The Georgia Straight named Vines Festival “Best New Festival”
“This truly grassroots East Van happening shows eco art in every possible manifestation, pushing into the highly conceptual, the performance-art based, and the provocative. The fest, in only its second year, avoids the literal and is full of surprises and wonder. That’s what it will take to wake people to the enviro crisis at hand.”
– The Georgia Straight
Vines is a community/professional arts organization and festival that is responsive to and nurturing of artists that are working toward land, water, and relational justice. We support underrepresented voices in developing their work. We bring imagination into everyday spaces by presenting work for free on “earthstages” – populated and natural public spaces in Vancouver and throughout the province
Art is created in relationship to the place and land it is presented on and has transformative power to change and heal the way we are together.
WHAT WE DO
- Reconsider how performance is presented by creating on and with the land. Site specific: in architecture and story
- Enliven and disrupt populated public space with artistic offerings
- Community development
- Work in relation to land, people, place
- Build and foster a loving community based on reciprocity
- Utilize art as a method to work toward decolonization and address social issues in relationship to race, class, and gender
- Work towards accessible events that are cuturally diverse; inviting for disabled, gender non-conforming, and low income people; and for all ages.
- Remain nimble and responsive to our community by creating platforms that take care of artists rather than object
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Vines Art Festival was created by director Heather Lamoureux in 2015. It is an annual event on on unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations (Vancouver, BC). The festival has been rapidly growing in size, and completed its fifth edition in 2019. Audiences and local artists raved about Vines Festival – one festival-goer called it a “rewarding and rejuvenating experience that connected [them] deeper to the park and local community”. A truly grassroots initiative, our budget has grown from $4,000 to $200,000 and received support from the Canada Council, BC Arts Council, City of Vancouver, Canadian Heritage, BC Gaming, Vancity Bank, as well as individual donors. The funding we receive allows us to hire more artists, to host more events over a longer period of time in a variety of locations, and thereby reach larger, more diverse audiences. In 2019 Vines hosted and 11-day festival, presenting over 90 performances with over 200 individual artists involved and was attended by over 5000 people. Our commissioning programs include Resilient Roots (grassroots Indigenous artists), Vines’ Youth Program, Intersections; we recently have begun touring and presenting additional showcases with these programs.
Vines Art Festival takes place on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.
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