Defining Silence

Event Details


OMG What will you wear? Get ready for SPLASH 2012, the most anticipated art event of the year, on Saturday, October 13th.

September 25 – For Immediate Release

Once again, the red carpet rolls out for Vancouver’s glitterati in honour of SPLASH, Arts Umbrella’s signature fundraising event, and one of Vancouver’s most prestigious and high profile charitable art auctions.

2012 marks the 30th anniversary of Splash – the theme for this year’s magical night is Defining Silence, inspired by the allure of the silent film era, dedicated to celebrating the past, present and future of Arts Umbrella.

Attended by 500 of Vancouver’s business and community leaders, arts patrons, collectors, and art enthusiasts, this spectacular art auction and gala is expected to generate over $400,000 in net proceeds for the students of Arts Umbrella. Since its inception in 1983, Splash is estimated to have raised over four million dollars to support the not-for-profit.

The bash begins at 6:30pm with art viewings, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. As it unfolds, the evening promises wonder and entertainment with Live and Silent auctions (including artwork by prominent local artists who have been donating to Splash for nearly 30 years), a spectacular performance by the Arts Umbrella Dance Company, the Virgin Atlantic Showcase draw, dancing at the After Party with DJ Freelance, and much more!

To mark this milestone, Arts Umbrella is announcing CBC Vancouver as the stunning new venue for this esteemed gala; this change in venue is the first in the event’s 30-year history, traditionally held on Granville Island. The expansive CBC production studios are being transformed into a breathtaking art gallery space and a glitzy and glamorous gala.

Gloria Macarenko, CBC News Co-Anchor, is set to host the evening, as guests enjoy inspirational performances by Arts Umbrella students, live music and culinary delights throughout the evening. Most importantly, Splash is an opportunity to bid on an exceptional collection of art by leading artists from British Columbia and around the world, followed by an exceptional after-party!

Tickets for the 30th anniversary of Splash are now available online. To purchase your tickets, or for more information on Splash 2012: Defining Silence, please visit

About Arts Umbrella

Arts Umbrella is a not-for-profit arts education center for young people ages 2-19 years, reaching more than 24,000 children and youth annually through tuition-based and free-of-charge outreach programs. For more than 33 years, Arts Umbrella has provided high-quality arts education in dance, theatre, music, and visual and digital arts, catering to children of all artistic interests and skill levels.

Arts Umbrella is dedicated to making arts education available to as many children and youth as possible in Metro Vancouver, regardless of their socio-economic circumstances. More than 12,000 children access programs annually free of charge or at a reduced rate through outreach programs and bursaries.

Arts Umbrella programs make a profound impact on the lives of young people inspiring confidence and self-esteem, and fostering creativity in young people through the power of self-expression.

“Arts Umbrella is almost like a second home to me. I come down 3 times a week for theatre and I love every minute of it. Every week I become, discover and learn.”

Arts Umbrella Theatre Outreach Student

For media inquiries, including interview requests with 30th Anniversary Honoree Artists (artists who have been donating to Splash for nearly three decades, see attached artists’ profiles), please contact:

Aaron Angels PR

Contact: Naz Taylor

Phone: 604-653-9404


Jennifer Petersen

Director, Special Events

Arts Umbrella

Phone: 604.618.5268 x 234




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