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What you need to know about Vancouver's biggest arts festival

There will be nearly 450 artists from Metro Vancouver and beyond.
The Eastside Culture Crawl returns in November, 2023, in Vancouver, B.C.

Vancouver's biggest arts festival is back next month.

The Eastside Culture Crawl will return on Nov. 16 through Nov. 19 with nearly 450 artists from Metro Vancouver and beyond, as well as a chock-full of events and activities like galleries, artist talks, demonstrations and workshops, and open studio visits. The festival is a sight for any art lover

Wondering what the crawl is all about? It's kind of like a scavenger hunt, and each building reveals a number of unique artists. 

The Eastside Culture Crawl has been around for 27 years now, showcasing a variety of artists, from painters and jewellers to sculptors and weavers to printmakers and glassblowers, and many, many more. 

The festival isn't bound to one building, but rather to an area known as Vancouver's Eastside Art District; between Columbia Street, 2nd Avenue, Victoria Drive, and the waterfront. 

See a full crawl map HERE and featured artists HERE

The open studio festival weekend Nov. 16 to 19 will be open from 5 to 10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The crawl is free to attend. 

Check out what else is happening at this year's festival:

Preview Exhibition

This multi-venue exhibition takes on the theme "Out of Control" which explores the notion of breaking rules, being reckless, wild, and unrestricted, and how this notion impacts daily lives and the world at large. The exhibit features over 80 visual artists. 

When: Oct. 24-Nov. 26 (dates vary depending on venue)

Where: Pendulum Gallery - 885 W Georgia St; Alternative Creations Gallery - 1659 Venables St; The Cultch - 1895 Venables St; Charles Clark Gallery; 1345 Clark Dr.

Take Flight 

Last year's silent auction featured a John Fluevog gift card, a Burrowing Owl magnum, a Sechelt getaway package and more local items. This year's array of items will be revealed on Oct. 26.

The Art Roulette draw includes 31 original art pieces by local Eastside artists, which can be previewed in person with a glass of wine. Each ticket holder will rank all art and receive their top-ranked art available when their number gets drawn. 

When: Oct. 26-Nov. 4; Art Roulette previews on Oct. 21, 28, Nov. 4, 2-5 p.m.; Oct. 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Where: Auction online; cocktail party at Georgia Art Studios - 884 E Georgia St

Cost: purchase tickets online

Moving Art

Curated around the theme of "Transmission: Message and Metamorphosis," the film and video exhibition will project nine short films from the Eastside Arts District in partnership with the Lumiere festival. 

When: Nov. 2-5 from dark until 10 p.m.; online premiere Nov. 6, 6 p.m.; Culture Crawl Preview Exhibit Nov. 2-19

Where: Nov. 2-5 at the West End Community Centre - 870 Denman St; Nov. 2-19 at Strange Fellows Gallery - 1245 Clark Dr

Talking Art

Artists share the stories that shape their work across three distinct mediums.

When: Nov. 6-8, 7 p.m.

Where: online