Public Disco pop-up event returns to Jim Deva Plaza

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      Grab your funky leotards and knee-high platform boots—Groundwerk’s pop-up disco party is back by by popular demand this December.

      Public Disco reimagines new uses for the city’s nooks and crannies, and, over the course of the last five months, has brought its glittery vibes to streets and laneways around Vancouver. Previously livening up—amongst others—Granville and Hastings’ Alley Oop, a parking lot near Main and Broadway, and a spot just off Commercial’s McSpadden park, the event takes underused outdoor spaces and transforms them into upbeat and lively jams.

      This time commissioned as part of the Lumière Festival—an eight-day long celebration of light, art, and community, including installations and street events— Public Disco’s fifth edition encourages attendees to don their sparkly spandex (or hit Value Village) in an attempt to break down self-consciousness and allow personal expression. Letting loose is the aim of the evening, with all ages able to party for free.

      Behind the decks will be local favourites xtine—master of acid and tech-house—and Steamworks’ house DJ Zarfan. Long-standing underground pioneer Nathan Mots and cosmic disco aficionado DJ Taffi Louis will round out the lineup.

      Known as one of the most progressively minded collectives putting on shows around town, Groundwerk makes it a vital part of their mandate to create a safe space for people of all genders, ethnicities, abilities, and sexual orientations. Mutual respect is key to the Public Disco parties, as is fostering a sense of community. And, of course, having a really great time.

      Public Disco is at Jim Deva Plaza (1200 Bute Street) on Saturday (December 9) from 5 p.m. until 10.30 p.m. More info is available here.

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