Opening with intimate park performances, the eco-activist Vines Art Festival plans to shift mostly online this year.
Running August 5 to 15, the fest won't culminate in its usual big outdoor celebration by Trout Lake for 2020. Instead, the multidisciplinary programming will stay socially distanced, streaming sonic performances in parks, outdoor contemporary dance, and even a Vogue Ball.
Opening Ceremonies will be the only in-person events, on August 5 in greenspaces including Creekside Park, CRAB Park, Strathcona Park, Hadden Park, David Lam Park, and Trout Lake Park. These "intimate circles" will bring together a few audience members and artists to explore the importance of land-based art, justice, and existence, Vines announced this week. Audiences wil have to register at www.vinesartfestival.com/, where you can find more info on the fest.
Then, throughout the festival, Adriana Contreras's Interactive Online Map will showcase Host Nation village sites and Indigenous flora and fauna, while also engaging the audience with the geographical history and the impact of art surrounding those parks. Each of the six greenspaces Vines is working in this year will have an accompanying downloadable Sonic Performances featuring over 50 artists.
Elsewhere amid the online offerings:
- August 7: Freedom: Stories of Black Liberation, originally planned for Creekside Park in partnership with Afro Van Connect, celebrates the soul of historic Hogan’s Alley with artists including Dae Nneka, Kor Kase, Mariam Barry, Maggie Onedo, Tunji Taylor-Lewis, Jason Bempong, Pedro Chamale, Siobhan Barker, and Eddy van Wyk.
- August 9: Sounds Like Growth focuses on Indigenous food sovereignty and self actualization, in partnership with Jaz Whitford of the Indigenous Food Sovereignty Group at Strathcona Park Fieldhouse.
- August 11: Eco Mini Ball with Van Vogue Jam, sharing the rich history of the Ball scene while having a dialogue on eco-friendly and sustainable art practices. Van Vogue Jam hosts the preliminary Vogue Balls on August 7th and 8th.
- August 13: Fluidity: Bodies, Sound and Land showcases the ways in which bodies, sound, and land are in relationship with each other, featuring All Bodies Dance, Alyssa Amarshi, and Caroline Hebert exploring their connection with Hadden Park.
- August 15: The Resilient Roots Project, a Vines Art Festival staple led by Senaqwila Wyss (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh ethnobotanist) and Vines artistic director Heather Lamoureux featuring the voices, art, and work of some of the emerging voices in Indigenous arts and activism and highlighting queer, trans, and Two Spirit voices.