National Geographic Live: Life on Thin Ice

Featuring Kiliii Yüyan - National Geographic Photographer

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Venue: Vancouver Playhouse

VCT Presents National Geographic Live: Life on Thin Ice with photographer Kiliii Yüyan

In the Arctic, sea ice is as common as sand in the desert. The ice is vital for transportation, for food, and for living. Half a million Indigenous people call this frosty land home, but they’re not alone. The northern edges of the planet teem with life. Polar bears, musk ox, whales, and caribou co-exist with their human neighbors. Stunning images and awe-inspiring moments abound as photographer Kiliii Yüyan navigates the ice and waters of the polar north.

Kiliii Yüyan is an award-winning photographer capturing the human experience in some of the world’s harshest environments. He is a 2023 recipient of National Geographic’s Eliza Scidmore Award for Outstanding Storytelling. Yüyan has a unique talent for showcasing stories of the Artic and the human communities connected to the land. He leans on his ancestry that is both Nanai and Chinese-American as he explores other cultures. In addition to National Geographic, Kiliii is a contributor to Vogue, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Guardian, and Nature Conservancy.

Vancouver Civic Theatres is pleased to present our 2024-25 National Geographic Live Speaker Series season at the intimate Vancouver Playhouse. Covering fascinating topics such as the Arctic and its inhabitants, the Yellowstone gray wolf conservation project, and the little-known lives of sharks, National Geographic Live thrills and educates guests with striking photography, captivating video, and compelling stories shared by some of the world’s most renowned adventurers - LIVE on stage!

Seats are limited – book now!

Access to the ticketed post-show speaker Meet & Greet can be purchased as an add-on to your ticket. It is also included with the purchase of a Premium Seating Package.  Ask your burning questions, take a selfie, and bring your merch for signing.

Individual tickets range from $35-$60.

NEW: For $60, the Premium Seating Package offers the best seats in the house and access to the post-show Meet & Greet with the speaker.


National Geographic Live 2023-24 Season at the Orpheum


We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia and the National Geographic Society.

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Date Oct 9
Start time 7:30pm
Doors Open 6:30pm


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