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The Unwritten Word – New This Year!

September 20, 2012

The Unwritten Word is a new programming initiative for 2012 that explores the power and impact of story that is not in written form. This initiative includes visual displays, workshops, panels, and performances throughout the festival on Sunday, September 30.

Two visual components of the Unwritten Word will be on display near the entrances to the library. Reliquum, “the remaining” or “the things yet to be,” will be an exhibition of various photographs collected from publishers, editors, authors, and individuals from the BC literary community. The photos represent those things that inspire the individual to conduct their everyday work. St. George Rainway is Vancouver’s first officially sanctioned street mural and an installation that captures the story of its creation will be on display at the festival. Sad Mag will also present “The Sea Legs Pinhole Photography Display” in the library moat, where images from the Sea Legs pinhole photography workshop conducted with queer youth will be on display.

You will find Unwritten Word workshops in The Word Under The Street and the Magazine Life Tent. Join Peter Bagge from 3:00 to 4:00 for “Creating a Silent Comic” in The Word Under The Street and learn how to tell a story without using words. You’ll also have a chance to create a pinhole camera at one of the camera-building stations during Sad Mag‘s presentation in the Magazine Life Tent from 2:00 to 3:00.

Join four lively storytellers in Word Talks from 3:00 to 4:00 for “Tell Me a Story: Orality and Storytelling in a Textual World,” a panel where the unique traits, challenges, and opportunities of oral storytelling across cultures, traditions, and approaches will be celebrated.

Unwritten Word performances include the Vancouver Youth Poetry Slam Team on the Mainstage from 2:50 to 3:20 and Dixie Star Storytelling on the Family Stage from 1:00 to 1:30.

Join Vancouver New Music and the Vancouver Soundwalk Collective for Soundwalking Stories on Foot, and explore The Word On The Street festival site with your ears. Listen to the sounds of the street as a musical-sonic adventure and discover that the ordinary can be extraordinary!

“Foolin’ around” by Audrey Hill – from the Hope in Shadows Exhibition

Also be sure to check out “Hope in Shadows: Portraits of Our Community” at Carnegie Centre from September 21 to October 1, 2012. This exhibition displays images from the 10th annual photography contest for Downtown Eastside community members. The images presented show a breadth of community values ranging from compassion for those who are suffering to friendship, fighting for justice, and embracing diversity.

Check out the official program guide for more details! All activities for this new initiative are marked with the Unwritten Word icon shown above.

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