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In Grief and Poetry with Patrick de Belen – screening + poetry + workshop

April 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

On Monday, April 22nd at 6pm, join Massy Arts and Massy Books in welcoming poet and filmmaker Patrick de Belen to the space for a screening, poetry performance and workshop, In Grief and Poetry.

Toronto-based, award-winning poet and filmmaker Patrick de Belen creates a space for participants to witness, explore, and navigate grief through the vehicle of storytelling. There will be a premiere screening of “Tell Me A Story About Someone You Miss” a short documentary on grief and loss directed by Patrick (The Short Version was selected as a finalist for TVO Short Docs Competition, 2023), a poetry performance and grief-centered writing workshop.

This project has been made possible by the Government of Canada. Ce projet a été rendu possible grâce au gouvernement du Canada.

Venue & Accessibility

The event will be hosted at the Massy Arts Gallery, at 23 East Pender Street in Chinatown, Vancouver. We are located in the former MING WO building.

Registration is free and required for entrance. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/in-grief-and-poetry-with-patrick-de-belen-screening-poetry-workshop-tickets-868731408027?aff=oddtdtcreator

The gallery is wheelchair accessible and a gender-neutral washroom is on-site.

Please refrain from wearing scents or heavy perfumes.

For more on accessibility including parking, seating, venue measurements and floor plan, and how to request ASL interpretation please visit: massyarts.com/accessibility

Covid Protocols: Masks keep our community safe and are mandatory (N95 masks are recommended as they offer the best protection). We ask if you are showing symptoms, that you stay home. Thank you kindly.

About Patrick:

Patrick de Belen is an award-winning poet, filmmaker, educator and storyteller of many other mediums. His poetry, films and other projects often explore themes of mental illness, the Filipino-Canadian experience, social justice, youth empowerment and advocacy, grief and healing.

He is most known for his poetic collaborations with the Toronto Raptors, the NFL, CBC, his 2 spoken word EPs and multiple cine-poems and independent films he wrote and directed himself.

When he isn’t onstage, or writing, he is an educator and youth mentor, partnering with many institutions like addiction centres, mental health focused organizations, libraries, schools, jails and more – advocating for storytelling opportunities and platforms in as many spaces as possible.


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