why

photo by lesley ewen
The diverse cultural communities that make Vancouver each have a dazzling array of stories and ways of telling. With the festival, which is one of the longest running and most recognized storytelling festivals in Canada, the VSOS is supporting a vibrant multicultural and intercultural milieu in which visitors and residents alike find something to celebrate, reflect upon and learn from. The festival programming is developed in order take the risks necessary to meet the challenges ever-present when engaging with intersecting intercultural, polyglot communities on land as rich and diverse as the stories that occur upon it!

The inaugural festival was in 1991 ¬†–

Pat Bronson and friend Once upon a Time…!

Since then, there has been an array of world class storytellers gracing Vancouver stages. See Festival Archive Gallery for a glimpse !

Click here to read more about the 2010 festival.