Outside, Free, Live + Online

50 local artists
20 multimedia activations
1 big art street party

Coming Soon
Radiating from Maple Tree Square

BE Involved: Community Partnership

Do you live, work, or play in the Gastown, Railtown, Chinatown or waterfront area? Do you heart Gastown and its unique vibe? Want to support our local creative and cultural community?

New Ways to Experience Live Art

Over 2 nights, BE Gastown, produced by Brief Encounters (a non-profit, registered charity) and Gastown, transforms one of Vancouver's favourite neighbourhoods into an art-street-party event.

Working with 50 diverse local Metro Vancouver artists, design firms, architects, fashion designers, programmers and filmmakers, BE Gastown engages audiences, residents and passersby via live performance, immersive installations, multimedia projections and beyond.

This FREE event brings viewers, performers, citizens and city closer together, inviting us to encounter art + our city in new ways.

BE Part of Our Community

BE Gastown is Very Vancouver. Our roots are here (the very first BE event was in Gastown in 2004), and we’re proud of it. Get to know us (and your neighbours) even better as a BE Gastown Community Partner.

We’re reaching out to YOU (yes, you!) as we seek partnerships with businesses, community groups and schools to bring live art to thousands of viewers roaming the streets of Gastown, as well as nearby Railtown and Chinatown.

Click here to see some of our current community partners.

BE More Engaged

It’s all about collaboration and community: A Vancouver-based non-profit charity established in 2004, we know an event this size takes a neighbourhood to create, enjoy and remember. We’re blown away with the interest so far from our Gastown neighbours wanting to help us make BE Gastown one of Vancouver’s most amazing experiences!

Promote your own events, programs, and organization or business, and become part of the celebration as a BE Gastown Community Partner:

  • Help us spread the word about BE Gastown
  • Participate in a volunteer exchange with us
  • Offer our event artists and production team space to meet, train, or host an activation

We Value Your Partnership!

Valued community partners, their staff, members, and volunteers receive:

  • Advance notification of highlights of the exciting BE Gastown program.
  • Premium community partner access to special events at BE Gastown, including our Community Partner Kickoff Event where you’ll meet some of the amazing artists of BE Gastown, the BE Gastown team, and other Gastown neighbours—over refreshments, exclusive draw prizes and gift bags.
  • Logo placement for your company/business/organization or name recognition as a valued Community Partner on the official BE Gastown website.
  • Promotion of your company/business/organization through our BE Gastown e-newsletter and social media.

Want to Hear More?

We want to hear from you! BE Gastown welcomes all inquiries from community groups, businesses and schools to be involved as a promotional, volunteer, or venue partner with our event.

Please email inquiries to:

Emily Neumann, Associate producer emily at briefencounters dot ca

Interested in other ways to contribute? We have a variety of sponsorship opportunities Talk to us today about how to build a relationship that suits your organization’s needs.

Thank you To Our BE Gastown Community Partners