Vines Arts Festival unveils eco-activated programming for fourth annual fest August 8 to 18

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      The multidisciplinary, eco-minded Vines Art Festival has just announced details for its event, which runs from August 8 and wraps on August 18 with the main event at Trout Lake Park.

      The fourth annual event on August 18, held at the south end of the lake, will run from 1 to 7:30 p.m., with artists performing, installing work, and leading workshops on “earthstages".

      They include queer filipin@ rapper-soul singer Kimmortal; dancer and choreographer Katie Cassady of TWObigsteps Collective and Donald Sales/Project 20; New York-born, Montreal-bred, performance poet Rabbit Richards; Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Nation musicians an̓usáyum̓; artist collective Art Is Land Network (AILN), which uses natural and repurposed materials to engage with the landscape; punk-edged percussion masters Onibana Taiko; storyteller and installation author Naomi Steinberg; Filipino-Canadian writer and painter Christian Vistan; sociologist, hiker, gardener, "social practice nerd and student of detoxifying masculinities" Rafał Czachor; and All Bodies Dance.

      New to the festival, a Youth Program also features six new artistic disruptions by young artists.

      Meanwhile, Vines' Resilient Roots Project, led by Senaqwila Wyss (a Sḵwx̱wú7mesh ethnobotanist), Heather Lamoureux (artistic director of Vines Festival), and Sara Cadeau (an Anishnaabe Kwe eremonialist, singer, writer, and medicine maker), is commissioning a project partnering emerging and mid-career Indigenous "artivists" to create a new work to be performed at Trout Lake on  August 17 and 18. Participants include Alex McCallum (Kwakwaka'wakw, Nuu-Cha-Nulth, multimedia artist and Beau Dick's nephew); Crystal Smith (Tsimshian, Haisla, educator, performer); Jaye Simpson (Oji-Cree Anishinaabe, Two Spirit warrior); Jaz Whitford (Secwepemc, street musician, slam poet); Mitcholos (Nuučan̓uɫ,  poet and spoken-word artist); and Valeen Jules (Nuu-Cha-Nulth and Kwakwaka'wakw political organizer, motivational speaker, youth outreach worker, spoken-word artist). Resilient Roots mentors include Nikki Ermineskin, Ronnie Dean Harris, Edziu, Sandy Scofield, Jonina Kirton, and Rosemary Georgeson.

      Also look for visual artists to be eco-activating parks throughout Vancouver in the leadup to the main event, performing and holding workshops at Kitsilano Beach, CRAB Park, Granville Island, Roundhouse Community Centre, and Strathcona Park.

      On August 14 and 16 at CRAB Park from 6 to 9 p.m., Squamish language singers, hip-hop, and dance artists join stem mother tongue (Eddy Van Wyck) exploring the intersection between mental health and environmental justice.