Vancouver Wallpaper Festival is back with street party and circus

While the focus of the Vancouver Mural Festival remains on painted walls, the 2022 edition will see a variety of performances and activities, from acrobats to drag queens.

The festival released its full list of events on June 22 with 11 days of programming, most of which are located around the City Center Artist Lodge, formerly City Center Motel in Mount Pleasant.

“The Vancouver Wallpaper Festival will host daily wall tours, public talks, and daily live performances at the all-new City Center Festival Hub, as well as a closing street party for all ages in downtown Vancouver,” the organizers say.

Among the highlights is the circus show and free streaming, on the first day (August 4). The diverse show will feature acrobats and circus performers of all kinds, with performers such as Erotikclown and Flowin Owen. There will actually be two shows, one at 6 PM and the other at 8 PM

Over the following days, there will be at least one in-person event per day at the City Center location, with dance fights on August 6, brunch on August 7, and a live art battle and art market on August 3. 9.

Things will conclude with a street party on Granville Street in the heart of the city, between Smith and Helmkin Streets on August 14.

“The free street party features a full day of live music, DJ’s, drag, dancers, kids’ activities, live animators, market and more,” the organizers say online.

Besides the events, there will be plenty for fans of the visual arts. Along with more than 30 murals to be revealed during the event, created by 50 artists, there will be tours to view the new artwork, along with previously created pieces.

“DeTours will lead guided walking tours of Mount Pleasant and Strathcona, while Curated Tastes will offer five new tours downtown, West End, Campy Village, Marpol and the riverside area,” the organizers say.

There is also an app that you can download to get around at your convenience.

Among this year’s art projects are some unique works. In one case, Musqueam artist Debra Sparrow would work with Squamish and Tsleil-Watuth weavers to create a mural; It’s part of VMF’s Sparrow and Blanketing The City series, which sees original local textile designs applied to city walls.

This year also sees VMF work on increasing access to festival art.

“This year, the focus is on supporting access and removing barriers for people with low vision and blindness, neuro-diverse people and those with disabilities,” state regulators say.

To this end, they are working to create a mass description event with VocalEYE, a local organization that works to bring descriptions of art across town to people who have a hard time seeing it.

There will also be four temporary wall installations made by disabled artists who have undergone a workshop process.


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