The site will serve as a gathering place for the community and the containers will house creative venues such as a gallery, theatre and film screening spaces. ContainR will also include a kiosk, a library and an incubator and experimental work spaces with an emphasis on the arts, design, gardening, food and technology. The majority of the programming on the site will be free and year-round.
The new community will be on a two-acre vacant lot on the corner of 2 Ave. NW and 9 St. S.W. (just east of the C-Train tracks in Sunnyside). ContainR has rented the land through 2015.
ContainR popped up last fall in the East Village during the Fluid Movement Festival and it was also an official Vancouver Olympics cultural site and event. The Sunnyside ContainR location is presented by Springboard Performance in partnership with Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association.
This Sunday from 2 to 5 is the official opening of the space with a Green Day Picnic to celebrate the community and all things green. People are invited to bring their own picnics and lawn chairs for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and live music.
For more information go to springboardperformance.com.