By JEFF ALLEN
The Downtown Eastside has faced its share of problems over the years, with urban gentrification always a hot-button topic. The Heart of the City Festival showcases the stories and art of Vancouver’s founding neighbourhood. From Oct. 23 to Nov. 10, experience a broad range of performers, workshops, readings and exhibits at various venues. The drum-based group Uzume Taiko (pictured) always delivers a dynamic musical spectacle. Out on a Limb offers a unique multimedia experience, with the show’s storytellers projected onto trees in an outdoor setting. The good news is that this cultural celebration—now in its 10th year—continues to flourish.