Vancouver Twestival 2011
Thursday, 24 March 2011
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Twestival in Photos
25 March 2011

Last night over 200 people gathered 30-stories above downtown Vancouver for food, wine, activities, prizes, and most importantly - to support Beauty Night Society.

While the organizing team is getting some much-deserved rest, I just wanted to put up a quick post with some photos from last night.

Thanks to Jeremy Lim Photography, Smart Pics Photobooth, and Three Sixty Photo's photobooth for their contributions as well as the many attendees who took photos throughout the night.

View all photos tagged #yvrtwestival on Flickr.

Dining Out For Life 2011
23 March 2011

It just so happens that on the same night that over 150 cities around the world are hosting events for local causes, there's another very worthy charity-driven event happening in Vancouver.

For the second year, Vancouver's Twestival event takes place on the same day as Dining Out For Life -- a city-wide campaign to raise funds and support for people living with HIV/AIDS through Loving Spoonful and Friends For Life.

Over 230 restaurants will be donating 25% of their sales on March 24th to these two very worthy causes. We would like to encourage Vancouverites to have lunch, an early dinner, or a late dinner at one of these establishments.

Within the vicinity of our venue there is:

Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar

Diva at the Met 

The Mill Marine Bistro 

Prestons - Pender at the Coast Hotel

Showcase Restaurant  at the Marriott

Wild Rice 

... and over a dozen more listed for downtown alone. If you're dining out on Thursday, March24th, please do so at one of these participating restaurants. We then look forward to seeing you at Twestival from 6:00pm - 8:30pm.


Attendee Email
23 March 2011

The following email has been sent to all attendees with important "night of" information:

Good afternoon and thank you for registering for Vancouver's 4th Twestival. Tomorrow we will be gathering to support Beauty Night Society, an amazing non-profit organization that you will be able to learn all about at the event. Here are a few key items to note for tomorrow and a preview of what to expect on-site. 

Please use @YVRTwestival or #YVRTwestival for event updates on Twitter. 

When you arrive at Harbour Centre (555 West Hastings) head downstairs to the elevator area for the Vancouver Lookout. The registration tables will be there and volunteers will check you in. You will receive a name tag that *must be worn* in order to gain entry to the elevator, and Twestival upstairs. 

Once upstairs, find your way around the 360 degree space and check out our photobooths, sponsor booths, the silent auction table, and most importantly visit Beauty Night to find out more about their organization. Mayor Gregor Robertson will be addressing the crowd at 6:45pm followed by an introduction to Beauty Night by its founder, Caroline Macgilivary. 


  • At registration each guest will receive 1 complimentary wine ticket so they can enjoy a glass from our sponsorsHester Creek WinerySummerhill Pyramid WineryNichol Vineyards, and Tinhorn Creek Winery
  • Non-alcoholic beverages will be available thanks to Ethical Bean Coffee and Libre Tea
  • Roaming Dragon is serving up a selection of light canapes for guests including vegetarian options

  • CASH - ATM
    Twestival is an all-inclusive event however you may want to bring cash to purchase additional wine tickets for $5 or Beauty Night prize/donation bracelets for $10. There is an ATM on-site, upstairs in the main venue room. Silent auction prizes will be paid out online, using credit card or PayPal. 

    There is no ticketed raffle this year but there is another prize system:
  • At registration downstairs or at the cashier upstairs you can purchase a Beauty Night bracelet for a $10 donation.
  • Each bracelet will be numbered so you can then go to the Beauty Night table, show them your number, and that may correspond to one of our available prizes (valued at $25 - $100)
  • The silent auction table will include donated items such as wine, spa treatments, hotel stays, and an iPad2.

  • I would like to highlight that none of this would be possible without the support of our sponsors. 100% of Twestival tickets, raffle, silent auction and any other proceeds must go directly to our cause so all event expenses, food, entertainment, and more is possible thanks to the following for their generous donations: 

  • Vancouver Lookout
  • ING Direct
  • London Drugs
  • Socialized
  • Roaming Dragon
  • Lonsdale Event Rentals

  • Please visit to view our full list of event and prize sponsors. 

    Last but not least, my sincere appreciation goes to the Vancouver Twestival organizing team: Azita Ardakani, Kirsten Bailey, Bob Kronbauer, Melissa Joaquin, Sonia Ryan, Kim Werker, and Marc Smith - event planner extraordinaire. 

    I look forward to seeing you tomorrow! 

    Rebecca Bollwitt
    Vancouver Twestival Team Lead 


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