Art aficionados, rejoice!
Vancouver's 23rd annual Eastside Culture Crawl takes place across Vancouver's Eastside community this fall from Nov. 14 - 17.
Encompassing the region bounded by Columbia Street, 1st Avenue, Victoria Drive, and the Waterfront, the Eastside Arts District is home to the highest concentration of visual artists, designers, and craft makers in Canada.
The festival offers a chance for visitors to discover over 500 visual artists in their art studios, collaborative work spaces, garages, and homes. You’ll discover painters, jewellers, sculptors, furniture makers, weavers, potters, printmakers, photographers, glassblowers, and more. While there are multiple studios for the event, the central area is bounded by Columbia St, 1st Ave, Victoria Drive, and the Waterfront.
“Each year, we welcome visitors to discover the creativity and richness of the Eastside Arts District. For our 23rd annual Crawl, we are also imparting an urgent message through our new Displacement Exhibition, that this vibrant community needs more support,” says Esther Rausenberg, Executive Director of the Eastside Culture Crawl.
“As Vancouver's artists continue to face immense hardships such as renovictions, rising rents, and dwindling studio availability, it's imperative we come together to protect creative spaces and celebrate the integrity of this incredible, industrious community and recognize the positive impact artists have on our society.”
Last year, the festival saw record-breaking 45,000 attendees. This season, the Crawl is encouraging a deeper connection with artists through a brand-new curated series of free artist talks and conversations taking place at various studios in advance of the Crawl, from Nov. 4 to 9.
Displacement: Eastside Culture Crawl Special Exhibit
It takes place at various venues from Oct. 29 – Nov. 24, and features a juried exhibition of works by Metro Vancouver visual artists who have faced the challenges of eviction or have found ways to survive displacement.
Arts Factory (281 Industrial Avenue)
Nov. 2–10 | Opening Reception: Nov. 2, 8:30 - 10 p.m.
Firehall Arts Centre (280 E. Cordova Street)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 24 | Opening Reception: Nov. 6, 5 - 7 p.m.
The Cultch (1895 Venables Street)
Oct. 29 - Nov. 24 | Opening Reception: Nov. 6, 6 - 8 p.m.
Alternative Creations Gallery (1659 Venables Street)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 17 | Opening Reception: Nov. 6, 6 - 8 p.m.
3rd Annual Benefit and Culture Crawl Festival Launch
Nov. 2 | Arts Factory (281 Industrial Avenue)
6 - 8:30 p.m. — Cocktails and Canapes
8:30 - 10 p.m. — No Host Bar
Tickets: $75 | Art Roulette $375
Nov. 4 – 8 at 7 p.m. | Nov. 9 at 2 p.m.
A curated series of intimate and entertaining talks by 2019 Culture Crawl artists, designers, and craftspeople, at various studios.
Moving Art: Culture Crawl's Sixth Annual Projection of Film & Video
Nov. 14 – 17 | Noon to 11 p.m. daily | Strange Fellows Brewing (1345 Clark Drive)
A showing of evocative, art-based, contemporary silent films.
Closing Night Film with Marina Roy
Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. | The Arts Factory (281 Industrial Avenue)
ECCS and Cineworks present an evening of films with cross-disciplinary artist and UBC Associate Professor Marina Roy.
Eastside Culture Crawl
Where: Nov. 14 – 17 on Thursday & Friday: 5 -10 p.m. Saturday & Sunday:
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Where: Various Venues in East Vancouver
Cost: Free (Some pay events)
Take a look at the event listings for further details.