Thank you for making the 2018 Vancouver Writers Fest a very special week: one that—at its heart—celebrated community at each of our 80+ events with more than 15,000 people.
The conversations held on and off our stages truly reflected our belief that books and ideas can inspire pivotal discussions, and changes, in the modern world. Our authors’ commitment to providing heartfelt, riveting perspectives was palpable. And these conversations will no doubt continue.
Special thanks to Cherie Dimaline, our first Guest Curator, who set the tone of this year’s Festival with an electrifying Opening Reception speech that was also reflected in each of her four events: “What if we rebuilt the main stage? What if we made it accessible and inclusive and a place that held all of us in a good way? And what if we did that work together?”
After all, “We cannot continue to foster genius without calling all our brilliance home.”
Our Festival tagline is to reimagine our world, and our commitment is to continue to do just that in deeper, more meaningful ways going forward. Throughout VWF 2018 we saw evidence of important community-building and the fostering of partnerships we hope will grow and develop in the coming years.
With this in mind, we’re committed to repeating our Free Day in 2019, this year supported by Raincoast Books and the Y.P. Heung Foundation, which saw more than 2,000 people attended the day of packed or sold-out shows.
And, we will continue to offer subsidies to schools as part of our Festival’s Youth Education Program, offering hundreds of school ticket and bus subsidies.
Finally, we welcome comments and feedback from this year, and already look forward to the year ahead, the galvanizing of our community even more through words, books, and the incredible minds that share them with us.
Thank you for your support and enthusiasm of this journey so far.
And sincere thanks to our sponsors and donors for making this Festival possible.
Photos by Chris Cameron and Alexandra Bolduc ( L-R: CC, AB, AB, AB, AB, CC).