Music, words and film are all on tap this week in Vancouver.
Following their sold out performance at the Commodore Ballroom in May, South African rap-rave band, Die Antwoord (“The Answer” in Afrikaans) returns to Vancouver to play the PNE Forum (Sep 23). Fronted by rappers Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er and backed by DJ Hi Tek, the band has its own unique style of “modern and trashy” that harkens back to the days of punk and grunge.
Word Vancouver (Sep 24-27), the annual festival of reading and writing returns to celebrate Canadian literary talents with 100 readings, 150 authors, and 20 workshops. Now in its 20th year, the former The Word On The Street Vancouver festival has morphed from a single day event to a five-day event, attracting thousands of local, Canadian, and international festival-goers to its events. Western Canada’s largest celebration of reading and writing, the free festival provides programming for all-ages.
The 33rd annual Vancouver International Film Festival (Sep 25-Oct 10) gets underway featuring almost 350 films from over 70 countries over its eleven days. Featured again for the second year is the festival’s BC Spotlight series that will highlight 13 British Columbia-produced films ranging from comedy, drama, horror, to documentary.