The DTES Heart of the City Festival will feature over 100 events throughout the Downtown Eastside from October 26 to November 6

Vancouver Mobile Theaterin association with the Carnegie Community Center and the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians, will present the 19th edition Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival from October 26 to November 6.

This year’s festival will focus on listening to and learning from the lived wisdom and cultural practices of Downtown Eastside community organizations, artists and cultural circles, and will feature music, stories, poetry, theatre, film, dance, readings, forums, gallery exhibitions, art lectures and historical walks.

The lexwst’í:lem drumming group.
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The festival kicks off October 26 at 4 p.m. with the launch of “The Gathering,” a triptych mural created in 2016 by Richard Tetraultenriched with seven new panels by Tetrault, Charlene Johnny, Marissa Nahaneeand jerry whitehead. According to a press release, the mural “pays homage to past and present DTES artists and activists, as well as the diverse cultures and heritage of the Downtown Eastside.” During the free launch, the public can meet the artists and hear the stories behind the mural.

Other highlights of the DTES Heart of the City Festival include:

Honoring Our Grandmothers’ Healing Journey – Keeping the Fires Burning“Through ceremonies, cultural teachings, spoken word, visual art exhibits and ArtTalks, we honor the grandmothers who came to our community from the indigenous nations of the region. of the Thompson/Fraser River watershed.”

Intangible Treasures of the Downtown Eastside (Zoom Shadow Two): “An online collection of short, evocative shadow pieces created on Zoom by seven Downtown Eastside residents who explore personal intangible treasures that give them strength.”

Author and journalist Travis Lupick.
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Light Up the Night – Conversation with Travis Lupick: “Author, journalist and alumnus straight georgia Staff member Travis Lupick shares stories from his recent book, Light Up the Night: America’s Drug Overdose Crisis and Addicts Fighting for Survival. »

IronFest III: “A three-night series of bands and improvised music combining a diverse cast of international and local musicians, including artists tied to the community and cultures of the Downtown Eastside.”

Housing justice with SRO tenants: “An interactive dialogue and film screening in collaboration with The Right to Remain Research Collective and filmmaker Eliot Galán, featuring SRO (Single Room Occupancy) tenant researchers whose stories spark moments of collective learning.”

(LR) Ivy Chan, Jacky Lam, Becky Lee and Stella Sham from The prop master’s dream.
David Cooper

The prop master’s dream: “A new fusion opera produced by Vancouver Cantonese Opera inspired by the extraordinary true story of Wah-Kwan Gwan (1929-2000), a little-known Chinese opera prop man born to a Chinese father and an Aboriginal mother .”

Tribute to writers from the Downtown Eastside: “Celebrating the writers and poets past and present who frame our community with their powerful thoughts, words, ideas, support and encouragement.”

For more information about the festival and to purchase tickets, visit the website here.


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