Public Disco returns to Alley Oop with free all-ages dance party on June 2

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      Local event startup Public Disco is holding a free pop-up dance party in downtown Vancouver on June 2.

      Taking place in Alley Oop, a laneway south of West Hastings and between Pender and Seymour streets that was transformed into a multi-hued public space by the Downtown Vancouver BIA and HCMA Architecture + Design in 2016, the gathering will feature ping pong, a kids’ play area, and a lineup of local DJs that includes Niña MendozaNeighbourWabi Sladi, and Ryan Wells.

      Revellers are asked to “dress to impress”, though a sparkle station will be available onsite for anyone who needs to add a little extra oomph to their ’fit. There, guests can accessorize with biodegradable glitter and face paint with the help of Vancouver-based makeup artist Jena Jac.

      The shindig, which happens from 2 to 9 p.m., is open to anyone and everyone. Public Disco stresses that its events are “a safe space for people of all ages, genders, ethnicities, abilities, and sexual orientations to express their identity”.

      Founded by local electronic-music collective Groundwerk in 2017, Public Disco organizes pop-up dance parties around the city in an effort to connect strangers through music. The group has appeared in public spaces such as Granville Island, Jim Deva Plaza, and alleyways in Mount Pleasant and Commercial Drive.

      Public Disco’s pop-up dance party takes place at Alley Oop on June 2, from 2 to 9 p.m. For details, see the Facebook event page.

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