Vancouver Art/Book Fair 2014

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Vancouver Art and Book Fair 2013. All photos by Colby Ferguson/courtesy Project Space.

The Vancouver Art/Book Fair is happening this weekend at the Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby Street). The annual event brings in a plethora of guests and focuses on the art of books and bookmaking. The free event is the only international art book fair in Canada and only one of two on the West Coast. It’s expected to draw over 1500 people.

The two-day (Oct 4 & 5, 12 – 5 p.m.) event will feature nearly 100 local, national and international publishers, as well as programs, performances and installations. Artists are coming here from around the globe to show off their books, magazines, zines and other printed ephemera, as well as experimental forms of publication.

Check out some of the highlights below.

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Vancouver Art/Book Fair 2014

200 Treasures from China’s Forbidden City Coming to Vancouver

Photo credit: kallgan | Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: kallgan | Wikimedia Commons

For nearly 500 years, China’s Forbidden City – palatial home of emperors and elite in the heart of Beijing – remained a mystery sealed behind imposing palace walls.

Now some of the most prized treasures from the Forbidden City’s innermost sanctums are on their way to Vancouver.

This fall the Vancouver Art Gallery is being transformed into a Chinese imperial court for the landmark exhibition The Forbidden City.  From Oct. 18-Jan. 11, nearly 200 objects from the Forbidden City on loan from China’s Palace Museum – everything from suits of armour to silk paintings – will be on display.

The Forbidden City was the seat of imperial power in China throughout the Ming and Qing Dynasties, a period of nearly 500 years from 1416-1911.  The sprawling site in Beijing stretches over more than 180 acres and is comprised of 980 buildings with a total of nearly 10,000 rooms.  Housed inside are more than a million artifacts spanning half a millennia of global history, from ceramics and paintings, to jade collections and items from daily and ceremonial life. Continue reading:
200 Treasures from China’s Forbidden City Coming to Vancouver

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Happy Labour Day weekend!  Plan the last long weekend of the summer with our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend, Friday through Monday!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Last chance to see Douglas Coupland exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Still Life with Twitter, 2012 -Douglas Coupland. Courtesy of the Artist and Daniel Faria Gallery

Still Life with Twitter, 2012 -Douglas Coupland. Courtesy of the Artist and Daniel Faria Gallery

Last Tuesday evening, Aug 19, the line to get in to the Vancouver Art Gallery stretched around the block.

One reason for the mega-line is that Tuesday nights are the gallery’s pay-what-you-can night. Another is that the end is near for the Douglas Coupland exhibit. In an effort to let more people see the hit show, the gallery is extending its hours for this final week.

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Last chance to see Douglas Coupland exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
Gear up for the weekend with World Cup Final viewing parties, street dance lessons, music festivals, and more!  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend