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April 8 @ 7:30 am - 10:00 pm

Come join us for another night of slam poetry! In partnership with Open Mic Night/ Art Gallery, it’s moment we’ve all been waiting for: the CIPS Qualifier! As always, our event is in our hybrid live & online format. Bring yourselves and your words to Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society at 1607 E Hastings St, or to the Van Slam zoom space.

Doors and sign up for the open mic are at 7:30, show starts at 8:00!

Abdulsalam is a Syrian-Palestinian spoken word poet and photographer. His poetry explores themes of exile, homeland, belonging, and love. Before resettling to Canada in 2021, Abdulsalam lived in Malaysia for nine years, finding refuge in the world of metaphors and storytelling. There, he performed at various events, including the well-known George Town Literary Festival. In 2023, Abdulsalam reached the finals at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam (CIPS) in Vancouver and has featured at Regina Word Up.

Masking Policy: Masks are encouraged, but the venue is open to the public and members of the audience may be maskless.

VanSlam takes place on the Unceded, stolen Lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations and we wish to acknowledge & thank those people who have been stewards of this land since time immemorial. Van Slam is committed to engaging in the internal and external work of reconciliation.


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Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society
1607 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC Canada
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