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?