Vancouver Mural Festival
Use this interactive map to see where artists are painting 30 massive murals this week. The festival also features the Painters Prom, with "a dress-up and paint-splatter zone," where you can decorate yourself for the night, and the Mount Pleasant Street Party, with graffiti jams, street-dance battles, a roller disco. and music by Hannah Georgas, the Belle Game, Schwey, beatboxer Shamik and others. Organizers say this year they tried to make sure the festival roster was comprised of at least 50 percent female or non-binary artists, artists of colour and Indigenous artists.
(Vancouver: Aug. 6-11)
Where the Musqueam and Maya Meet: Indigenous Knowledge of Land and Sea
The Museum of Anthropology at UBC hosts an afternoon that honours Indigenous knowledge, featuring a tour of the Maya Garden at UBC Farm, a lunch of Maya and Musqueam foods in MOA’s Haida House, presentations from knowledge holders of both cultures, and curator-led tours of MOA’s exhibitions.
(Vancouver: Aug. 12)
Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival
Vancouver Community Arts Council presents the second annual festival featuring visual and performing artists who've had little or no contact with the mainstream art world.
(Vancouver: Aug. 10-12)
Vines Art Festival
The fourth eco-conscious festival features 70 artists presenting multidisciplinary works at six outdoor locations. Naming it Best New Festival, Georgia Straight says, “this truly grassroots happening shows eco art in every possible manifestation, pushing into the highly conceptual, the performance-art based, and the provocative. The fest avoids the literal and is full of surprises and wonder.”
(Vancouver: Aug. 8-19)
Columbia Basin Culture Tour
Explore 83 artists’ studios, museums, art galleries and heritage sites via a self-guided tour of an area that spans some 80,000 square kilometres in Southeast BC, from Grand Forks to Revelstoke and as far east as Fernie. Nelson features the most venues, including a vintage Airstream trailer which has been transformed into a showcase for Tracy Fillion's plant-dyed clothing, and ceramics and jewellery by local and BC artists.
(Columbia Basin: Aug. 11-12)
New Westminster Cultural Crawl
More than 150 artists show works in 37 venues, including home studios in some of the most most beautiful heritage houses in the province.
(New Westminster: Aug. 10-12)
Social Sundays at VanDusen
Just weeks after presenting its inaugural free concert at Sunset Beach Park, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation team up again for another first: a series of chamber music concerts in VanDusen Botanical Garden. VSO President Kelly Tweeddale says the musicians are thrilled about performing in such a serene and beautiful place, but also: “As an organization focused on ensuring sustainable jobs for musicians, this chamber series is an opportunity for our musicians to work during the summer months when the orchestra is normally off contract.”
(Vancouver: Sundays until Aug. 26)
TUTS and Bard on The Beach Held Over
For an unprecedented fifth year in a row, demand for Theatre Under The Stars at Malkin Bowl has lead to another week-long hold-over. Theatre critic Colin Thomas calls Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,“perfect.” And audiences can’t get enough of Bard on the Beach’s 1960s inspired As You Like It at Vanier Park. The musical, while draws upon the Beatles songbook, has broken attendance records and will be held-over for four additional shows. Says artistic director Christopher Gaze: “As You Like It is a unique phenomenon. Its audiences are cheering with enthusiasm and excitement and it’s become a huge favourite with people of all ages, and from dedicated Shakespeare fans to those who don’t know Shakespeare at all! We’ve made the decision to extend our season by an extra week—a first for the Festival.”
(Vancouver: TUTS through Aug. 25; Bard on the Beach through Sept. 28)