Vancouver's Mural Festival announces artists for huge street party

Jun 18 2019, 11:15 pm

Vancouver’s biggest free public art celebration is back for its fourth year with an exciting lineup of artists and programming that you just can’t miss.

The Vancouver Mural Festival (VMF) has the vision to change the way the city sees art, by inviting diverse artists to transform large public areas with their passion, creativity, and imaginations.

Over 120 murals from past festivals already line the streets of the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. People have been looking forward to the event since it started in 2016, attracting crowds of more than 120,000 people to the area.

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This year artists will be painting more than 25 murals from August 1 to 10 before the huge Mount Pleasant street party on Saturday, August 10 from 12 to 7 pm.

Events leading up the street party include gallery shows, aĀ 2-day flash tattoo booth, THRIVE Talks, Nachā€™iā€™m: A Night of Indigenous Femme Excellence, mural tours, Super SNAG Live Art Raffle, an open-air movie theatre, Sunday special Pride party, and live music.Ā 


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Mural Artists

Artists from all over the world, over 800, have applied to be part of the mural festival, to share their talents in painting, carving, weaving, graphic design, animation, and illustration.

Internationally-renowned street artists will be painting a piece of the city, including Japan’s ONEQ, Germany’s SatOne, Argentina’s Medianeras, and Australia’s Fintan Magee.

VMF is also excited to present acclaimed regional artists, KC Hall and Pablo Zamudio.

Other artists include:

  • Alex Joukov
  • Carmen Chan
  • Debra Sparrow
  • Eva Eskelinen
  • Jeska Slater
  • Kathy Ager
  • Olivia Di Liberto
  • Paintillio
  • Pamella Pinard
  • Sebastian Curi
  • Sonny Green
  • Syd Danger
  • William Liao
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Mount Pleasant Street Party

After you’ve been hyped up for the last 10 days with amazing large displays of art, hit up the main attraction, the Mount Pleasant Street Party. For one day, free and family-friendly activities will line 14 blocks of the neighbourhood spanning the length of Main and Broadway.

You can expect to enjoy live music, live and interactive art, Skate Jam, dance battles and workshops, the Holden Courage Memorial Graffiti Jam, a family art zone, community painting, markets, food trucks, four (family-friendly) beer gardens, over 25 breweries, and a public disco dance party.

Playing music all afternoon long are two concert stages presented by AIR MILES Stage Pass. DJ NDN will be headlining, along with local artists like Blonde Diamond, Haley Blais, Missy D & Friends, Tonye Aganaba, DJ Paisley Eva, Quarterback, Francis Arevalo, Sleepy Gonzalez, and Sam the Astronaut.

The Park Show

If the free tunes aren’t enough for you, check out The Park Show, which celebrates the end of the festival on Saturday, August 10.

Headlining the show is acclaimed NYC singer-songwriter LP. Accompanying her are instrumental Toronto group badbadnotgood, talented Canada Indigenous artist iskwē and local Vancouver DJ MY!GAY!HUSBAND!

For more information and tickets, checkĀ online.

Tickets go on sale June 21. The concert is free for kids 12 and under.


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Vancouver Mural Festival 2019

Where: Mount Pleasant —Ā 14 city blocks in and around Main and Broadway
When: August 1 to 10, and a street party on Saturday, August 10
Time: Street party from 12 to 7 pm
Cost: FREE
Social:Ā @vanmuralfest, #vanmuralfest

Daily Hive is a proud community sponsor of Vancouver Mural FestivalĀ 

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