Maker Show + Tell at The Rio Theatre
7:30pm - Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013
The Maker movement is alive and well in Vancouver – and coming to the Rio Theatre.
The Vancouver Maker Foundation is pleased to present Maker Show + Tell, an intimate and interactive evening featuring select speakers, their stories, live music, an interactive Q&A and more! Whether you're already a part of Vancouver's Maker community or are looking to learn more about it, join us for a fun and memorable evening that's sure to leave you inspired.
Featuring Vancouver Makers including John Biehler, Reilly Yeo, Adam Barlev, Karl Brown, Brian Archer, Victoria Gibson, Bunny Glue (aka Anna Bernhardt), Mr. Fire-Man and the music of the Legion of Flying Monkeys.
For those not in the know, the international Maker Faire exhibition - family-friendly festivals featuring a vast array of D.I.Y. invention, creativity and resourcefulness - bills itself as “The Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth.”
This past June, Vancouver’s third Annual Mini Maker Faire welcomed upwards of 5,000 attendees and 150 exhibitors over two days at the PNE. The Founder and Creative Director of the non-profit Vancouver Maker Foundation that hosts and curates the events, Emily Smith, was both delighted and stunned by the level of attention it received. “After such an incredible turnout and reception this year, the collective felt the need to diversify into something more regular and intimate,” says Smith.
Taking a cue from the success of the annual event, which brings together a broad range of Vancouver artists, hobbyists, creative, collectives, small businesses and musicians, the first Maker Show + Tell night will be taking place at the Rio. “I was looking for a way to keep the event alive in the community beyond just the big event,” she says. “And the Rio is the perfect place for us to do that.”
In addition to fundraising for the non-profit organization committed to building a strong and vibrant community of Makers in the city, the goal of the evening is to both celebrate and showcase some of the collective’s personalities and their stories in an intimate, fun, and dynamic way. “The Vancouver Maker community is so diverse, but the one thing everyone has in common is their personal story and their relationship to their craft – what motivates them, frustrates them, successes, failures, and why what they do matters. It’s inspiring and interesting stuff, and people are naturally curious. This night is a way for makers to show, and tell, their stories.”
The driving purpose behind the Maker movement is ultimately about connecting like-minded tinkerers as a networked community; cross-pollinating ideas, sharing resources, and inspiring one another in exploring passion projects, hobbies, businesses, or achieving their unique goals.
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