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Summer Block Party

Rungh Readings: Summer Block Party
Hogans Alley Society Presents Summer Block Party.
Rungh Readings: Summer Block Party
Hogans Alley Society Presents Summer Block Party.

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Join Hogan’s Alley Society and Rungh Cultural Society for a Summer Block Party event! Readings/performance, “Antiracism archive activation”.

Vancouver – Hogan’s Alley Society, in partnership with Rungh Cultural Society, is hosting an afternoon of readings from Rungh’s Antiracism issue. This event will be an archive “activation” as well as a showcase for new work by emerging and established artists.

“Rungh is thrilled to be working in partnership with Hogan’s Alley Society on this archive “reactivation” project”, stated Zool Suleman, Rungh’s Executive Director.

“Rungh’s Antiracism issue featured pointed and political work on the theme by Wayde Compton, Phinder Dulai, Peter Hudson, and many others. This event is a part of the newly relaunched Rungh Readings events”.

“I have long been an admirer of Rungh’s engagements with notions of ‘multiculturalism’, ‘race’ and ‘belonging’, and their deployments of the Beautiful to speak (another) truth to the power of the Ugly” says Adam Rudder, co-chair of the Hogan’s Alley Society, “we welcome this opportunity to coordinate efforts and collaborate on themes and topics that are, in my opinion, central to the work we do as well”.

Thank you to the City of Vancouver for support through VIVA Vancouver, Cultural Services and the NEFC Plan.


Darcy McFadden, Patrick Pouponneau, Naomi Grace.

Darcy McFadden
Darcy McFadden is a local educator, writer and performer who has called Vancouver home since 1995. His eclectic background in the arts included early international performing stints (singing with Leonard Bernstein and the Houston Symphony Chorale and touring Europe with America’s Youth in Concert). His trans-Canadian background includes tours with Celebration’s Dinner Theatre, a 1992 Toronto Grey Cup performance and numerous Rainbow Stage performances in Winnipeg (his hometown). After graduating from Southwestern University (in Texas), he subsidized his performing career with stints in the travel industry (Continental Airlines and Royal Caribbean). Darcy launched his home-based Project 5 Enterprise in 2000, which allows him to blend his artistic and charitable interests. He has worked with the YMCA, Lonsdale Elementary and Sylvan Learning. He also volunteered with the Grandview-Woodland Policing Department, BCPWA, IAS 2015, The Centre, Vancouver Fringe, 2010 Olympics and Positive Living BC. A volunteer stint as Conversational English instructor at Gordon House led to Darcy attaining a second degree from UBC (Elementary Education). His education training has positively influenced Darcy’s writing and performing. Locally, he won an Abasa Optical Essay Contest and Third Place in the West End Writer’s Contest. In 2015, Darcy wrote, directed and starred in LOCO HERO JOE (a musical based on the life of local Vancouver lifeguard and hero Joe Fortes!) at the Vancouver Fringe. Most recently Darcy volunteered at the recent Four Continents and Canadian Figure Skating Championships. He also completed a series of Leadership Training Workshops and worked on an Evaluation project with PLDI.
Naomi Gracechild
Patrick Pouponneau is a writer, poet, activist, and musician based in Vancouver, Canada. Patrick works alongside marginalized populations and channels the beauty found at the bottom of oppressive societal structures into hopeful pieces based on the written word. Patrick is a winner of the Lynn Edwards Award, holds a Business Degree from Camosun College, and is currently walking beside the residents of Vancouver’s Downtown East Side.
Naomi Gracechild
Naomi Gracechild (she/her/hers) is a multidisciplinary artist, educator,and antiracism activist of Afro-Caribbean and European descent, born and currently residing on the unceded ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Watuth and Squamish peoples. Born into a musical family, art has always been a part of Naomi’s life. Since childhood she has studied the arts in various capacities including piano, voice, theatre and visual arts. The learning process never stops and she is constantly learning, growing, changing and evolving. Naomi is an advocate of public access to art and believes deeply in its sacred power to heal communities, document history, define culture and transform lives.


Rungh. Means. Colour. Rungh is a Canadian multidisciplinary space for creative explorations, featuring work by Indigenous, Black and People of Colour artists. Comprising of a magazine, programming, archive, advocacy and more, Rungh is committed to Canada-wide conversations by and about people of colour. Rungh questions and challenges ideas about diversity in the Canadian cultural landscape.Rungh is a member of the Magazine Association of BC, the British Columbia Alliance for Arts and Culture, the Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres (PAARC), and an Associate Member of the BC Museums Association.

The Hogan’s Alley Society (HAS) a non-profit organization composed of civil rights activists, business professionals, community organizations, artists, writers and academics committed to daylighting the presence of Black history in Vancouver and throughout British Columbia. HAS adopts research driven approach to community development that seeks to preserve and promote the historical, cultural, societal and economic contributions made by Black Settlers and their descendants to Vancouver, Greater Vancouver, the Province of British Columbia, the Pacific Northwest and Canada. With this history in the archives, HAS is in process of developing partnerships with local government and business interests to acquire and develop land and operate assets as a community land trust.