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Summer at the International Writers’ and Artists’ Residence — Val-David, Quebec, Canada

Summer 2011 started early at the Residence, with the visit of Dr. Li Zhi from the University of Beijing, followed by the III Multilingual Poetry Festival "Palabra en el Mundo V" on May 21 and 22, 2011, in the presence of Mrs. Nicole Davidson, the Mayor of Val-David and with the participation of numerous writers and artists from all over the world.

"Thank you for inviting me to this Festival. Rest assured that I will become your most ardent ambassador and your faithful supporter" Mrs. Nicole Davidson, Mayor of Val-David

The Festival was followed by the arrival of Anna Levine, an award winning author of novels for young adults living in Israel, and Jane Finlayson a writer from Toronto. More artists and writers from Toronto, Canada and Teheran, Iran are to arrive shortly.

"There is a little piece of heaven on earth and I have found it here with Flavia at Val-David, a writers’ heaven like no other." Anna Levine—Jerusalem, Israel

The May Festival was a huge success with the participants and the public.

Here are some opinions of the participants in The Third Festival International at Val-David:

It is a great pleasure to immerse myself into this poetic ambiance, among these men and women writers and artists from all over the world. I wish you the best of luck in continuing with this beautiful work that allows all of us to share so many sensations and emotions.
Until next time

Thierno Suleymane Barry—Guinea

Congratulations for the wonderful festival where poetry was the queen of the house! I was honored to be the coordinator of such an amazing festival. I am looking forward to coming back among these wonderful places and people. I was delighted to share poetry with them.
Luminita Suse—Ottawa, ON

Dear Flavia, you are an amazing poetess and your soul is immense. The Festival was wonderful! A thousand colors of happiness! My admiration and my best wishes for the future!
Carmen Doreal—Deux Montagnes, QC

Dear Flavia, our friendship grows with every encounter you organize here at the International Writers’ and Artists’ Residence and I am very proud of it. Thank you for all you’re doing for the poetry and the poets! See you soon,

Benedetta I Pignataro and Michael Kainz

The readings in four languages have demonstrated that poetry lives through its universality and doesn’t have borders or barriers. I wish you good luck for the future editions.
Alexandru Tomescu—Toronto, ON

Summer nights at Val-David (view from the Residence)
photo by Flavia Cosma

Now that the III Festival International “PALABRA en el MUNDO V” (May 21, 22, 2011), is out of the way, and we still have some time left until The IV International Writers’ Festival “Lyrical Wild Berries Harvest”, a multilingual poetry and prose reading that will take place at the Writers’ and Artists’ Residence in the town of Val-David, Quebec, on October 29 and 30, 2011, we can relax enjoy the weather and Write, Write, Write!!!

A note for those interested: The list for the upcoming October 29th and 30th Festival is still open and we invite multilingual writers to join us if they wish. Please contact Flavia Cosma at flaviacosma888@yahoo.ca for further details.

For more information about the Centre, application forms and photos please visit the Residence’s site at http://www.flaviacosma.com/Val_David.html