Community Connections

The Healing Power of the Arts – World Mental Health Day / Photo – Matilde Cervantes

Thanks to the following Community Partners for collaborating with us on many of our initiatives:

Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA)

Community Partner Network (CPN)

Here Magazine

Family Service of Greater Victoria (FSGV)

Victoria Native Friendship Centre (VNFC)

First Peoples’ Cultural Council

Primary Colours

University of Victoria (Department of Theatre, Department of Writing, Department of Indigenous Education)

Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA)

The District of Saanich

Canoo

Puente Theatre

Greater Victoria Public Library (GVPL)

VocalEye

Iyé Collective

Black History Awareness Society

UVic Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health

Visible Bodies Collective

Family Caregivers BC

The City of Victoria

Beacon Community Services

Bateman Foundation

Raino Dance

Support Network for Indigenous Women & Women of Colour (SNIWWOC)

Collaborative projects with community partners are essential for the co-creation of safe spaces for arts engagement that contribute to the vibrant and healthy cultural ecosystem of the region. We believe in the arts as a tool for social change towards social justice, and its positive educational component and value in the collective as a community.

Sheldon Elter, Andy Moro & Tara Beagan / The Ministry of Grace – Rehearsal Photos by Peter Pokorny

Indigenous, Black and People of Colour (IBPoC) at the Belfry

This initiative is an opportunity for cultural administrators and artists who identify as members of the IBPoC community to meet, share, and identify their needs. It is an opportunity for cultural organizations, and those who support the IBPoC community, to listen to the thoughts and feelings of these unique individuals The Belfry is committed to supporting diverse artists and administrators and determining ways of moving forward towards greater inclusivity in the arts in our region.

The Belfry Theatre recognizes that, in many cases, extra effort is required to ensure the inclusion of IBPoC artists and administrators in the cultural ecology of this region. Our goal is to offer a safe space where they can gather, share, support one another, and help to chart a more inclusive future.

Intercultural Access

Through this program Immigrant ESL students from the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria are offered the opportunity to attend performances at the Belfry, meeting with a member of the Belfry staff prior to curtain for an introduction to the play.

This program is offered in partnership with Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA).

Canoo

As a member of Canoo, the Belfry offers free admission for new citizens during their first year of citizenship.

Canoo (formerly known as the Cultural Access Pass program) is a mobile app that helps new Canadian citizens celebrate their citizenship by providing free admission to over 1400 museums, science centres, art galleries, parks, theatres, and historic sites across Canada.

You can learn more about Canoo here.

Indigenous Showcase

By hosting Lindsay Delaronde’s annual Indigenous showcase, we are honoured to provide the community with a space where they can better understand and connect to the Indigenous performing arts through the works of local Indigenous artists in a contemporary and traditional/cultural performance of song, dance, and storytelling. Indigenous showcases are a valuable space for understanding the best practices of protocol and safe space for all our Indigenous guests.

Belfry@UVic Series and Belfry@CCPA

The Belfry is committed to creating opportunities for post-secondary students on the Island to meet and learn from professional Canadian theatre artists. Throughout the season, our guest artists visit UVic and the Canadian College of Performing Arts, addressing the students about their lived experience working in the theatre.

The Flame – Storytelling

Photo – Matilde Cervantes

Your story, your voice. Based on New York’s famous Moth storytelling event, and The Flame events in Vancouver, members of our community share stories that are true and personal. Facilitated by award-winning actress and playwright Deborah Williams, you can count on a lively evening, including music from local artists, and a crowd of new and familiar faces.

Most Flame events are preceded by a two-day intensive story-telling workshop led by Deborah Williams.

The Flame is presented in partnership with HERE Magazine and the Greater Victoria Public Library (GVPL).

VocalEye Performance & Accessibility

Jameson Parker at a Touch Tour / Photo by Peter Pokorny

A “described” performance for patrons with low or no vision, followed by a touch tour of the stage, with members of the cast.

The theatre is equipped with an infra-red hearing assist system. We have 6 headsets available through the Box Office.

The Belfry is wheelchair accessible, including a wheelchair-accessible washroom. To avoid stairs, you can enter via the ramp on the west side of the building (off Gladstone Avenue).

To learn more about Accessibility at the Belfry, click here.

Scripts of the Season’s Plays

Want to read the script, before or after seeing the show? We have reading copies available for you to enjoy in the comfort of our lobby, as well as one of the best collections of Canadian plays on our lobby bookshelf.