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Vancouver Mural Festival 2021 announces over 60 new murals in 11 neighbourhoods across the city for this summer’s August 4th to 22nd annual celebration.

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The murals will showcase an incredible line-up of diverse local artists sharing a range of cultural, historical and personal stories. The festival will also host daily mural tours, public talks (in-person and online), plus three weeks of live performances at an open-air, pop-up patio in Mount Pleasant. 

Murals not only bring our streets to life, they’re part of a bigger story and cultural evolution. Vancouver Mural Festival harnesses the visual impact of public art to connect communities, celebrate diverse cultures and histories, and serve as a catalyst for addressing many of the socio-cultural issues facing our city and communities.

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Showcasing and collaborating with underrepresented/marginalized groups—including BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+ and youth—is at the core of VMF, reflected in all aspects of the festival, including projects (art and events), curators and artists. 

The Fest is captured throughout these 11 neighbourhoods: 
– Cambie Village
– Downtown
– Edgemont Village
– Hogan’s Alley 
– Marpole
– Mount Pleasant
– Punjabi Market
– River District
– South Granville
– Strathcona 
– West End 

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This year’s featured Community Projects highlight VMF’s on-going commitment to diversity, inclusivity and community-building with these three key programs:
Blanketing the City IV: Cathedral Square
The first large-scale semi-permanent public art collaboration between weavers from the three local nations: xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl’ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) in over 200 years.

Black Strathcona Resurgence Project (BSRP)
A multi-year project with a goal of reclaiming visibility and reconciling the erasure and systemic racism endured over time by black people in Vancouver. 

Punjabi Market: Murals In The Market
Punjabi Market Regeneration Collective’s Murals in the Market initiative facilitates storytelling and discussion around racism and discrimination through public art by local BIPOC artists.

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Visit Vancouver Mural Fest online for updates and for more details.

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