2018 - 2019 Presentations

We cordially invite you to join us for a series of imaginative travel talks on faraway places around our planet by world traveller Peter Langer in Fall 2018. Peter has just will be focusing on different parts of the world at the Ferry Building Gallery in West Vancouver and at Simon Fraser University. Discover the natural beauty of our world, the wealth of human history and explore a diversity of cultures. Experience the magic of fascinating destinations through beautiful photographic journeys.

Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

Impressions of Ecuador


Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver Click here to get tickets in advance

Located on the Equator, Ecuador is a country is packed with startling contrasts of scenery, from steaming tropical rain forests and windswept highlands to ice-capped volcanoes and palm-fringed beaches. Our journey will start in Ecuador's capital, Quito, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1978, the old town contains some of the most beautiful Spanish Colonial architecture in South America. In the Sierras we will visit Otavalo with its enormous Saturday market, some historic haciendas and Cotopaxi National Park. In the southern sierra lies the captivating colonial city of Cuenca, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site famed for its stunning colonial architecture and graceful churches and monasteries and nearby Ingapirca, the country's only major Inca ruins. We will marvel at an amazing journey by train from Quito to the port city of Guayaquil. We will also explore Yasuní, a large protected area in the heart of the Amazon rain-forest that boasts an impressive biodiversity and is home to the Waorani, Tagaeri, Taromenane and other indigenous peoples.

Impressions of Colombia


Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver Click here to get tickets in advance

Colombia is an emerging tourism destination. The diversity of the country is astonishing: pre-Columbian ruins, colonial cities located in the Andes and on the Caribbean Coast, coffee plantations and amazing natural parks. In our show we will discover Bogotá - Colombia's capital, the Cultural Landscape of Salt Towns, the Archaeological Parks of Tierradentro and San Agustín. We then explore the Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia, Medellín, the Historic Centre of Santa Cruz de Mompox and Cartagena de Indias.

Mysterious Lands of the Maya


Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver Click here to get tickets in advance

The Maya are probably the best-known of the classical civilizations of Mesoamerica. The Maya developed astronomy, calendars and hieroglyphic writing. The Maya were noted as well for elaborate and highly decorated ceremonial architecture, including temple-pyramids, palaces and observatories, all built without metal tools. Maya history can be characterized as cycles of rise and fall: city-states rose in prominence and fell into decline, only to be replaced by others.

In our presentation we will feature the ancient Mayan cities of Chichén Itzá, Uxmal, Cobá, Tulum, Kohunlich, Edzná and Calakmul on the Yucatán Peninsula and the fascinating ruins of Toniná, Palenque, Yaxchilán and Bonampak in the jungles of Chiapas. We shall also see the Maya people of today and how their traditional beliefs have intermixed with Christianity to provide one of the world's most unique samples of living syncretism in San Cristóbal de las Casas, San Juan de Chamula and Zinacantán.

El Día de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) in Mexico


Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver Click here to get tickets in advance

The Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a holiday celebrated in many parts of the world, typically on November 1, All Saint’s Day and November 2, All Soul’s Day. In Mexico, where the holiday has perhaps its highest prominence and is a national holiday.

The Día de los Muertos holiday has ancient Mesoamerican roots with emphasis on celebrating and honoring the lives of the deceased, and celebrating the continuation of life; the belief is not that death is the end, but rather the beginning of a new stage in life. We will explore these celebration in the State of Michoacan, where families usually clean and decorate the graves and spend all night beside the graves of their relatives and some families build altars or small shrines in their homes.

2019

Impressions of India - Part 1: Northern & Western India


Wednesday February 6, 2019 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver Click here to get tickets in advance

We will explore India from a historic and cultural point of view, discovering the subcontinent’s art, architecture, geography and magnificent cultural heritage, including the religions of the various civilizations that have occupied the land. In three separate sessions we will view images that evoke the natural and cultural diversity of the country. You will gain a deeper understanding of India’s subtleties, especially valuable if you’re a potential traveller there.

We start in Delhi, the capital and continue to Agra, Khajuraho, Varanasi, Haridwar and Rishikesh. We then continue explore the states of Punjab, home to the Golden Temple, the desert cities and hill forts of Rajasthan, and the outstanding cultural heritage of Gujarat.

This show is brought to you by Bestway Tours & Safaris

Impressions of India - Part 2: Himalayas, the Northeast & Eastern India


Wednesday February 13, 2019 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver Click here to get tickets in advance

We will explore India from a historic and cultural point of view, discovering the subcontinent’s art, architecture, geography and magnificent cultural heritage, including the religions of the various civilizations that have occupied the land. In three separate sessions we will view images that evoke the natural and cultural diversity of the country. You will gain a deeper understanding of India’s subtleties, especially valuable if you’re a potential traveller there.

We explore Himachal Pradesh, Dharamsala, Lahaul-Spiti, Ladakh, Kashmir, Darjeeling, Sikkim, and Arunachal Pradesh in the Indian Himalayas. We then head to the remarkable Northeast of India, visiting the states of Assam, Meghalaya and Nagaland, and travel in the footsteps of Buddha in Bihar, visit Kolkata and admire exceptional temples in Odisha.

This show is brought to you by Bestway Tours & Safaris

Impressions of India - Part 3: Central & Southern India


Wednesday February 20, 2019 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver Click here to get tickets in advance

We will explore India from a historic and cultural point of view, discovering the subcontinent’s art, architecture, geography and magnificent cultural heritage, including the religions of the various civilizations that have occupied the land. In three separate sessions we will view images that evoke the natural and cultural diversity of the country. You will gain a deeper understanding of India’s subtleties, especially valuable if you’re a potential traveller there.

We explore prehistoric sites and the oldest Buddhist stupa in Madhya Pradesh. We then visit in Mumbai with the amazing cave temples of Elephanta, Ajanta and Ellora in Maharashtra. We explore Goa, the former Portuguese colony featuring Christian churches that could almost have been transplanted from Europe. We then discover the states of Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry, plus the Andaman Islands.

This show is brought to you by Bestway Tours & Safaris

Impressions of Pakistan


Wednesday February 27, 2019 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver Click here to get tickets in advance

The country offers great mountaineering and trekking in the Hindu Kush, Karakoram and Himalayas. Pakistan also features a vast artistic heritage, from the ancient Indus Valley civilization to the Moghul Empire and has 6 UNESCO World Heritage sites for you to explore.

Discover the Hunza Valley, also known as "Shangri La" from James Hilton's novel "Lost Horizons", an area of stunning natural beauty, as well as the ancient Silk Road Town of Gilgit linking Western China with this region and the Buddhist impressive rock carvings of the Buddha near Kargah. Above all, experience a multitude of cultures with a long tradition of hospitality.

This show is brought to you by Bestway Tours & Safaris

Impressions of Indonesia


Wednesday March 6, 2019 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver Click here to get tickets in advance

The Indonesian archipelago spreads over 5,200 km between the Asian mainland and Australia, all of it within the tropics, and comprises 17,000 islands. Its ethnic, cultural and linguistic diversity is correspondingly great – more than 500 languages and dialects are spoken by its 246 million people, whose fascinating customs and lifestyles are a major attraction. The largely volcanic nature of the islands has created tall cloud-swept mountains swathed in the green of rice terraces or rainforests, dropping to blindingly bright beaches and vivid blue seas, the backdrop for Southeast Asia’s biggest wilderness areas and wildlife sanctuaries.

This show and lecture we will explore the islands of Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Flores, Komodo and Sulawesi. We conclude our show visiting the legendary Baliem Valley in the highlands of Western New Guinea.

 

Impressions of Vietnam


Wednesday March 13, 2019 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver Click here to get tickets in advance

Vietnam features a sublime beauty of the country's landscapes: The Red River Delta in the north, the Mekong Delta in the south and almost the entire coastal strip are a patchwork of brilliant green rice paddies tended by farmers in conical hats.


We explore architecturally beautiful Hanoi and bustling Ho Chi Minh City, formerly knon as Saigon and revel in the sights of splendid Halong Bay and Tam Coc. Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of ancient Hue and the enticing little town of Hoi An; stretches of white sandy beaches at Phan Thiet, Nha Trang and Danang.

See several cultural highlights, such as ancient Cham temple ruins, ethnic minorities in the hills, the extravagant church of Cao-Daism in Tay Ninh and the traditional Water Puppet Theatre of Northern Vietnam.

Impressions of Cambodia


Wednesday March 20, 2019 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver Click here to get tickets in advance

Cambodia was once the seat of the Khmer Empire, which ruled much of Indochina from the 9th to the 13th centuries, hence we explore Cambodia's 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The great pre-Angkorian temple complex at Sambor Prei Kuk; Angkor, one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia, featuring the famous Temple of Angkor Wat; the Bayon Temple at Angkor Thom; Ta Prohm, where trees grow out of the ruins; and the intricately carved shrines of Banteay Srei; as well as the mountaintop Temple of Preah Vihear.

We explore Siem Reap and Tonle Sap, Southeast Asia's largest freshwater lake in and home to numerous communities living in floating villages around the lake. We discover the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, Wat Phnom and bustling markets in Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh and explore the country's second largest city, Battambang, and a fun ride on the quirky bamboo railway.

Impressions of Laos


Wednesday March 27, 2019 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver Click here to get tickets in advance

Long isolated from the rest of the world, Laos is surprisingly diverse in terms of its people. We explore Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, featuring streets of ochre colonial houses and ancient Buddhist temples, lines of saffron-robed monks gliding through the morning mist and boats sailing down the Mekong river.

Discover the Xieng Khuang Plateau, one of the most heavily bombed places in the world, and a testimony to the rugged perseverance of the Phuan, Black Tai, Hmong and Khmu peoples who inhabit the province. Much of the bombing was directed at the strategic Plain of Jars, which takes its name from the fields of ancient, giant funerary urns. We explore Vientiane, Laos' capital and head to the Bolaven Plateau, just east of Pakse, with its rich agricultural bounty beautiful waterfalls and nearby Wat Phou, the most impressive Khmer ruins outside Cambodia and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver

Memorable Journeys and Encounters Around the World


Friday, October 19 at 12:10 PM - Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver - Part II

Presented in two parts, enjoy a 2-hour long multi-image video extravaganza on a journey exploring some of the most beautiful places in the world with photographer Peter Langer. This magical journey will take you to some remarkable places in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, North, Central & South America, Australia, the South Pacific and Antarctica.

The presentations will take place during a concert series, called "Out For Lunch", offered on selected Friday afternoons. Free with Membership or paid Gallery admission. Arrive early as this popular event has limited space.

For more information or to register, please visit: www.vanartgallery.bc.ca

Simon Fraser University - Harbour Centre, Vancouver

A Virtual Tour through the Vanishing Heritage of the Middle East


Tuesdays, September 11 to October 16, 2018 from 9:30 to 11:20 AM - Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, Vancouver

Since the beginning of the most recent conflicts, cultural heritage has been the target of intentional destruction in various parts of the Middle East.

Peter Langer has documented many of these invaluable sites over the past few years. We will address some antecedents of the intentional destruction of cultural heritage throughout history, a brief history of the Middle East, followed by visual presentations about Syria, Iraq Yemen and Iran, along with updates about the current situation.

For more information or to register, please visit: www.sfu.ca

An in-depth Virtual Tour of India


Tuesdays, September 11 to October 16, 2018 from 11:30 AM to 1:20 PM - Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, Vancouver

We will explore India from a historic and cultural point of view —in a voyage of discovery. Discover India’s art and architecture, the long history and the magnificent cultural heritage inherited from past generations. We will present India in terms of her diverse regions from North to South and West to East, as well as the Himalayas and the Northeast. India features the largest number of World Heritage Sites of any country in South Asia. Each week we will view a multi-image video that evokes the natural and cultural diversity of the country and discuss the geography, the history and the syncretic nature of religion in the areas once occupied by various civilizations. You will gain a deeper understanding of the country’s subtleties, especially valuable if you’re a potential traveller to India.

For more information or to register, please visit: www.sfu.ca

2019

Memorable Journeys and Encounters Around the World


Saturday, February 23 at 1:30 PM - Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, Vancouver

Enjoy a 2-hour long multi-image video extravaganza on a journey exploring some of the most beautiful places in the world with photographer Peter Langer. This magical journey will take you to some remarkable places in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, North, Central & South America, Australia, the South Pacific and Antarctica.

For more information or to register, please visit: www.sfu.ca

Journeys of a Lifetime


Tuesdays, February 19 to March 26, 2019 9:30 to 11:20 AM - Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, Vancouver

We will explore India from a historic and cultural point of view —in a voyage of discovery. Discover India’s art and architecture, the long history and the magnificent cultural heritage inherited from past generations. We will present India in terms of her diverse regions from North to South and West to East, as well as the Himalayas and the Northeast. India features the largest number of World Heritage Sites of any country in South Asia. Each week we will view a multi-image video that evokes the natural and cultural diversity of the country and discuss the geography, the history and the syncretic nature of religion in the areas once occupied by various civilizations. You will gain a deeper understanding of the country’s subtleties, especially valuable if you’re a potential traveller to India.

For more information or to register, please visit: www.sfu.ca

An in-depth Virtual Tour of Mexico


Tuesdays, February 19 to March 26, 2019 from 11:30 AM to 1:20 PM - Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, Vancouver

We will explore Mexico from a historic and cultural point of view —in a voyage of discovery. Along the way, you will learn about the ways of life in Mexico, its art and architecture, the long history and the magnificent cultural heritage inherited from past generations. The country features the largest number of World Heritage Sites of any country in the Americas. Each week we will view a multi-image video that evokes the natural and cultural diversity of Mexico’s unique regions and have a discussion about the geography, the history and the syncretic nature of religion in the areas once occupied by various Pre-Hispanic civilizations. You will gain a deeper understanding of Mexico’s subtleties, especially valuable if you’re a potential traveller interested in history and culture.

For more information or to register, please visit: www.sfu.ca