Live artistic performances will return to outdoor locations next month across the city.
That's because organizers of the Vines Art Festival have decided to resume in-person festivities after delivering almost all of their event online last year.
The festival runs from August 9 to 19 in several locations, including alongside its traditional site at Trout Lake, which is inside John Hendry Park. All events are free and the focus is in arts, community land justice, and nature.
Vines was created as a progressive festival by Heather Lamoureux in 2015. For its seventh year, it will include more than 100 performing and visual artists in what's being billed as "Feast Year".
The reopening ceremonies take place at 6 p.m. on August 9 at Second Beach with performances by Terreane Derrick, Ta’Kaiya Blaney, Manuel Axel Strain, and Kwiigay iiwaans.
The following day, Trout Lake will be the site of Vancouver Prison Justice Day beside the Claire Culhane Memorial Bench. Situated in the southeast corner of the park, the bench honours a legendary B.C. prisoners' rights activist.
On August 11, storytellers and artists will gather at 6 p.m. in New Brighton Park with presentations by erica hiroko isomura, Corrina Keeling, Shion Sky Carter, Vanessa Lefan Yuen and others in an event called Our Stories Embodied.
David Lam Park will be the site of a celebration of LGBT+ ingenuity on August 12 at 6 p.m. The focus will be on re-envisioning fashion with Mx Bukuru offering a highly original take on Project Runway.
More events are planned at 6 p.m. at CRAB Park on August 13, which will feature Dallanah Bowen, Makeda Martin, Gunargie O’Sullivan, and the DTES Arts Collective. This is called Our Homes.
Then Trout Lake will be the site of the biggest event, Stl'a7shn-chet (a.k.a. Our Feast), on August 14. The daylong festivities begin at 1:30 p.m. and feature a long list of artists and storytellers, including Siobhan Barker, Karanjit Shoker, Anjalica Soloman, and Katie Cassidy.
The festival continues on August 17 at Hadden Park for more storytelling, dance, and melodies in an event called We Will Move. Performers include Caroline Hébert, Hila Graf, and Iven Simonetti.
The final event is on August 19 at Creekside Park, featuring the Return of the Thunder Beings.
The Vines Art Festival includes ASL interpretation at most of its events.
In addition, Stl'a7shn-chet and We Will Move You will offer low-vision friendly performances.
The complete schedule is available here.