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Our Voices, Ourselves Storytelling Workshops


Poetry & spoken word Storytelling
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nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch | Vancouver Public Library

730 East Hastings Street

Vancouver, BC

Directions: Vancouver Public Library nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch is located at 730 East Hastings Street. There is street parking and the facilities are accessible. Please arrive 1/2 hour early before the event if possible as it may be quite busy. Look for Culture Day Volunteers who will direct you to the workshop area in the Library.



Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible, has gender-neutral washrooms, and is a relaxed performance.


WHAT’S MY STORY: Personal storytelling workshops for residents of the Downtown Eastside and Strathcona.

Culture Days 2023 Vancouver Public Library (nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch)

Summary: This series of three workshops is intended to introduce participants to Personal Storytelling as a tool for expression.

Background: In recent years, personal storytelling has emerged across North America as a new form of personal and artistic expression. In New York City, an event called The Moth has been developed that includes regular storytelling events, educational and training events, podcasts, and radio broadcasts. In Vancouver, a similar event, The Flame, has attracted sold-out audiences for many years. Performers at the Moth and Flame tell a story that is TRUE (based on real-life events that happened to the storyteller), and told in a FEW words (personal stories are told in about 7-10 minutes).

Workshops: This Personal Storytelling workshop series will consist of three two-hour workshops intended to introduce the art of Personal Storytelling as a tool for expression. By the end of the series, participants will be able to tell a short story in front of an audience about something that happened to them.

Registration will be limited to 10 participants. Participants should be prepared to attend all 3 workshops if possible. Please see link for registration. (*Registration link coming soon!*)

September 29th 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm Workshop #1: What is a Personal Story?

• What is Storytelling? - What makes a good story? What are the various types of stories? Why do we tell stories? How can we welcome and share stories from a number of cultures and traditions? What is a “Personal Story” and why do we tell it?

• Making our Stories Heard? - What are the parts of a story? What makes for a strong opening and ending? How can we build a skeleton for our stories?

Workshop #2: 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm Developing Our Own Stories

• Telling our Stories in Front of an Audience? - What does it take to capture an audience's at-tention? How can we project our voice? How do we deal with being nervous?

• Building our Storytelling Skills? - How can musical and visual elements support storytelling? How can we use props and artifacts? Working with themes (e.g., food and food security)?

Workshop #3: 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm Performance Practice Session

• Where to From Here? - Where can we tell our stories? Is there interest in participating in a storytelling performance event? What storytelling events can we attend? Storytelling on video or on the internet? Storytelling and reconciliation? Documenting our stories for future generations.

Optional Event: October 14th - 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Performance Opportunity Public Storytelling Performance: Participants will have the option of participating in a public storytelling performance. This will be open to family, friends, and the general public.



Pigeon Den Art Collective


The Pigeon Den Collective is to invite collaboration between different artists to create works that invite social, and cultural change, and that support community-based art in all forms.


We nurture the interconnection between art and cultures, time and space.


We envision art that has the power to build bridges, foster dialogue, deepen relationships, and advance a more equitable society.


Through the arts, we are able to create dynamic experiences that allow for new ways of seeing ourselves, each other, and our diverse histories.


Foster belonging

We work at the speed of trust — fostering relationships built on mutual respect and compassion that honor individual hopes and histories, while also seeking to understand the needs of the inclusive, diverse communities and artists we serve. We work openly and inclusively to create a welcoming experience for all.

Learn and evolve together

We are honest about what we know and do not know, and seek opportunities to learn. It is our collective responsibility to continuously improve and to work together as we further the collective's mission. We hold ourselves accountable to results, with a clear view of how our work impacts the diverse communities we serve.

​Embrace change

We continually review and assess our path and take courage to shift directions. We are adaptive, open to what emerges and responsive to what matters. Through ongoing community consultation and collaboration, we respond and initiate change.

​Lead boldly

We generously share our community platform to amplify and engage a diversity of voices. Passion and curiosity fuel our continual drive to experiment and question the status quo. We inspire inclusive action through an understanding of the past, forward-looking bold initiatives

This event is part of a hub:

Our Voices, Ourselves Community Hub

Lance Lim Vancouver, BC

"Our Stories Ourselves Community Hub" (Winner of the Judy Robertson Community Engagement Award). Led by community-based performer and choreographer Lance Lim of the Pigeon Den Art Collective, the community hub “Our Voices, Ourselves” will...