HUMAN LIBRARY - Push Festival (Stop The Violence)

  • 350 West Georgia Street Coast Salish Territories

Stop The Violence (Copenhagen, Denmark) / Zee Zee Theatre (Vancouver, Canada)

January 17–19, 24–26, 31, February 1–2
Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch
3rd Floor, 350 West Georgia Street

12:00–5:00PM (20 min)


Borrow a book, discover a person. That’s the premise behind Human Library, an experiential work that began in Denmark and has gained huge popularity around the globe, with iterations popping up at local libraries in such countries as Australia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Singapore, Brazil, England and Germany.

First presented in Vancouver at the 2013 PuSh Festival, and back by overwhelming demand, Human Library is a curated collection of ‘human books’ covering an eclectic range of subjects, from “Drag Queen” to “Cultural Pirate” and “Born Again Christian.” Sign out one of thirty human books at the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch, start your one-on-one conversation and the rest is up to you.

After the brutal attack of a mutual friend, Stop the Violence, a collective of five individuals, created Human Library in 2000 in Copenhagen. Designed to promote dialogue, reduce prejudices and encourage understanding, Human Library is a meaningful, interactive experience that connects people who might not otherwise have the opportunity to know each other. Be a part of this international phenomenon.

Zee Zee Theatre, co-producer of the local production of Human Library (curated by associate producer Dave Deveau), is a company devoted to telling small stories in the lives of the marginalized. The company explores intimate moments through which limitless humanity and depth of character can be revealed.

>> ...eye-opening...a very good read. << The Province


Tickets: Free
Human books are available on a first-come, first-served basis during event hours.

Stop the Violence: Creators: Ronni Abergel, Dany Abergel, Thoomas Bertelsen, Christoffer Erichsenm, Asma Mouna • Zee Zee Theatre: Managing artistic director: Cameron Mackenzie | Associate producer & playwright-in-residence: Dave Deveau