Outside, Free, Live + Online

50 local artists
20 multimedia activations
1 big art street party

Coming Soon
Radiating from Maple Tree Square

BE Involved: Volunteer

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? Are you a Brief Encounters fan?

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 Volunteer Team

Encounter art, meet someone new and BE a part of transforming our city! We strive to create a professional and fun-filled atmosphere that values everyone's contribution of skills, time and energy. Our vibe is positive, fun, respectful and rewarding: Join our BE volunteer team.

BE Gastown Volunteers will contribute to every aspect of the 2 night event: Greeting people, providing information, wayfinding, helping artists with the activations, supporting our production team, promoting the event to passersby, and leading our volunteer teams as team managers. Before the 2 night event, we also need volunteers to spread the word about BE Gastown at community events and festivals this summer.

To help ensure everyone’s safety and comfort while volunteering, all volunteers must participate in a short volunteer training session in September, before the 2 night event.

BE Gastown needs your energy, passion and dedication. The event will not be possible without your valuable contribution. We hope you’ll join us!

Are There (Other) Benefits to Volunteering?

  • Gain valuable skills: In leadership, management, and communications—who doesn’t need any of these?
  • Receive recognition: We provide you with Volunteer Certificates and/or Reference Letters, if minimum volunteer requirements are met—useful for your next gig or for getting into that school program.
  • Expand your network: Meet new people and make new friends, from Vancouver and from around the world, and get up close and personal with local artists, filmmakers, and designers.
  • Contribute to our shared community: Help increase intercultural interdisciplinary sharing and understanding, in Vancouver and beyond.
  • Receive appreciation: From our BE Gastown administration team, our partners, participating artists, and our audience! There’s a post-event Volunteer Appreciation Party where we celebrate YOU and your achievements—with some great food and drinks from our community partners and sponsors, surprise Volunteer Awards, cool item giveaways from Gastown vendors, and door prizes!
  • Have lots of FUN: Really. We mean it!

Ready to BE Gastown?

We’d love to have you! Just click on the button below to fill out a short form.

We'll send you an email with some follow-up questions and information about the roles available, training sessions, how to sign up for your shifts using the online scheduling platform YourVolunteers.com, and more!

Click Here to Volunteer

Have more questions?

Please email your inquires to:
Emily Neumann, Associate Producer
emily at briefencounters dot ca