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The Word On The Street Festival introduces new Multi-lingual venue

Vancouver, September 18, 2001 - Vancity Voices, a new multi-lingual venue sponsored by Vancity Credit Union, will make its debut at this year's The Word On The Street Festival to take place at Library Square and the CBC Plaza on September 30th, from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

The Vancity Voices lineup includes a program of novelists, poets and storytellers, including award-winning novelist Madeleine Thien, Quebec writer and filmmaker Roger Cantin, Punjabi artist Sadhu Binning, and at least three Italian-Canadian writers. In all, 13 writers, reading in eight different languages, will appear at the Vancity Voices tent.

The Word On The Street's Executive Director Liesl Jauk is enthusiastic about the programming opportunities that this multicultural venue will offer. The schedule is diverse not only in linguistic make-up, but in genres represented: picture books, poetry, short fiction, plays, non-fiction, storytelling - there is something for everyone.

For more information about the Vancity Voices program or The Word On The Street Festival, please consult the illustrated program available at all local libraries and Starbucks Coffee locations or contact our media relations representatives.

The Word On The Street, a non-profit organization, began in Toronto in 1990 and its success spread to Halifax and Vancouver in 1995, followed by Calgary in 1998. The four festivals are enjoyed by more than 300,000 attendees and are supported by literacy groups, publishers and corporate sponsors such as The Investors Group, Transcontinental Printing, Webcom,, and government sponsors: The Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage and the National Literacy Secretariat through Human Resources and Development Canada.

In Vancouver, The Word on The Street enjoys the generous support of BC Hydro, Benwell Atkins, Canadian Direct Insurance, CBC British Columbia, Knowledge Network, Mandeville Garden Centre, Starbucks Coffee, Vancity Credit Union, The Vancouver Public Library, The Vancouver Sun, Virgin Megastore and Weyerhaeuser.

For Further Information Contact:
Bryan Pike and Liesl Jauk, Executive Directors at 604-684-8266 or
Word On The Street Vancouver