Heart Of The World: The Cinema & Venue

November 14th, 2006 | people I know

Heart of the World.

My friend Jhayne Holmes is trying to do something amazing right now.

She found an old cinema in Vancouver, built in 1910 and most recently used as a Bollywood house. It used to be The New York, where Neil Young and Sonic Youth once played. And it’s up for sale.

Jhayne wants to turn it into a 21st Century “multi-disciplinary arts facility featuring inspiring work from all over the globe that recaptures and surpasses its previous glory.” And she wants to call it Heart Of The World.

Heart of the World is to address the contemporary artistic and creative needs of the constantly evolving geographic location in which it is situated, offering competitive rates and a multi-faceted performance space. Complete with a full sized stage, a balcony with box seats, and a fully functional projection booth, the bones of the space hold limitless promise – able to show films, dance, theatrical productions, acoustic and amplified concerts, and cabaret events. In the foyer, artists both local and international will be able to advantageously display their work, whether it is photography, painting, drawing or sculpture. As a web presence, Heart of the World will offer podcasts of performances, a gallery of streaming video of performers, the chance to chat with featured artists, and up-to-date interviews, reviews and schedule listings.

What she needs right now is financing. She needs sponsors, she needs investment angels, she needs donors. And she needs endorsements: something as small as writing to pledge that you would perform or exhibit at Heart Of The World. All information is here in the link.


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