November 29, 2023

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Vines Art Festival’s 4th annual multidisciplinary, eco-arts, all-ages festival August 8th-19th in Vancouver Parks: Granville Island, Kitsilano (Hadden Park), CRAB Park, Trillium Park, & the all-day event at Trout Lake Park on August 18th. ALL FREE!, @VinesFestival Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

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Vines Art Festival, Vancouver’s unique multidisciplinary eco-arts festival, features over 70 performing and

visual artists at parks throughout Vancouver: Trout Lake Park, Kitsilano Beach, CRAB Park, Granville Island, Roundhouse Community Centre, and Strathcona Park – August 8th-19th, with the main event at Trout Lake Park on August 18th. In its fourth year, this 100% free, all-ages, event joins activism with the arts, not to mention it’s fun, interactive and celebratory!

A community-driven event featuring visual and performing artists, eco-conscious community leaders, herbalists, urban farmers, and woodcarvers, Vines celebrates our stunning Coast Salish land through earth-inspired art and performance. Vine’s main event is at Trout Lake Park, at the South end of the lake, on August 18th from 1:00 pm – 7:30 pm where artists will enliven the park performing, installing and leading workshops on “earthstages.” On August 14th and 16th at CRAB Park from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Squamish language singers, hip hop and dance artists join stem mother tongue (Eddy Van Wyck) exploring the intersection between mental health and environmental justice, using raw voice expression and stories in artist’s native languages.

Some of the artists include: Kimmortal, a queer filipin@, diasporic first generation settler based on unceded, unsurrendered Coast Salish Territories; Katie Cassady, a dancer and choreographer (TWObigsteps Collective & Donald Sales/Project 20); Rabbit Richards, a New York-born, Montreal-bred, performance poet; musicians an̓usáyum̓, two Indigenous artists from the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Nation, singing their own contemporary western music and Coast Salish traditional singing; Art is Land Network (AILN), an artist collective whose shared connection is the use of natural and repurposed materials to engage with the landscape; Onibana Taiko, three veterans of Vancouver’s Taiko community drawing from Japanese traditional music/festival rituals with an edge of punk aesthetics; Naomi Steinberg, an accomplished performer, storyteller, and site-specific installation artist and author of Goosefeather; Christian Vistan, a Filipino-Canadian, whose painting and writing installation practice questions labour, lineage, and artistic production through the lense of his migrant identity; Rafał Czachor, a sociologist, hiker, gardener, social practice nerd and student of detoxifying masculinities, whose practices span writing, research, performance, youth work and community action; and All Bodies Dance. New to the festival, our Youth Program features six new artistic disruptions by young artists.

At the heart of Vines, the Resilient Roots Project, led by Senaqwila Wyss (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Ethnobotanist), Heather Lamoureux (Artistic Director of Vines Festival), and Sara Cadeau (Anishnaabe Kwe, ceremonialist, singer, writer, maker of medicines and helper of people), is a commissioning project partnering emerging and mid-career Indigenous artivists to create a new work to be performed at Trout Lake on  August 17 & 18. Participants include Alex McCallum (Kwakwaka’wakw, Nuu-Cha-Nulth, multimedia artist and Beau Dicks’ nephew), Crystal Smith (Tsimshian, Haisla, educator, performer); Jaye Simpson (Oji-Cree Anishinaabe, Two Spirit warrior); Jaz Whitford (Secwepemc, street musician, slam poet), Mitcholos (Nuučan̓uɫ,  Poet of Honor, Rising Voice of Canadian Festival of Spoken Word 2017 and a member of  Vancouver Poetry Slam 2018-19), Valeen Jules (Nuu-Cha-Nulth and Kwakwaka’wakw political organizer, motivational speaker, youth outreach worker, spoken word artist). Resilient Roots mentors include; Nikki Ermineskin, Ronnie Dean Harris, Edziu, Sandy Scofield, Jonina Kirton, and Rosemary Georgeson.

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