Vancouver approves new arts event program; first of its kind in Canada
By DH Vancouver Staff, DH Vancouver StaffMar 14, 2013 8:44 am
Vancouver City Council has approved a new program for indoor arts events, as part of ongoing work to make it easier for artists to hold events, showcase their work, and perform in Vancouver. The city is now the first in Canada to do so and builds on Vision Vancouver’s efforts to boost the city’s arts scene.
“This is another solid boost for Vancouver’s arts scene and one that we’re going to keep building on,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Vancouver’s artistic community is a major economic driver and we want to do all we can to ensure local performers thrive and people have more opportunities to enjoy music and dance in our city.”to allow arts performances as a temporary use in warehouse and retail buildings.
The pilot program is the latest step by City Council to modernize and streamline regulations for artists and to make it easier to hold events. The new program, approved unanimously by City Council, will:
Change the City’s zoning to permit indoor arts or cultural events in commercial and industrial areas;
Exempt arts events from requiring a development permit, reducing excessive costs;
Create a single-point of contact for event organizers when seeking approvals, avoiding costly delays.
“These changes will make it easier for artists to perform in Vancouver, and bring our by-laws into the 21st century,” added the Mayor. “Now, if people want to hold events in galleries, warehouses, or studios, it’s far easier to do so.”
The pilot program is the result of a regulatory review of arts events launched by City Council in 2009. Since then, the City has taken a number of steps to support the arts in Vancouver, including: