Tales from Afar is an evening of stories and presentations by locals who love to travel, write, take photos, and share their treasures. Take a journey from Norway to China, Peru to India, Berlin to Ethiopia, Spain to the South Pacific.
Join local storytellers Bree Switzer, Terence Buie, Lisa Menna, Mark Nykanen, Kristene Peron, Fiona Brown, Margaret Hornby, Shayla Wright, and Bobby Ogletree for an evening of poetry, prose, film, photos, and fun.
This event is inspired as a fundraiser to support two Karen indigenous refugee women from Burma who will be arriving in Nelson this summer. For most of their young lives, Hsa Moo and Htoo Paw have lived in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burmese border, fleeing their country to escape a brutal dictatorship that has killed over a million people.
Randy Janzen, founding member of the Nelson Refugee Committee, says although the committee only formed a couple of years ago, its previous incarnation brought in a Colombian family who still live in the area.
The event takes place at the Oxygen Art Centre (320 Vernon Street, alley entrance) this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 minimum donation at the door.