Vancouver Mural Festival announces female-strong lineup and Mount Pleasant Street Party on August 11

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      Create Vancouver Society has announced a lineup of artists with a strong female contingent for the third annual Vancouver Mural Festival from August 6 to 11.

      Amid the 28 names that will be bringing public art to the walls of the city this summer is an all-women lineup of international guests: South Africa's FaithXLVII, Los Angeles's Bunnie Reiss, and New York City's BK Foxx.

      Local standouts include Danielle Krysa (The Jealous Curator) and Musqueam designer and weaver Debra Sparrow.

      The VMF also announced a number of new local murals to be created in partnership with the Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts, THRIVE Art Studio, Burrard Arts Foundation, and Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House.

      Here are the rest of the artists adding their touch to local walls during the event: Alexia Tryfon, Altheana Picha, Andres Salaz, Ciara Havishya, Def3, Guts, Hanna Lee Joshi, James Acrow, Jean-Paul Langlois, Jordan Gallie, Luke Ramsay, Mable, Michelle Nguyen, Nabes, Other, Phantoms In The Front Yard, Renos, Ronnie Dean Harris Sage, Sara Khan, T-Bone, Tyler Toews, Vers, Zac George, and Zox. The society said the artists were chosen from 700 applications.

      The fest will usher in more than 30 new murals and host painting, dialogues, parties, and art openings, all culminating in the massive Mount Pleasant Street Party on August 11. Streets and alleys around Main Street will come alive with interactive art activities, music, markets, street-dance contests, graffiti jams, a craft beer garden, and more, with a projected attendance of above 125,000 people. Afterwards, at 6 p.m., a ticketed concert takes place in Jonathan Rodgers Park; details to be announced soon.

      Event organizers and curators are holding an info session and Q & A about the selection process on Monday (June 18) at 6 p.m. at Heritage Hall (3102 Main Street).

      For a pre-taste of what's to come, head to Create Vancouver Society's Strathcona Street Party on June 23 at the intersection of 877 East Cordova Street and Campbell Street from noon to 8 p.m. Look for art, music, food trucks, and a craft beer garden by Vancouver Craft Beer Week.

      Create Vancouver Society runs the VMF with support from the City Of Vancouver, Mount Pleasant BIA, Canadian Heritage and the Province of British Columbia.