Sukkot Design Challenge



The Jewish Museum and Archives of BC along with the Grandview Woodland Food Connection are pleased to present the inaugural Britannia Sukkot Festival in October 2017.

Sukkot is the Jewish harvest festival, held each autumn to celebrate the bounty of nature and the giving of the Torah by God to the Jewish people. To commemorate this holiday, Jewish families build temporary outdoor shelters (sukkahs), where they dine with family and friends each evening for a week. These temporary shelters remind us of the impermanence of our possessions and harken back to the 40 years the Jewish people wandered through the desert following their emancipation from slavery in Egypt.

Sukkot expresses universal themes of harvest celebration, cultural identity, human vulnerability, and community building. The Britannia Sukkot Festival will bring together diverse community members from all backgrounds to feast and share in both a Jewish Sukkot and Coast Salish-led ceremonies in the spirit of cross-cultural sharing, learning, and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and as part of the city wide Sustenance Festival 2017. (



At the heart of these festivities will be a community feast, along with a sukkah designed to welcome and provide a respite from city life.

Designers, artists, and architects of all cultures are invited to submit designs to build this sukkah. Submissions will be accepted from both teams and individuals, with special consideration given to submissions by Coast Salish designers and artists.

The sukkah will be publicly accessible throughout the seven days of Sukkot, where community members will be invited to share tea and food, meditation and reflection.



We are pleased to encourage designers, artists, and architects of all cultures are invited to submit designs to build this sukkah. For full details of the design criteria, please consult the Artist Call.

The deadline for submissions is June 23, 2017.