Had the time of your life at the Vancouver Mural Festival this past summer? The VMF Winter Arts Festival is officially returning to the city this February and will feature a ton of public art, live performances, and pop-up dance parties – and you won’t want to miss it.

2024 Festival

According to the festival’s website, this upcoming year’s program will focus on the “intersection of community, technology, and illumination,” with art that reveals the stories of Vancouver’s historic alleyways and streets.

Winter Arts Festival is a celebration of light, art, and storytelling featuring sculptures, projection mapping, augmented reality (AR), laser art, and performances. Produced by VMF (the team behind the Vancouver Mural Festival), the Winter Arts Festival will take place for the first time in Victoria on February 16 -19, 2024 and is coming back to Vancouver on February 22 – 27, 2024 for the fourth time.

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The Winter Arts Festival’s Vancouver edition brings back the ongoing public art series, Blanketing the City: Lighting The Way, alongside indoor and outdoor mixed-media art installations and events.

Created by acclaimed xwməθkwəy̓ əm (Musqueam) weaver and designer Debra Sparrow, and co-produced in collaboration with VMF, Blanketing the City: Lighting The Way uses building facade lighting to create Coast Salish blanket weaving patterns on major Vancouver landmarks including TELUS Garden, BC Place, Canada Place, Science World and more.

Sound like a blast? Here’s the official artist lineup for 2024:

  • Ann K. Chou
  • Annie Briard
  • Brett Gaylor (HoloLabs)
  • Caitlin McDonagh
  • Debra Sparrow
  • France Trépanier
  • Justin Langlois
  • Kemi Craig
  • Laura Dutton
  • Lesley Marshall and Ashley Bowa
  • Linnea Jericho Watts (estate of)
  • Monkey C Interactive
  • MOVE37XR
  • Nathalie Quagliotto
  • Nettie Wild and Scott Smith
  • Phoebe Ke Xin Bei and Stephanie Gagne
  • Ryan Thompson
  • Seeroro (Carolyn Wong)
  • Spark Indigenous
  • Yam Lau

So there you have it, art lovers! Now’s your chance to dive into the local arts scene in Vancouver, Victoria, and beyond.

VMF Winter Arts Festival 2024

When: February 16th to 19th and February 22nd to 27th, 2024
Where: Victoria and Vancouver