The Summer Dream Literary Arts Festival

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Summer Dreams Literary Arts Festival

Summer Dreams Literary Arts Festival

Summer Dream Festival Opens Wednesday
With Special Visual Art/Poetry Collaboration
(August 19th)

Vancouver, BC – The 6th annual festival kicks off on August 19th with a special reading at the Jewish Community Centre where featured poets Natasha Boskic, Christy Hill, Daniela Elza, Maureen Eagan, Mary Duffy, Steve Duncan and Bonnie Nish will read poetry inspired by artist Linda Frimer’s powerful visual work. The audience will be given time and encouraged to write to the exhibit as well and to share their words during the open mic portion of the evening. Lyrical songstress Jess Hill also joins the night’s event.
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery
950 W.41st Ave. Vancouver, BC

Linda Dayan Frimer is an acclaimed Vancouver artist and well known community facilitator who has been intimately involved in world, Jewish, and Canadian national, cultural artistic pursuits. She creates commemorative, educational, cultural, and esthetically moving artistic works. Born in the wilderness interior of British Columbia, the forest first inspired Linda’s deep belief in the sanctity of all forms of life, while stories of her ancestors’ journey strengthened her faith in the human spirit and her deep commitment to helping others. She has been deeply involved in the ongoing intergenerational Gesher Holocaust Project as it’s artist facilitator and co-founder. An exhibit of participant’s powerful works of art resulted in a traveling exhibit across Canada under the auspices of the Montreal Holocaust Centre. Linda’s artistic vision is continuously evoked by the vital inseparable forces of nature and culture. She is currently at work on a book and paintings which express the idea of return and seek the meaning of home. Many of the paintings in this current exhibit, entitled “Returning Home” cronicles her journeys back home through artwork to her early years in the British Columbia wilderness and compares life to that of her ancestor’s home in Lithuania.
And don’t forget to join us for the main event on Saturday August 22nd – a free, all-day, large scale event at Lumberman’s Arch in Stanley Park, showcasing the talents of numerous musicians, spoken word artists and storytellers, children’s entertainers, dancers, as well as resource tables and panel discussions by writing and publishing experts.
The festival will also be holding 2 days of workshops (Aug. 23rd and 29th) designed to help writers grow professionally and creatively. Some topics and facilitators include S.R. Duncan talking about chapbook design and marketing; and Jen Currin unraveling the mysteries of the prose poem. For more information about the workshops, or to register, contact Bonnie Nish at
Pre-registration and payment is necessary. Spaces are limited so sign-up now or be disappointed.

NEWSFLASH: Bonnie and Rhonda interviewed on Commercial Drive Live!
Check out the latest video installment of “Live On The Drive!” for an exclusive interview with the organizers of the event:

For media information and full festival details visit

or call Steve Duncan at 604-788-8340.

Pandora’s Collective would like to thank the following sponsors for making this event possible: Giest, Vancouver Review, Subterrain, Event, Room With A View, 3 Day Novel Contest, Prism, Dutch Girl Chocolates, Theatre in the Raw, Capilano Review, One Cool Word, Vancouver Story Tellers, Vancouver Public Library, Quills, Nestor’s Market, Graphic design by CWCLCOGY with Wera, Vancouver Parks Board, 2008 Celebrations Grant c/o The City of Vancouver and The Office of Cultural Affairs, CBS Outdoor, Starbucks, VanCity, Christianne’s Lyceum, Coast Capital Savings, The Federation of BC Writers, Burnaby Writers Society, Industrial Alliance Pacific Life Insurance Company, BC Poetry, Jaffer Speech and Language Services, Irene Livingston, Don Simpson, Joyce Statton, Randy Jacobs, Bernice Lever, Andrea Winterbottom and Robin Susanto.

Come be a part of Vancouver’s best-kept summer secret!

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