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


Hosting the Vines Art Festival in public spaces to be enjoyed for free is one of the ways in which we strive to make art accessible to different communities across Vancouver. However, we know that these spaces can be inaccessible for communities that experience physical and sensory barriers in navigating public space, and who may be exposed to life threatening situations in public, including folks who are disabled, Blind, have low vision, are Deaf, hard of hearing, neurodivergent, Black, Indigenous, of colour, migrants, houseless, queer, trans, and immunocompromised.

This year, COVID-19 has impacted these same marginalized communities, which many of us at Vines -including artists, audiences and organizers- serve and belong to. Many of us have limited access to healthcare, employment, public spaces, are being over policed, and on top of that, we have had to isolate ourselves from our people. This has driven us to create digital spaces where we can stay connected. Over the past months, we have hosted online conversations about disability, displacement, and offered modest community supports . We have also had to move the festival to a mostly online format. This change has put important accessibility and community projects on hold. It has also created new barriers, as many of the people that we have relationships to have no or limited access to the internet and technology.

We know that for art and spaces to be accessible they must be led by people who look like us and share our lived experiences. Our festival grows and thrives thanks to a diverse community that is open to dialogue and is generous with feedback, but we still have work to do and communities to reach out to. For instance, we have not yet done deep work alongside artists who are blind and have low vision, and are just beginning our relationships with artists who are Deaf and hard of hearing. We are committed to reaching out to artists and consultants from these communities for the coming festivals. This is work that we need to do at the best of our capacities for us to be able to learn and respond to the needs of these communities.

Accessibility for Blind and Low Vision Folks

If you are coming to our in person Opening Ceremony or Sounds Like Growth foodshare and require specific assistance, please email marcelo@vinesartfestival and they will work with you to make sure that you are able to enjoy these events.

Our sonic performances are the most blind and low vision friendly, as they don’t have a video component. The sonic performances however are paired with illustrated maps of the parks that we work in. A voice recorded description of the maps will be available. 

Our pre recorded video performances will unfortunately not have audio descriptions except for ‘Parts of Me” by All Bodies Dance. However many of these performances are focused on spoken word and music and can still be enjoyed without descriptions:

Freedom: Stories of Black Liberation on August 7 has 

  • Afro Van Connect – music, dance, spoken word
  • Siobhan Barker – storytelling, song

Fluidity: Bodies, Sound and Land on Aug 13

  • Shana Wolfe & Rosemary Xinhe Hu – spoken word, dance 
  • Woody Morrison – storytelling  

Resilient Roots on Aug 15

  • Brandi Bird – poetry 
  • Edzi’u – music
  • Kung Jaadee – storytelling
  • Mechelle Pierre – storytelling 
  • Zofia Rose Musiej – poetry  

Accessibility for d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing Folks

There will be an Opening Ceremony on Wednesday August 5th at 6 PM at Trout Lake Park with ASL interpretation by Jenny Cowan and Ev Daoust. You can register for it on the Vines website and indicate that you need ASL interpretation. 

Our ‘Sonic Performances’ have been transcribed in english. You can find them along with the illustrated park maps!

All our video performances have been closed captioned in english.

The judging for our Eco Mini Ball on August 11th will have live ASL interpretation by Melanie Valencia. 

Accessibility for Neurodiverse and Mentally Ill Folks

These downloadable documents have information about getting to the parks, staff and performers, and what you can expect at the events. 

Content Notes for videos and sonic performances can be found here.

Creekside Park Visual Story
Hadden Park Visual Story
Strathcona Park Visual Story
Trout Lake Visual Story

Gender Inclusivity

Vines Art Festival is made possible through work, creativity, and resilience from  Two-Spirit, trans, non-binary and gender diverse people (2STNBGD). We strive to make space for our T2SNBGD audiences in our art and in the public spaces where we work.

Mobility Access 

We have reached out to the Parks Board to ask about accessibility audits for parks and beaches. We hope to be able to provide full accessibility audits in the future. For now, our day by day accessibility section includes some basic notes for each of the spaces.

Allergies and scent sensitivities 

We ask that folks attending Opening Ceremonies refrain from bringing food containing common allergens like nuts, and from using strongly-scented products.



Parking: There is a for-pay parking lot ($3.50 hourly, $13 daily) located in between the park and beach area (Arbutus St and McNicoll Ave). There is a second for-pay parking lot further south on Arbutus St, which is a greater distance from the festival.

Street parking along the side of the park (Maple St) is free, but may be difficult to secure. More free parking options may be found in the neighbouring residential area.

Washrooms: There are two washrooms that will have temporary universal washroom signage for the duration of the Vines Art Festival event.

Pathways: Pathways within the park are paved. The beach where Dear Ocean Roaring will take place may be hard to access. The performance can be viewed from the park’s pathway.

Transit: The closest bus stop to this location is located on Cornwall Ave at Cypress St (2 Macdonald/Downtown). Hadden Park is 750 meters (about a 10 minute walk) from this bus stop.

This event, and all Vines Art Festival events, are 100% free.

CRAB PARK at PORTSIDE (101 East Waterfront Road)

Parking: A for-pay parking lot is located on the closer side of the hill to the park. Parking can only be paid via the smartphone app hangTag. The parking lot located closer to the helipad is closed to the public.

Accessing the park: CRAB Park is located at Waterfront Rd behind the train rails. It can be accessed through an overpass at Main St and Alexander St. It can be accessed without a motor vehicle. Please note that the hill is steep.

Washrooms: Washrooms will have temporary universal washroom signage. Some washroom stalls have no doors.

Needle disposal units are available inside the washrooms.

Pathways: There are gravel parkways within the park.

Transit: The nearest bus stop is located at Main St and Powell St (7 Dunbar, 4 UBC) 350 meters/a 5 minute walk to the park.

All Vines Art Festival events are 100% free.

PANDORA PARK (2325 Franklin Street)

Parking: There are no parking lots at Pandora Park. Free street parking is available.

Washrooms: There are two washrooms that will have temporary universal washroom signage.

Pathways: Pathways at the park are wide and paved with minimal inclination.

Transit: Pandora Park is near the bus stops for the 7 Nanaimo/Dunbar, 16 Arbutus/29th Ave, 14 UBC/Hastings, and 95 Burrard Station/SFU.

All Vines Art Festival events are 100% free.

DAVID LAM PARK (1300 Pacific Boulevard)

Parking: David Lam Park has no parking lot. Metered and free street parking may be available.

Washrooms: The nearest public washrooms are located inside Roundhouse Community Centre. There are two gendered washrooms and a universal, single stall, wheelchair accessible washroom on the first floor.

Needle disposal units are available inside the washrooms.

Pathways: The performance area can be accessed via the seawall.

Transit David Lam Park is close to Yaletown-Roundhouse Skytrain Station, the 6 Davie/Downtown bus stop by the skytrain station, and the 23 Beach/Main bus stop at Pacific Blvd and Drake St.

All Vines Art Festival events are 100% free.

CREEKSIDE PARK (1455 Quebec Street)

Parking: There are for-pay parking lots around Science World including one right next to Creekside Park. They do however tend to be full. The McDonald’s located at 1527 Main St has free parking.

Washrooms: The closest accessible public washrooms to the festival site are located at Creekside Community Centre (550 meters/about a 6 min walk away via the seawall). There are two gendered washrooms downstairs that are labelled trans inclusive. Upstairs (accessible by elevator), there are two more gendered washrooms and one single stall universal and wheelchair accessible washroom with push buttons to open and close doors.

Needle disposal units are available inside the washrooms.

There are additional washrooms located in fast food restaurants in the area.

Pathways: The seawall and other pathways surrounding the park are paved.

Transit: Creekside Park is 400 meters/about a 5 min walk from Main Street-Science World Station. The bus stop for the 3 Main/Downtown, the 8 Fraser/Downtown, 19 Metrotown/Stanley Park, and 23 Main/Beach buses are all located around the Skytrain station.

All Vines Art Festival events are 100% free.

TROUT LAKE PARK (2120 East 19th Avenue)

Parking: There are two free parking lots, one is by Trout Lake Community Centre and the other is at the southeast of the park.

Washrooms: Accessible washrooms are located inside the Trout Lake Community Centre. The accessible stalls are located at the far end of the washroom, with roughly a 3ft wide doorway and 5ft-by-5ft stall.

Pathways: Pathways leading from the parking lots into the performance area are gravel, but wide.

Transit: The nearest bus stops are the 20 Victoria at Commercial Dr and E 14th Ave (650 meters/8 min walk to park,) and the 7 Nanaimo at Nanaimo St and Franklin St (750 meters/10 min walk to park).

This event, and all Vines Art Festival events, are 100% free.



Your donation will support the growth of eco-arts in Vancouver.

Vines Art Festival takes place on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.



Pandora Fieldhouse
2325 Franklin Street
Vancouver, BC
V5L 1S2