, a floating artist residency, a public art performance exploring care recipient autonomy and creative systems of access, and a trio of public artworks that further important dialogues about public spaces on unceded territories. This talk will be preceded by a short performance by members of the Canadian YC Chinese Orchestra.

• Talk No. 3: On Commemoration by Joseph Fry

Date: Thursday, Nov. 23

Through his studio’s work for the Steveston Nikkei Memorial, the Canadian Navy Monument in Ottawa, Yi Fao Park in New Westminster and various design competitions and unrealized works, Joseph Fry, principal at Hapa Collaborative, will review some of the lessons he has learned in pursuing commemorative design work through his career, and shed light on how public art and memorialization in the public sphere is changing in the age of reconciliation. This talk will be preceded by a musical performance by Sam Davidson.

Since 2003, The Lulu Series: Art in the City program has presented international, national and regional speakers including acclaimed artists, architects, urban planners and other cultural leaders. For more information and to reserve seats, visit

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