A virtual podcast festival is coming to Vancouver this month

Nov 13 2020, 6:36 pm

The Vancouver Podcast Festival will return this month for a five-day, virtual festival to promote podcasting as an art form and medium of social change.

Although they’ve had to refine their programming due to the pandemic, VanPodFest will offer a mix of live podcast events, creator workshops, and panel discussions. This year, the festival will be holding its first-ever pitch session.

Presented by The Documentary Media Society (DOXA), the third iteration of the festival will run from November 18 to 22, 2020.

“Vancouver Podcast Festival (at home) may look a little different, but we’re excited to continue showcasing the best storytellers and audio producers from around Vancouver, Canada, and the globe,” said Hannah McGregor, a festival programming committee member.

The pared-down online programming will offer something for everyone, from brand new podcasters to producers to fans, McGregor said.

Highlights from this year’s festival include live recordings of Sandy & Nora Talk Politics and Pop Chat, a workshop on how to monetize your podcast, and Michelle Shephard of Brainwashed and journalist Ian Hanomansing in conversation.

“Like [a] documentary film, podcasting continues to exemplify the kind of creative and critical commentary needed to help us make sense of these increasingly complex and challenging times brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Selina Crammond, Director of Programming for DOXA.

Vancouver Podcast Festival

When:​ November 18 to 22, 2020

Where:​ All events are online due to COVID-19

Tickets: ​Available online. Several events are free or pay-what-you-can. Single-show tickets are $5 for students, seniors, and those with a reduced income, and $10 for adults. A full festival pass is available for $25

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