The Vines Art Festival is returning to parks and beaches throughout Vancouver from August 7 to 18.
The festival, now in its fifth year, is a multi-disciplinary, community-driven, eco-arts event featuring over 80 visual and performing artists. They will be performing during free, all-ages events at places like Kitsilano Beach, David Lam Park, and Creekside Park.
The artists’ goal is to celebrate the traditional land of the Coast Salish peoples by incorporating it into their performances. Many of the events will be inspired by land justice issues, ecological concerns, or feature folk artists and storytellers.
The opening ceremony will be held on August 7th at Jericho Beach Park, featuring Indigenous dance company Raven Spirit Dance. Other dance performances include All Bodies Dance, Maura Garcia, and Dario Dinuzzi at Hadden Park on August 8th, and Erica Dee and Kwiigay at Crab Park on August 9th
On August 13th at Crab Park will be an Eco Runway show featuring drag artists and cultural celebrations, with Ralph Escamillion presenting and a performance by dance group Immigrant Lessons.
On August 17th, as the festival draws to a close, the biggest event showcases more than 20 artists at Trout Lake Park. There will be performances, art installations, workshops, and a special appearance by Juno-nominated blues singer Ndidi O.