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Sunday, December 3, 2023
Dec. 3, 2023

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Letter: Bravo to arts festival


The recent inaugural Vancouver USA Arts and Music Festival was an overwhelming success. We attended all three days and were so pleased to see so many people each day in Esther Short Park enjoying our beautiful Vancouver and our vibrant arts scene.

Having visual art displayed in space at the Hilton Vancouver Washington was a real plus, and having the tents with artwork around the park created a wonderful atmosphere. Great music of all types on three stages filled the air with festive vibrations. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra was superb all three days with world-renowned guest artists, including Anne Akiko Meyers and Orli Shaham. Bravo to Maestro Brotons for building an orchestra that can attract world-class musicians to come play with the VSO.

Bravo to all the organizers, sponsors, and artists. Bravo, Vancouver and Southwest Washington for your participation in this marvelous festival. We look forward to coming to this festival next year and in years to come.

The time is now to build a performing and visual arts center in the Vancouver downtown waterfront area so citizens of Southwest Washington can enjoy the arts year-round, rain or shine. The arts are the heart of a community and give us the opportunity to gather together to experience the best of humanity.

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