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Main Street Vancouver Celebrates Public Art August 20th

Main Street Vancouver Celebrates Public Art August 20th


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Great Beginnings Program and Mural Tours

The Great Beginnings Program is a project launched in 2008, in celebration of Vancouver’s culture, heritage and history, in commemoration of Canada’s 150th birthday. Neighbourhoods covered include Chinatown, Gastown, Strathcona and Japantown, and the provincial government committed $10 million over three years. The program is geared towards restoring the public appeal of the founding neighbourhood, through improvements to public spaces, streets and buildings. It also promotes street festivals, celebrations, the arts and cultural activities.

In celebration of street art and culture, 4 Eastside Mural Tours have been organized by geographic location. Walking, each of the tours takes between 30 and 60 minutes.

Each of the tours has a downloadable map:

The Vancouver Mural Festival

The first Vancouver Mural Festival is expected to draw between 80,000 – 100,000 people to the Main Street community of Mount Pleasant on August 20th. To put on this event, The Create Vancouver Society partnered with the Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Area, Burrard Arts Foundation and the City of Vancouver. On the day of the festival, more than 40 artists will install more than 35 permanent murals. Main Street will be closed between 7th and 12th Avenues. Outdoor murals will be created primarily in the Mount Pleasant and False Creek Flats areas of Vancouver

This will be Vancouver’s largest public art celebration. Art, music and various community events will take place throughout the day. The Burrard Arts Foundation will showcase the works of participating artists. This year’s contributing artists include Corey Bulpitt, Bicicleta Sem Freio (Brazil), Kashink (France), Low Bros (Germany), Nevercrew (Switzerland), Scott Sueme (local), Ola Volo and Andrew Young.

More than 150 businesses are expected to be involved, with public markets, interactive art exhibits, dance and music performances, artistic activities and workshops, community art projects and more. Entertainment will include more than 20 bands on 5 free stages, including Willa, The Katherines and Hey Ocean!

Underplay, a new club music series that will launch during this event, will highlight several concert venues in Mount Pleasant, including the Anza Club, Fox Cabaret, The Biltmore, and The Cobalt.

Day: Saturday, August 20, 2016

Time:  12:00pm 7:00p

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