Top 5 Free Events at Heart of the City Fest: Downtown Eastside, Oct 24-Nov 4

Photo courtesy of Heart of the City Festival

Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside is considered by many the city’s founding neighbourhood.  For more than 125 years, people have lived, loved and laughed on  Downtown Eastside streets.  In a city as new and changing as Vancouver, it’s a well of history and culture – even though it’s often dismissed as Vancouver’s poorest neighbourhood.

The annual Heart of the City Festival this Oct.24-Nov. 4 gives locals and visitors a chance to celebrate and explore the Downtown Eastside.  Over the course of 12 days, the neighbourhood will host more than 80 cultural events: music, stories, poetry, art exhibits, films, theatre, history walks, workshops and more.  Many of the events highlight local talent right from the neighbourhood itself.

Here are 5 can’t-miss free events at this year’s Heart of the City Fest:

  • Barrio Flamenco, Flamenco for the People: Fiery flamenco music is a people’s art form – played and dance with as much spirit and passion as technical know-how.  This event features some of the city’s best flamenco artists, celebrating the joy and struggles of the Downtown Eastside.  Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main. Friday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m. 

Pop-Up Yoga Brought to You By lululemon Athletica Robson Street, August 23

photo: OPUS Hotel Vancouver

Grab your yoga mat and strike a pose with an intimate group of yogis and yoginis while stretching it out in trendy Yaletown. Yes, that’s right! The next Pop-Up Yoga series will be held at the OPUS Hotel Vancouver on Thursday, August 23rd.
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Pop-Up Yoga Brought to You By lululemon Athletica Robson Street, August 9

photo: Science World at Telus World of Science

Grab your yoga mat and strike a pose with an intimate grouping of yogis and yoginis while igniting your mind with all things science. Yes, that’s right! The next Pop-Up Yoga series will be held at Science World at Telus World of Science on Thursday, August 9th.

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Pop-Up Yoga Brought to You By lululemon Athletica Robson Street, August 2

photo: Vancouver Lookout

Grab your yoga mat and Salute the Sun with an intimate gathering of like-minded yogis and yoginis while taking in a 360° view of the city.  Yes, that’s right! The next Pop-Up Yoga series will be held at the Vancouver Lookout on Thursday, August 2nd.

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Pop-Up Yoga Brought to You By lululemon Athletica Robson Street

photo: Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites

Grab your yoga mat and get your downward dog on with 40 fellow yogis and yoginis in Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood. Yes, that’s right! The next Pop-Up Yoga series will be held at the Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites on Thursday, July 26th.

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Pop-Up Yoga Brought to You By lululemon Athletica Robson Street, July 19

photo: Inuit Gallery of Vancouver

Grab your yoga mat and side plank with 25 fellow yogis and yoginis surrounded by works of art. Yes, that’s right! The next Pop-Up Yoga series will be held at the Inuit Gallery of Vancouver on Thursday, July 19th.

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Pop-Up Yoga Brought to You By lululemon Athletica Robson Street, July 19

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Grab your yoga mat, and get your downdog on amongst Koi ponds and the new art installation this Thursday, July 12th at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.

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