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April 2020

Verses Festival Program

April 16 - April 25

It’s here! Below is a web version of our #VersesFestival program. Click on it so that you can move around in it.  Navigation may vary according to your device. Print versions of this program will be available at Van Slam at Cafe Deux Soleils starting March 16th, as well as other locations.

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2020 Hullabaloo All Star Slam

April 16 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

This event will be taking place on the unceded, ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Wautuh peoples. For 2020 We have a brand new location and day for the annual All Star Slam.  This year we’ll be at the fully accessible, Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library in the Alice MacKay room.  The All Star Slam will bear witness to poetic thunder and lightning, as three poets compete in an all-out battle of poetic verve and wit.  Hosted…

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Free

Spokenword Jamboree featuring Chris Tse

April 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A night for all 16 High School Teams to perform introductory poems showcasing their talent and style.  Plus a feature performance by Canadian Spoken Word Champion, Chris Tse. 6PM-8PM / VPL Central Branch / Alice MacKay Room / Free   Christopher Tse is an artist, educator, and settler currently living on Songhees, Esquimalt, and WSANEC territory in what is otherwise known as Victoria, BC. He placed second at both the 2011 Poetry Slam World Cup and 2016 Rio International Poetry…

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Free

Adventures in Poetryland 2020 with Janice Jo Lee, Chris Tse, Patrick DeBelen and Johnny Trinh

April 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This event will be taking place on the unceded, traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Wautuh peoples.   4 different workshops presented by World Class poets, Janice Joe Lee, Chris Tse, Patrick DeBelen and Johnny Trinh lead students through Adventures in Poetryland.  Each workshop offers a unique perspective into a different writing approach for students to expand their practice. Pre registration for each workshop is required.  Open to highschool students who are not taking part in the competition as…

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