The 6th annual Vines Art Festival, is just days away. The free, all-ages multidisciplinary arts festival returns Wednesday August 5 – 15, 2020. However, like most Arts organizations in the COVID-ear, Vines is helping keep patrons and artists safe by offering mainly online programming, with a few limited in-person outdoor gatherings.
The Vines Art Festival August 5th, Opening Ceremonies take place in parks across the city including; Creekside Park, CRAB Park, Strathcona Park, Hadden Park, David Lam Park and Trout Lake Park. Each park will hold intimate circles; bringing together a few audience members and artists to explore the importance of land based art, justice and existence. Register for Opening Ceremonies and other tickets online at vinesartfestival.com.
The scheduled events for the rest of Vine Art Festival include;
August 7th : Freedom: Stories of Black Liberation, highlights Black voices
August 9th : Sounds Like Growth, focuses on Indigenous food sovereignty and self actualization.
August 11th : Eco Mini Ball with Van Vogue Jam, sharing the collective brilliance and rich history of the Ball scene while simultaneously having a dialogue on eco-friendly and sustainable art practices in a fun twist.
August 13th : Fluidity: Bodies, Sound and Land showcases the ways in which bodies, sound and land are in relationship with each other.
August 15th : Resilient Roots Project, led by Senaqwila Wyss (S?wx?wú7mesh Ethnobotanist), and Heather Lamoureux (Artistic Director of Vines Festival) featuring the voices, art and work of some of the emerging voices in Indigenous arts, activism and community.
An Interactive Online Map created by Adriana Contreras is available, throughout the Festival, showcasing Host Nation village sites, important Indigenous flora and fauna, while also engaging the audience with geographical history and the impact of art in the neighbouring areas that intersected at these many Parks. Each of the six parks we are working in this year will have an accompanying Sonic Performances featuring over 50 artists. Audience members can download Sonic Performances to enjoy at their own leisure while also engaging in a new way with the parks they’ve grown to love, bringing stories of place, history and futurisms from their very neighbours.
For detailed descriptions of the daily events and all other Vines Art Festival programming visit vinesartfestival.com