2020 Vancouver BIKEnnale/WALKennale Launches for August!

Pump up your tires and lace up your sneakers – the Vancouver Biennale is launching BIKEnnale/WALKennale!

2020 BIKEnnale/WALKennale

For six Sundays this Summer, starting July 26th through August 30th, the Vancouver Biennale invites people of all ages to take part in BIKEnnale/WALKennale – a re-imagined installment of the internationally acclaimed public art exhibition.

During the 6 weeks, BIKEnnale/WALKennale will be releasing 12 unique tours (2 each week) of the city’s most diverse neighbourhoods, highlighting great public art, architecture and layers of local history. This re-imagined BIKEnnale/WALKennale makes it easy to adhere to COVID-19 social distancing while enjoying creatively inspired, recreational outdoor fun.

Register online and, for a registration fee, you’ll receive weekly self-paced, annotated GPS bike and walking tours that highlight great public art, architecture, and points of cultural and historical interest. 12 tours in all, taking participants through 24 Metro Vancouver neighbourhoods using easy to follow navigation on your cell phone.

The one-time registration fee – $5 minimum donation for individuals or $15 for households or ‘bubbles’ (3-6 people) – unlocks access to all the routes as they are released. All funds raised will go towards Vancouver Biennale public art installations, exhibitions, artist residencies, and supporting educational programs.

No bike? No problem! All participants will have access to a 24-hour free pass for Sunday bike rentals from Mobi By Shaw Go. Registered participants are also eligible to win $6,000 in prizes, including free coffee and lunches, cycling jerseys and water bottles, new bikes and bike tune-ups, even hotel night stays!

Photo: Nelson Mouellic

What is Vancouver Biennale?

The Vancouver Biennale is a non-profit charitable organization that exhibits great art in public space, creating a catalyst for learning, community engagement, dialogue, and social action. Their mission is to make Public Art accessible, engaging, and motivating to create vibrant and inspired communities.

In total, the Vancouver Biennale has featured 91 outdoor sculptures and new media works by 78 participating artists from 25 countries and 4 continents. The Vancouver Biennale has increasingly become an exhibition of record, helping transform Metro Vancouver into a major cultural destination and centre of artistic vibrancy. By any international standard, their alumni are an impressive and influential group of contemporary artists.

Photo: Nelson Mouellic

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