24th Eastside Culture Crawl Offers Customized Festival Experience with Live & Virtual Programming Options

“Hypebae” by Kayan Hamadeh. Image courtesy of the artist

Vancouver’s Eastside Arts District invites audiences to experience the creative resilience of the visual arts community during the newly expanded 24th annual Eastside Culture Crawl, taking place across two consecutive weekends: November 12–15 and November 19–22, 2020.

The beloved arts festival offers attendees a fully customizable experience, designed to suit the needs and comfort levels of all arts enthusiasts during these extraordinary times. Arts patrons will have the opportunity to engage in an innovative, intimate and enriching Culture Crawl this year through enhanced, interactive virtual programming, as well as a new digital appointment scheduler for a controlled, in-person engagement at open studios. Artists also have the chance to expand their digital presence, by participating in increased virtual opportunities, including virtual studio tours and live stream and live chat functions within each artist’s profile page at culturecrawl.ca.

“MiCrow Brew” by Robbie Vergara Screenprinting. Image by Michal Urbanek

Visitors can enjoy a sneak peek of Crawl festivities during an exclusive Virtual Preview Week November 2–9, featuring a curated selection of artist workshops, demonstrations, and talks, as well as the 7th annual Moving Art exhibition. Crawl enthusiasts can also use this time to begin planning their personalized festival experience, reserving timed visits at favourite studios and sites via the Crawl’s brand-new, comprehensive appointment scheduler.

A highlight of Vancouver’s arts and cultural calendar, the Eastside Culture Crawl offers unparalleled access to visual artists practising a bevy of different art forms, including painting, sculpture, pottery, photography, jewellery, glass art, furniture, and more. Through an enhanced digital presence and customizable Crawl engagement, both long-time fans and first-time visitors across the Pacific Northwest—and beyond—can now experience an even more intimate, exclusive connection with artists and their art.

“Take out the Trash” by Lori Goldberg. Image courtesy of the artist.

Crawl goers are invited to supplement their Eastside Culture Crawl experience through a number of feature presentations and exhibitions, including:

Dis(place)meant: Explorations of Place, Past, Present and Future
Location: Skwachàys Lodge Gallery
Dates/Times: November 7–23, 2020, from 10am–5pm
This exhibit, curated by Cheyenne (Natoyihkii) McGinnis, highlights the issue of displacement in Indigenous communities while simultaneously inspiring individuals to create their own spaces through sharing culture, self-reflection and community-building. Visit Culturecrawl.ca/events for more information.

Take Flight: A Virtual Benefit
Dates: October 14–November 7, 2020
The Crawl’s 4th annual benefit and festival launch, this year’s virtual event features a silent auction, event-tote auction and the return of the wildly popular Art Roulette. For more information, and to view auction items and art posted online beginning October 14, visit culturecrawl.ca/takeflight2020.

Talking Art 
Dates: November 3–5, 2020
Centred on the theme of “Creative Resilience,” this series of three intimate and entertaining discussions by 2020 Culture Crawl artists is moderated by former journalist and fellow creative Carlyn Yandle. Topics include: “Pivoting in a Pandemic,” “Working through Loss,” and “Traversing Sensitive Territory.” Visit culturecrawl.ca/events for more information.

Moving Art
Dates: November 2, 2020 at 7pm (online premiere)
The Culture Crawl’s 7th annual film & video exhibition is titled “Connection in the year of our disconnect.” This showing of evocative contemporary films features 11 artists who have dug deep within their own creative reserves to challenge and embrace our multiplicity of experiences. Visit culturecrawl.ca/events for more information.

Full details of Eastside Culture Crawl events, artists, talks, and locations can be found at culturecrawl.ca/events.


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