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We Support Vancouver Is Awesome (And So Should You!)
August 6, 2010, 10:12 AM
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I wrote this letter of support for Vancouver is Awesome this morning.

I share it here to show BOTR’s solidarity with VIA and to encourage other creators, cultural figures in Vancouver to write letters of support, too.

VIA is a visionary collaborative cultural project. It supports us and I believe that we should give that love back.

Vancouver is Awesome. That is all.

To Whom It May Concern:

It is my pleasure to write this message of support on behalf of Bob Kronbauer and Vancouver is Awesome (VIA).

VIA is an unique and powerful voice for an emerging and vital cultural sector within our city.  It provides opportunities for new local voices to be heard, it showcases
creative projects and people, and it has become a daily go-to location for people throughout Vancouver.

What impresses me most about VIA is that it is an ‘idea driven’ project focusing on positive stories about Vancouver as a growing, creative, culturally sophisticated – and dare I say it – worldclass city.

In a time of deep concern within local cultural sectors VIA has emerged as a chorus of creative voices offering optimism, hope and fun to our community.

It is making a difference in the lives of people across this city and has become a
destination site for tourists coming to Vancouver and looking for interesting things to do while they’re here.

As curator of Books on the Radio I look to VIA for inspiration and ideas about how I can make my own projects better and connect more deeply with the Vancouver
community.

VIA is a project/website/cultural force that I completely support and I encourage our civic leaders to stand behind it as well.  Please do not hesitate to contact me for further positive commentary on VIA.

Sean Cranbury, Curator/Host/Regulator, Books on the Radio

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Jeanette Winterson on Art, Imagination & Crisis

jeanette_wintersonI have always loved the work of Jeanette Winterson.  From the moment Sexing the Cherry jabbed me in the brain to when Art & Lies knocked the wind out of me on a flight from Montreal to Belfast to the sublime sexiness of Written on the Body.

Art Objects was like a holy book to me for years.  I’ve loaned every copy that I’ve owned to friends. A quick look at the bookshelf tells me that I don’t have a copy right now and that I should get down to the bookstore right away and rectify the situation.

I’ve been woefully neglectful of Ms Winterson’s work in recent years but seeing this little video gave me a jolt.  The video was made by a fan to augment this audio clip.

Let’s start with a brief excerpt.  The full text of the piece is transcribed under the video below.

“We know that we cannot go on living as we do and yet we go on living as we do.

Books, paintings, music, theatre are there to prompt us to think differently and to see life differently and when we free up our imaginative life we are free to imagine a very different kind of world and that is what is needed and we’ve never needed it more urgently.

In a world economy that depends on separations art asks us to make connections…”

To see the video and read the transcription click the little red (more…) button below…

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