City of Vancouver Proclamation

The City of Vancouver proclaimed Tuesday, October 30, 2012, City of Vancouver Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival Day.

(l-r) Terry Hunter (Executive Director, Vancouver Moving Theatre/Artistic Producer, DTES Heart of the City Festival), Mayor Gregor Robertson and Gena Thompson (President, Carnegie Community Centre Association)

Announcing the 9th Annual Heart of the City Festival

Vancouver Moving Theatre in association with
Carnegie Community Centre & the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians


The 9th Annual Downtown Eastside
Heart of the City Festival

Wednesday 24 October to Sunday 4 November, 2012

Over 80 events at over 25 venues throughout the Downtown Eastside

With a focus on the rich and diverse communities of the Downtown Eastside, the ninth annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival celebrates the creative and committed artists and activists who thrive in the heart of Vancouver.

The festival features twelve days of music, stories, songs, poetry, cultural celebrations, films, theatre, dance, processions, spoken word, forums, workshops, discussions, gallery exhibits, mixed media, art talks, history talks and history walks, and a diverse array of artist showcases.

To celebrate the talents, wisdom and power of our home community, the 2012 Festival theme is: “Voices from the Heart.” The Downtown Eastside is the heart of the City, the founding neighbourhood where Vancouver began, and is the home of choice for thousands of the City’s residents; this year’s Festival reflects the essence of the Downtown Eastside – its local artists and diverse art forms, history, people and cultures.

The Festival takes inspiration from the words of Downtown Eastside poet and historian Sandy Cameron:

Each of us has something to tell, something to teach. We speak the language of the heart – here – in the Downtown Eastside – the soul of Vancouver.

A special partnership this year with Miscellaneous Productions presents Kutz & Dawgs, a new Hip Hop Musical, directed by Elaine Carol. WithRomeo and Juliet and West Side Story as inspiration, the young performers portray rivaling Kutz (alley cats) and Dawgs (junkyard dogs) in a cautionary tale of the destructive force of gang violence.

Media contact: Jodi Smith, JLS Entertainment, 604.736.4939