Don’t you love alliteration? On February 20, the Positive Living Society of British Columbia hosts RED: A Celebration of Colour, Couture, Community and Caring to benefit the Society’s services helping those living with HIV.
Bringing together a cast of dancers, models, designers, fashion retailers, hair stylists, and make-up artists, RED is a 90-minute theatrical journey through the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS.
The show’s producer, Dean Thullner, describes the event as a dramatic homage to the many artistic and creative people in our community who died from AIDS and its related illnesses.
“As a gay man living with HIV I’ve had a lot of support dealing with my illness from my community and this is an opportunity for Vancouver’s finest creative community to pay some of that forward and remind people struggling with HIV that we are still a community that cares and understands the need for support,” he says.
The impact of living with HIV is often forgotten with so many are living longer with the disease. As Thullner’s own life illustrates though, the journey is not an easy one. “There are times I needed critical support, and I want to make sure that support is there for everyone who needs it.”
Proceeds from RED will benefit the peer-based support programs and health and wellness services at Positive Living BC. Positive Living BC is Canada’s largest HIV organization run by and for its HIV-positive members.
RED: A Celebration of Colour, Couture, Community and Caring takes place at the Commodore Ballroom (868 Granville St, Vancouver) on Saturday, Feb 20. Tickets are available online.