ALERT to Bard patrons – BRIDGE CLOSURE: On Saturday, September 23, the Burrard Bridge will be completely closed to traffic all day, including the periods before and after our performances. Please plan to use an alternate route, and allow some additional time to get to Vanier Park for our 2pm or 7:30pm start times.

Community

We celebrate the diversity of our region by inviting students of all ages, cultural backgrounds, neighbourhoods, gender expressions, abilities and personalities to play and experience Shakespeare with us.

We believe in the power of Shakespeare’s language and stories to support individual identity while nurturing compassion and collaboration. We practice this philosophy through all of our programs.

Young Shakespeareans
Children and teens play Shakespeare with guidance from professional theatre artists, on our stages and year-round at the BMO Theatre Centre.

Bard for Life
Non-professional adults play Shakespeare in a lively supportive context in this recreational program at the BMO Theatre Centre.

Bard Explored
Festival patrons and the general public learn more about Shakespeare, his life and his plays through this series of talks, discussions and special events.

Bard in Your Neighbourhood
Bard partners with community organizations to bring no-cost workshops and residencies to the youth they serve.

The Bard Education Bursary Fund
Established in 2009 by the Bard Volunteers, the fund helps individuals, families, schools and organizations overcome financial barriers to participation in our programs. We currently raise and distribute approximately $20,000/year.