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Vancouver Winter Arts Festival

VMF Winter Arts Fest

Produced by the organizers of the Vancouver Mural Festival, the Winter Arts Festival features interactive displays and entertainment in February.

Celebrating its second year in 2022, the festival takes place between February 11th and 27th in downtown Vancouver. Most if not all of its activities are free!

 

VMF Winter Arts

The Vancouver Mural Festival’s Winter Arts Festival is a new series of events that was created during the coronavirus pandemic. It showcases beautiful art and modern technology. It also makes for a fun way to explore the city.

The Vancouver Mural Festival (VMF) is a festival that features mural paintings and live entertainment in the summer each year. The VMF Winter Arts Festival, meanwhile, is a new event, but run by the same organization.

The first edition of the winter festival ran for two weeks in February of 2021. It claimed to be the country’s first augmented reality art exhibition that was both free and open to the public.

Last year there were several outdoor installations scattered across Vancouver during the inaugural festival. Each installation had a QR code that people scanned with their phones to reveal creative works of art made by local and international artists.

In addition to the augmented reality experiences, last year the VMF Winter Arts Festival also offered free online workshops and dialogues in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library.

 

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2022 Winter Arts Festival

In 2022, the VMF Winter Arts Festival runs from February 11th to the 27th.

Last year’s festival was a success, especially given the circumstances related to the pandemic. This year organizers have added even more to the 2022 edition of the festival. In 2022 the VMF Winter Arts Festival features 11 augmented reality installations and 4 light displays.

There is a new Winter Arts “Hub” set up in the North Plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery this year, which is a great new addition. It’s arguably now the festival’s number one main attraction.

The Hub has a covered area where a variety of live performances take place. There are tables and chairs along with a licensed bar serving hot and cold beverages. Food trucks are on-site as well.

 

VMF Winter Arts Fest
The Hub at Winter Arts Fest

 

2022 Installation Locations

The Winter Arts Hub is located at 777 Howe Street in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery on West Georgia Street. There are 4 augmented reality installations to interact with in the area.

The other lights and augmented reality installations are on display outdoors at the following locations in Vancouver:

  • Canada Place – 2 augmented reality installations and 1 lights display at 999 Canada Place.
  • Bentall Centre – 2 augmented reality installations at 505 Burrard Street.
  • BC Place – 1 lights installation in the Terry Fox Plaza at 777 Pacific Boulevard.
  • Park Place Plaza – 1 augmented reality installation at 666 Burrard Street.
  • Science World – 1 lights display at 1455 Quebec Street.
  • Vancouver Public Library Square – 2 augmented reality installations at 300 West Georgia Street.
  • Yaletown – 1 augmented reality installation and 1 lights display at 1198 Mainland Street.

 

2022 Festival Schedule

Apart from exploring the installations on your own, the 2022 festival features different activities to do every day between February 11th and the 27th. A sample of the things to see and do is listed below.

Note: Exact details are subject to change.

 

Friday, February 11th, 2022

  • VMF Downtown Tour from 5:30 to 7:00 pm
  • Live music and DJ shows between 7:00 and 9:45 pm at the Hub

 

Saturday, February 12th, 2022

  • Public disco and dance at the Hub from 4:00 until 10:00 pm
  • VMF Yaletown Tour from 4:30 to 6:30 pm
  • VMF Downtown Tour from 6:30 to 8:00 pm

 

Sunday, February 13th, 2022

  • BLUSCRN dance performance at the Hub from 2:00 until 4:00 pm
  • Drag and DJ shows at the Hub from 4:00 until 10:00 pm

 

Free Events in February

 

Monday, February 14th, 2022

  • VMF Downtown Tour from 5:30 to 7:00 pm

 

Tuesday, February 15th, 2022

  • VMF Yaletown Tour from 5:30 to 7:00 pm

 

Wednesday, February 16th, 2022

  • Live music at the Hub from 4:00 until 9:00 pm
  • VMF Downtown Tour from 5:30 to 7:00 pm

 

Thursday, February 17th, 2022

  • Live music at the Hub from 4:00 until 9:00 pm
  • CircusWest Performance at the Bentall Centre from 5:00 until 7:00 pm
  • CircusWest Performance at the Hub from 7:00 until 9:00 pm

 

Friday, February 18th, 2022

  • Live music and DJs at the Hub from 4:00 until 10:00 pm
  • VMF Downtown Tour from 5:30 to 7:00 pm
  • CircusWest Performance at the Hub from 7:00 until 9:00 pm

 

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Saturday, February 19th, 2022

  • Public disco and dance at the Hub from 4:00 until 10:00 pm
  • VMF Yaletown Tour from 5:30 to 6:30 pm
  • CircusWest Performance at the Hub from 7:00 until 9:00 pm

 

Sunday, February 20th, 2022

  • CircusWest Performance at the Hub from 2:00 until 6:00 pm
  • Drag Shows at the Hub from 4:00 until 10:00 pm

 

Monday, February 21st, 2022

  • Family Day Activities at the Hub from 10:30 am until 9:00 pm
  • CircusWest Performance at the Hub from 4:00 until 8:00 pm
  • VMF Downtown Tour from 5:30 to 7:00 pm

 

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2022

  • VMF Yaletown Tour from 5:30 to 7:00 pm
  • Electronic Arts Online Talk Series from 7:00 to 8:00 pm

 

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022

  • Live music at the Hub from 4:00 until 9:00 pm
  • VMF Downtown Tour from 5:30 to 7:00 pm
  • Electronic Arts Online Talk Series from 7:00 to 8:00 pm

 

Circus West at Winter Arts Fest
Circus West Performance at the Hub

 

Thursday, February 24th, 2022

  • Live music at the Hub from 4:00 until 9:00 pm
  • CircusWest Performance at the Hub from 7:00 until 9:00 pm

 

Friday, February 25th, 2022

  • Live music and DJs at the Hub from 4:00 until 10:00 pm
  • VMF Downtown Tour from 5:30 to 7:00 pm
  • CircusWest Performance at the Hub from 7:00 until 9:00 pm

 

Saturday, February 26th, 2022

  • Public disco and dance at the Hub from 4:00 until 10:00 pm
  • CircusWest Performance at the Hub from 7:00 until 9:00 pm

 

Sunday, February 27th, 2022

  • Dynamic Diasporas Dance Performance at the Hub from 3:00 until 4:00 pm
  • Winter Arts Closing Night Celebrations at the Hub from 4:00 until 10:00 pm

 

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Other Information

For more information about the festival in February, visit the Winter Arts Festival website.

To learn about the same organization’s festival in the summer, see our article about the Vancouver Mural Festival.

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