vancouver cherry blossom festival

vancouver cherry blossom festival

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival The 13th annual Festival officially launches April 4 to celebrate the arrival of spring and the city’s spectacular 43,000 blossoming cherry trees. Running until April 28, the Festival inspires hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors each year and welcomes you to its 19 events, most of which are free! (Vancouver, Apr. 4-28)

Field Guides For Listeners Open Space artist-run centre presents a collaboration between sound artist Jenni Schine and visual artist Jay White which examines the relationship between art and science through studying the effects of salmon farming on the Pacific Coast of B.C. This ongoing project draws attention to salmon spawning and farming through Schine’s audio work and a graphic novel written and illustrated by White (Open Space, Victoria, Apr. 12-May 31)


Short Circuit Film Festival presented by CineVic the 7th annual Festival includes 25 short films from near and far, the CINE⚡SPARK Top 5 live pitch event, a visiting filmmakers panel, and parties (of course)! (Various Victoira venues, May 3 & 4)


Crafted Vancouver-Made To Be Discovered 25 Days in May. Designed to celebrate the vitality of our hand-crafted world, Crafted Vancouver brings together exceptional local, national & international artisans & designers, studios, galleries, museums, showrooms, shops & luxury retail making, exhibiting or selling fine craft-based work (Various Venues, Vancouver, May 6-30); includes REEL Crafted Film Festival 2019 May 24-25

North Van Arts International Film Series is presented in cooperation with the Toronto International Film Festival.
Capernaum, May 8
Free Solo, May 22
(Park & Tilford Cinemas, North Vancouver)

Toad People: What does it take to save a species?

Toad People: What does it take to save a species?

Toad People: DOXA Documentary Film Festival Screening What does it take to save a species? Join us for the Vancouver premiere of Isabelle Groc and Mike McKinlay’s Toad People (Canada, 2017, 76 mins). Produced by local grassroots environmental organization, Wilderness Committee (Museum of Vancouver, May 9)

James and the Giant CIRCUS Peach
CircusWest presents its newest theatrical circus creation inspired by the famous children’s book by Roald Dahl, a story of a young boy who befriends a colony of eccentric giant bugs who live inside a gigantic peach, and chronicles their travels around the world (PNE Garden Auditorium, Vancouver, May 9-12)

Spirit of India Spring Festival Welcome spring and celebrate South Asian art and culture. The Spring Festival features art, music, cultural performances, demonstrations, and activities (Port Moody Arts Centre, May 11)

Art After Dark: Galaxy Edition
Place des Arts’ Youth Arts Council invites teens ages 13-17 to a free night of the arts. Grab some friends and explore your artistic and creative interests through a variety of casual, space-themed arts activities (Place des Arts, Coquitlam, May 25)

Dinner By Starlight: The Future is Asian Indian Summer’s annual Dinner by Starlight gala fundraiser with renowned geostrategist and bestselling author Dr. Parag Khanna. The evening’s theme is in honour of Dr. Khanna’s just-released book of the same name (Fairmont Waterfront, Vancouver, May 25)

Heritage House Tour This self-guided tour offers a look inside homes across Vancouver, varying in age and style, each with a unique story to tell. In 2019 we will explore houses dating back to 1895, spanning six decades and five neighbourhoods (Various Homes around Vancouver, Jun. 2)

News & Announcements

Arts Umbrella announces Creative Launchpad, a new scholarship program offering youth equitable access to post-secondary studies in the arts and creative sector. The scholarship is open for applications until May 3.

Arts Champion Michael Noon

Arts Champion Michael Noon

Arts Champion Michael Noon has passed away Michael Noon, beloved member of the arts community, was a tireless advocate and supporter of the arts across Canada for more than four decades. In BC, he first was the Founding Managing Director of the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC and later worked for, or was on the Board of Directors of numerous arts organizations including Roundhouse Community Centre, Vancouver Civic Theatres, Blackbird Theatre, Festival Vancouver, National Ballet and BC Alliance for Arts + Culture. A celebration of Michael's life will be held on May 31, 2019 at 3 p.m. at the Chan Centre.

Franco Boni

Franco Boni

Franco Boni Appointed Artistic & Executive Director of PuSh Festival Following an extensive national search, PuSh International Performing Arts Festival’s (PuSh) Board of Directors announce the appointment of Franco Boni as Artistic and Executive Director. Boni will assume the role on June 1, 2019.


The Francophone Pioneers of Vancouver: A Little-known History and Legacy Presented by Vancouver Heritage Foundation, Maurice Guibord, President of Société historique francophone de la Colombie-Britannique will bring the early Francophone settlers in Vancouver to light and highlight their significance in the region’s history and landscape (University Women’s Club at Hycroft, Vancouver, Apr. 30)

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