We know that the conversations which happen on our Festival stages are everything from intriguing to life-changing. We wanted to ensure that as many members of the community around us could engage with these ideas and the possibilities they spark.
During our 2019 October Festival we welcomed more than 3,500 people to 13 events during Free Saturday, with an average attendance of more than 90 percent.
In addition to our traditional outreach for the Festival, we engaged with dozens of groups that represent low-income individuals or those facing barriers to attending cultural events, offering reserved tickets as part of this new initiative.
Organizations interested in finding out more about Free Saturday can do so by contacting our Outreach Coordinator: Leena Desai.
The Vancouver Writers Fest was able to present Free Saturday thanks to the generous support of the Government of BC, Raincoast Books and the Y.P. Heung Foundation.