About Kindling Writers Festival:

Friday, March 22 — Sunday, March 24 Open Space presents Kindling Writers Festival.

KINDLING is a literary festival that celebrates the work of emerging LGBTQ2S+ writers, performers, and artists whose work opens up radical possibilities of care, kinship, and community. Writers Kayla Czaga, Whess Harman, Kimmortal, Alex Leslie, and Jane Shi will feature in this weekend of readings, discussions, workshops, and zine shares alongside featured artists L'Amour Lisik, Reid Urchison, Joy Ngenda, and Kerri Flannigan.

Organized by Open Space artist-run centre, Kindling will unfold on unceded Lekwungen territory (Victoria, BC). The city of Victoria and surrounding areas lie on the territories of the Coast Salish and Lekwungen-speaking peoples, including the Songhees, Esquimalt, and W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations. Open Space respectfully acknowledges its position on these territories. As we gather for this event, we seek to honour the First Peoples who have stewarded these lands since time immemorial, and take seriously the responsibility to support their lives, their self-determination, the work of caring for the land on which we live, and for each other.

The festival will be held between Open Space (510 Fort Street, 2nd floor) and Legacy Gallery (630 Yates Street). Admission to all events is free / by donation.

Please note: While the festival is open to the public, folks from outside LGTBQ2S+ communities are asked to be respectful of their position and the space they take up within these spaces. Please see the community guidelines before attending and get in touch at literary [at] openspace.ca if you have any questions.

 

LOCATIONs and accessibility:

KINDLING will be held between Open Space and Legacy Gallery. We regret that due to budgetary, time, and capacity restrictions, not all events are physically accessible. Open Space as an organization is in the process of evaluating the options for increasing accessibility to the gallery, part of the ongoing work of making the space more supportive and responsive to folks from all communities. We recognize that the limited accessibility restricts who can participate in events at the gallery, and that this represents a loss for the types of conversations that can be held and the work that can be done there.

We are currently exploring ways of engaging programming in off-site spaces and through other means in order to make it accessible. We believe that communities are strengthened by the arts, that it can build critical connections and provide space for transformative expression, and that everyone should have a right to participate in these spaces.

We appreciate any feedback at office@openspace.ca. We thank Legacy Gallery for the opportunity to share space and present some of Kindling’s programming in a more accessible venue.

 

OPEN SPACE ARTS SOCIETY

Open Space is located downtown at 510 Fort Street on the 2nd floor, between Koto Sushi and Little Jumbo restaurants. The gallery is not wheelchair accessible and is accessed by a flight of 23 stairs. There is one step outside to reach the gallery doors. The stairwell is 5 feet wide and has two large landings (approx 5ft x 5ft). The stairs are carpeted and there are white-painted wooden handrails on either side.

The gallery has two gender inclusive washrooms, one multi-stall and one single stall with a urinal. There is a slight slope to enter the hallway with the bathrooms from the main gallery. The soap in the bathroom is scent-free and we ask that folks visiting the gallery are mindful of scent sensitivities and work to reduce their scents.

There will be water and light snacks available at all events. A quiet reading room will be set up in the nook under the mezzanine with a couch, coffee table, books, and zines. Folks are invited to read the material or go there for some quiet.

Staff and volunteers will be oriented to support attendees. They will be visible by a marker of some sorts (TBC).

Buses:
The gallery is right across from the #15 bus stop at Fort and Langley. The 1, 2, 4, 7, 21, 27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 44, 47, 48, 50, 61, 65, 66, 70, 71, 72, 75, 99 can be accessed two blocks up Fort on Douglas Street. At Fort and Douglas, the 3, 6, 11, 14, 15, 22.

Cars:
There is street parking in front of the gallery at the bottom of Fort ($3 hourly rate, max 90 minute stay, free evenings after 6pm and Sundays). The nearest lot is at the corner of Fort and Langley St. ($3.50/hour, $18.50/day til 6pm, $10 from 6pm to 6am). The nearest parkade is the Bastion Square Parkade at Langley and Yates (Monday - Saturday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. first hour free, second and third hour is $2 per hour, fourth hour and up is $3 per hour. Vehicle day rate $17.50. The parkade is free evenings after 6pm and Sundays.)

Bikes:
There is a two-way bike lane directly in front of the gallery on Fort St, with bike racks nearby.

If you have any other questions or concerns in regards to accessibility, please contact office [at] openspace.ca or 250-383-8833.

 
 

LEGACY GALLERY

Legacy Gallery is located at 630 Yates Street, on the corner across from Wild Coffee. The main entrance to Legacy is at street level and there are no steps or gaps to enter the main gallery, inner gallery or washrooms. The main entrance has two sets of heavy doors that must be manually opened. There are additional doors without push buttons to the inner gallery.

Legacy has two single-stall, gender inclusive washrooms. Both of these washrooms have manual doors, and only one provides ample space for mobility devices. The bathrooms are equipped with support bars but the depth of the sink and door handle style may be challenging for some patrons. Unfortunately, we don’t have a change table at this time. Soap in the bathrooms is mildly scented. We ask that folks visiting the gallery are mindful of scent sensitivities and work to reduce their scents

There will be water and light snacks available at all events. There is an inner gallery space that will be set up with chairs as a quiet space.

Staff and volunteers will be oriented to support attendees. They will be visible by a marker of some sorts (TBC)

Buses:
Legacy is down the street from the Yates-Broad Street stop for the 15, 24, 25 buses.

The 3, 4, 11, 14, 15, 21, 22, 27, 28, 30, 31, 50, 70, 72, buses can be accessed at the corner of Fort and Douglas.

Cars:
There is street parking on Broad Street ($3 hourly rate, max 90 minute stay, free evenings after 6pm and Sundays). There is also a lot at 1312 Broad Street ($4/hour, $14 from 6am-6pm). The nearest parkade is the Bastion Square Parkade at Langley and Yates (Monday - Saturday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. first hour free, second and third hour is $2 per hour, fourth hour and up is $3 per hour. Vehicle day rate $17.50. The parkade is free evenings after 6pm and Sundays.

Bikes:
There are bike racks located on the corners across from Legacy at the intersection of Yates and Broad Street.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding accessibility at Legacy, please contact legacy [at] uvic.ca or call 250-721-6562.