Il était une fois Vancouver


Call for Artists

The Alliance Française Vancouver, in its desire to provide access to creative, cultural and educational activities in French or translated in French to Francophones and Francophiles in Vancouver, in particular youth, families and seniors, is launching the project “Il était une Fois Vancouver/Once upon a time Vancouver”

AFV is looking for artists to work together on this project that promotes cross-cultural understanding and inclusion. 

The project: Theatrical Storytelling for kids and families

Once Upon a Time Vancouver is a project of theatrical Storytelling that will be presented free of charge, once-a-month, to kids and families in Vancouver, British Columbia and elsewhere, from January to December 2022

Each Storytelling time, lasting between 15 and 30 minutes, will be led by an artist or a duo of artists using any medium they wish - puppets, mime, music, objects, digital tools, etc. - around a theme celebrating the cultural diversity of Vancouver. Each project will be an original creation or an adaptation based on themes, literary works, tales or legends specific to British Columbia's minority communities. 

Depending on health restrictions, the Storytelling time will be presented to a small audience, in an intimate setting, and will be filmed. The recording of the presentation will be edited for free access on the Alliance Française Vancouver's Youtube channel.  

These monthly meetings will be an opportunity to honor celebrations such as National Indigenous Peoples Month, Black History Month, Chinese New Year, Deepavali, Pride Month, etc. 

We are looking for 

We are looking for semi-professional or professional artists: 

  •  Interested in themes, literary works, stories or legends specific to minority communities in British Columbia  
  •  Who propose one or more artistic disciplines that can be adapted in a light staging format  
  • Able to create content geared towards a target audience of 5 to 12 years old 

We offer

  • rehearsal space 
  •  A performance space (for 1 unique performance – small settings such as library space) 
  • fee per participating artist (up to 2 artists per project) 
  • The management of the project in terms of logistics, communication and public 
  • Professional filming and editing of the footage   

Our conditions

  • The artist must collaborate in the promotion of its performance
  •  The artist must accept that the performance be filmed and distributed online, for free access  
  • The artist must propose a light staging format with minimal technical requirements 

Your candidature

If you are interested in participating or if you have any questions, please send an email to Fanny SURZUR, Alliance Française Culture Manager :

This project is financed by the government of Canada