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The first annual Mural Festival transformed Mount Pleasant last summer, decking out dozens of neighbourhood buildings with striking, jumbo-sized works of art. It seems impossible that there would still be blank wall space available, but apparently there is, because the festival returns this August to celebrate the addition of work by 60 more artists from all over the world.
From the 2016 festival, a collaboration between artists DrewYoung and Jay Senetchko.
A joint production of the City of Vancouver, the Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Area, the Burrard Arts Foundation, and the Georgia Straight, this year the fest includes six whole days of celebration, with art, music, food and markets happening Monday, August 7 through Saturday, August 12. Programming includes artist talks, a Supersnag live art night and a Painters’ Prom semi-formal, as well as daytime events like a beer garden, City Disco and street dance performances as the artists—including Vancouerites Andy Dixon and Fiona Ackerman—unveil their new works over the course of the week.
From the 2016 festival, a piece by artist Andrea Wong.
You can find a full list of this year’s artists and events a vancouvermuralfestival.com, but you can also catch up on the stories behind last year’s designs with one of the guided tours that run each Saturday: get tickets here.
From the 2016 festival, by Bicicleta Sem Freio.