2018 marked the Festival’s third year. It had grown in every way: more partners, more events, and more venues. 2018 also featured the Festival’s new tagline, highlighting the Festival’s objective of lifelong learning: Learn. Grow. Thrive. The entire program of events explored health and wellness in all aspects and in every way.
Many milestones were celebrated in 2018. More organizations joined the planning committee, creating the potential for new partnerships and collaborations through innovative programming. A Community Ambassadors Program was implemented which supported individuals with barriers to employment by providing meaningful work experience during the Festival period. A standalone opening event – PechaKucha Night at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – was the first PechaKucha ever held in Burnaby.