Festival News

The 2020 Growing Room festival will take place from March 11 – 15, 2020. The line-up and program will be announced January 28, 2020, and registration will open on Tuesday, February 4, 2020.

“The new guard of CanLit has arrived, and it is young, diverse, wired—and passionately political.”—The Toronto Star

Growing Room is Room magazine’s annual literary and arts festival, a celebration of diverse Canadian writers and artists which takes place every March on the traditional, unceded, and ancestral territory of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish peoples (Vancouver, British Columbia). The festival started in 2017 by Room collective member Arielle Spence, was continued in 2018 and 2019 with Chelene Knight, and is now directed by current managing editor Jessica Johns. The festival is made possible through all the love, labour, and vision of the Room staff and volunteers and the community of which the organization hopes to represent and reflect.

Room is committed to deepening our learning about inclusion and accessibility, both within the systemic structures of the festival and the creative curation. Growing Room is a celebration, a protest, a reflection, a re-visioning, a gathering, a question, and a dream.

Before attending Growing Room, check out our Community Guidelines and Zero Tolerance Policies. We want Growing Room to be a safe space for everyone, and strive to do so with continual staff and volunteer anti-oppression training and community engagement. Moreover, we want Growing Room to be a space where historically and institutionally marginalized people are able to fully participate, free from harassment and violence. 


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