The Summer Dreams Literary Arts Festival is an annual event established to raise public awareness regarding the on-going literary events, programs and resources available in the community.

The main event incorporates literary groups, including multi-cultural readings in various languages, dancers, an original theatrical performance, musical performances, panel discussions, open mics and a children’s area with puppet shows, music, storytellers, face painting and craft tables.  Information tables showcasing community groups and resources such as The Federation of BC Writers and The Story Tellers Association are made available.

Workshops will be run onsite throughout the day and are free to the public. Spaces are limited so be sure to sign up early. 

The 10th Anniversary festival in 2013 will be held at Trout Lake (John Hendry Park) in East Vancouver.

Also, don't forget to join us on Saturday, August 23rd at CBC Studio 700 for the Pandora's Collective Literary Arts awards and Silent Auction.

This year w
e are happy to announce that Joy Kogawa is this year's recipient of the Pandora's Collective Distinctive Body of  Work Award, awarded annually in recognition of an author's literary achievements.

Who are We?

Pandora’s Collective, based in Vancouver, B.C., is dedicated to promoting literacy and self-expression in the community.
With the ambitious mandate ‘Promoting the Arts That Inspire the World to Take Notice of Itself’ the collective was founded in June 2002 by poets Bonnie Nish and Sita Carboni and is now a registered charity. Striving to provide a safe and inspiring environment for writers of all ages we promote the literary arts as a healthy tool for self-expression and act as a valuable resource for writers and readers in Greater Vancouver. We hope to motivate individuals into embracing literacy while at the same time help them to build their sense of community and self-esteem.

We are organized into five areas of operation:
  • Outreach
  • Community Programming
  • Awards Programming 
  • The Summer Dream Literary Arts Festival  
  • Resources & Services 
Learn more about Pandora's Collective at www.pandorascollective.com.