Vancouver Mural Festival kicks off Year 5 with 60+ new murals and more

VANCOUVER Mural Festival (VMF) kicks off Year 5 with an ambitious three-week festival – now through September 7 – featuring over 60 new murals in neighbourhoods across Vancouver. 

Due to COVID-19, Vancouver Mural Festival’s annual street party will not be happening this year. Instead, the festival has been adapted and expanded across the city: Mount Pleasant, Downtown, Robson, West End, Gastown, Strathcona, South Granville, Marpole, River District. Spreading murals to more neighbourhoods brings art to more communities while allowing more space to explore the city-wide murals.

Over five years, VMF has brought over 250 murals to Vancouver, including last summer’s collaborative mural commemorating the Komagata Maru episode.

In 2019, the Vancouver Mural Festival partnered with South Asian-Canadian artists Keerat Kaur, Sunroop Kaur and Sandeep Johal and Musqueam artists Alicia Point and Cyler Sparrow-Point, along with historian Naveen Girn to produce a collaborative site-specific mural named “Taike-Sye’yə Mural.” This mural centers the commemoration of the Komagata Maru episode that occurred in 1914 in the Burrard Inlet where more than 350 predominantly Sikh passengers were denied entrance to Canada based on the newly created “Continuous Passage Law” designed to block immigration of racialized people into Canada.

To find and learn about this mural and all the other murals across the city, Vancouver Mural Festival has released a new VMF mobile app that can be downloaded for free in the App Store and Google Play. 

In addition to over 60 murals painted in nine neighbourhoods across the city, check out Vancouver Mural Festival’s website for live performance (music, comedy, drag, burlesque), free daily mural tours, live and virtual art shows, artist talks and much more. 

Visit vanmuralfest.ca and follow @vanmuralfest on Facebook and Instagram for details and updates. 

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