Following May’s hugely successful Commercial Drive Street Party, organizers are back for another round.
According to the event’s Facebook page, the organizers of the party “take issue with the fact that the Vancouver Police Department and the City of Vancouver don’t allow people to host public events without granted permission.”
“Although the streets are supposedly ‘public’ spaces, accessible to all, the city continues to insist that we must pay to use it,” it continues.
The organizers suggest the laws on public events are too stringent, costing organizers thousands of dollars, and sometimes leading to years-long wait lists, and often outright denial.
“We do not want to live somewhere where we can’t use public space,” says the page. “We do not need a license to dance, to listen to music, to gather freely. Our hope is that those in attendance will be inspired to organize their own events, and will begin to conceptualize the potential of an act as simple as being in the street.”
The second event plans on being just as extravagant as the first, and will take place August 21. Organizers are asking party-goers to bring anything they can, including stereos, furniture, food and “anything else necessary to create the biggest decentralized party this city has ever witnessed.”
Where: Commercial Drive and Grandview Park
When: Friday, August 21, 2015; 7 p.m. – Commercial Drive and Davie Street, Vancouver