The link between art and environmentalism is a natural one. It always has been, from Emily Carr’s paintings that advocate for old growth forest preservation to Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi,” declaration, “they paved paradise and put up a parking lot.” This relationship is at the heart of the Vines Art Festival — a celebration of art and activism featuring musicians, visual artists, community leaders and more.
Now in its fifth edition, artistic director Heather Lamoureux is proud of the direction the eco-event is going. “I can feel that the festival has found its identity,” she says. “A community arts organization that is responsive to and nurturing of artists that are working towards land, water and relational justice.”
Some of the highlights at this year’s festival includes spoken word artist Jillian Christmas, a sustainable fashion show presented by vogue dancer Ralph Escamillan, plus Erica Dee, a dynamic DJ and hip-hop artist who fuses electronic and funk beats with soulful vocals.
Vines is an all-ages event taking place outdoors at a variety of Vancouver parks — and it’s free.
August 7-18, 2019 / Jericho Beach, Trout Lake Park, Kitsilano Beach, Pandora Park, Crab Park, Renfrew Ravine, David Lam Park, Creekside Park, Harmony Gardens