Ideafest 2017

Phoenix Theatre Human Library: Borrow a book, discover a person

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Phoenix Theatre (PNX)Lobby (Drop-in event)

March 11

10:00am - 4:00pm

Phoenix Theatre Human Library: Borrow a book, discover a person

On Saturday March 11, 2017 please join us to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the University of Victoria’s Department of Theatre in a very original way. Enter the lobby of the Phoenix Theatre, and discover the circulation desk where our volunteers will register you with your own Human Library card and offer to lend you one of a dozen possible human books. In choosing from titles like 'Actor', 'Playwright' or 'Producer', you’ll sign one out and be connected to the person behind that title. A one-on-one informal conversation will begin and the rest is up to you. Interact live with Phoenix pioneers, current educators and industry professionals. Whether you wish to connect with the past, or make connections for the future, there will be a book for you.

The Human Library is FREE and open to the public. Bookings can only be made same-day, and must be done in person in the Phoenix Theatre lobby. Books are on a rotating schedule and are subject to availability, so please be aware that not every book will be available during all hours the Human Library is open.

Please arrive earlier than before you expect to 'read' your book. Books are checked out on a first come, first served basis starting at 9:30am, thirty minutes before the human library opens.

Find us on our:  Facebook Event Page and Faculty of Fine Arts Event Page

The Human Library initiative is an international phenomenon designed to promote dialogue, and encourage understanding by connecting people who under normal circumstances might not have had a chance to just sit down and talk. The first Human Library was created by: Ronni Abergel, Dany Abergel, Christoffer Erichsen and Asma Mouna (Stop The Violence), and was held in Denmark in 2000. The concept has since gained huge popularity and momentum. Over the past twelve years in over sixty-five countries, thousands of 'human books' have connected with 'readers' of all walks of life.