Outside, Free, Live + Online

50 local artists
20 multimedia activations
1 big art street party

Coming Soon
Radiating from Maple Tree Square

BE Gastown: Thank You For Your Support

We gratefully acknowledge the generous funders, sponsors and donors of BE Gastown, and of our shared 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, including design firms, architects, fashion designers, programmers and filmmakers, BE Gastown engages audiences, residents and passersby, live and online—via FREE performances, immersive installations, multimedia projections and beyond. For a more in-depth experience, tickets can be purchased for guided tours with local artists.

BE Gastown is partnering with the Gastown Business Improvement Society, neighbourhood businesses and organizations, and local artists to bring viewers, performers, citizens and city closer together—inviting us to encounter art + our city in new ways.

BE Gastown anticipates bringing 20,000 people to the vibrant Gastown area for this 2 night event. With four blocks of Vancouver’s favourite neighbourhood centred around historic Maple Tree Square (by the Gassy Jack Statue) closed to vehicle traffic, and 50 local artists creating live, interactive activations….What will we discover?

BE Gastown: The Opportunity

Partner your brand with us, to achieve your business goals.

We Look Forward...

...to discussing how we can create a unique partnership designed for your needs.

Please email inquiries to:

Regina Leung, Sponsorship Director
regina at briefencounters dot ca

Kristina Lemieux, Artistic Producer
kristina at briefencounters dot ca

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What is Brief Encounters?

Brief Encounters is an interdisciplinary creation lab and performance series. For 12 years, we’ve fused diverse artistic practices in collaborative research, creation and performance. We’ve supported 308 artists in the production of 153 new collaborations, over 21 volumes and 10 special editions. Now with BE Gastown, we’ve grown from a project for artists, into a platform for the public to enjoy live art.