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UNFINISHED SPACES

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AN AVIARY FILM SCREENING

The Aviary is pleased to present our inaugural film night, July 13th, 2017. We have selected the film titled "Unfinished Spaces" which documents the story of Cuba's National Art Schools that are beautiful and provocative yet remain unfinished and decayed.

Aviary cofounders, Andrea McLean and Stella Boyland, participated in the 2004 summer studies abroad program to Cuba as part of their Masters of Architecture program at the University of British Columbia. It was during this trip that they became close friends, and Andrea met her future husband, Sergio, who is Cuban.

Join us for an evening of architecture, design, and travel inspiration. We will be playing Cuban music, and serving authentic mojitos and rositas de maiz (popcorn) to get you in the mood for this fantastic film!

Date: July 13th, 2017
Doors: 8pm
Screening: 9pm til late
Entry: $8.00
Drinks: By donation

*Seats are limited, tickets will only be sold at the door space permitting
*Photos copyright Andrea McLean



MORE ABOUT THE FILM

Unfinished Spaces
Directed by Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray
2011

Cuba's ambitious National Art Schools project, designed by three young artists in the wake of Castro's Revolution, is neglected, nearly forgotten, then ultimately rediscovered as a visionary architectural masterpiece.

In 1961, three young, visionary architects were commissioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to create Cuba's National Art Schools on the grounds of a former golf course in Havana, Cuba. Construction of their radical designs began immediately and the school's first classes soon followed. Dancers, musicians and artists from all over the country revelled in the beauty of the schools, but as the dream of the Revolution quickly became a reality, construction was abruptly halted and the architects and their designs were deemed irrelevant in the prevailing political climate. Forty years later the schools are in use, but remain unfinished and decaying. Castro has invited the exiled architects back to finish their unrealized dream.