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Celebrate public art, music, food, and family activities at Vancouver Mural Festival

August 11 2017 City of Vancouver supports the festival for second year in a row

"Vancouver's creative economy is thriving and what better way to showcase talent than this year's Mural Fest, the City's largest not for profit celebration of street art," says Mayor Gregor Robertson.

Continuing its commitment to maintaining and enhancing Vancouver's arts and culture scene, the City of Vancouver is supporting Vancouver Mural Festival , now in its second year.

60 new murals

Running until August 12, the week-long festivities celebrate the work of more than 70 artists from both the lower mainland and around the world.

Throughout the summer these artists have come together to create 60 new murals, that have an average life space of two to three years, across Mount Pleasant, Strathcona and more.

"Vancouver's creative economy is thriving and what better way to showcase talent than this year's Mural Fest, the City's largest not for profit celebration of street art," says Mayor Gregor Robertson. "Mural Fest, now in its second year, is sure to delight residents and visitors alike with over 60 new dynamic and unique murals that celebrate Vancouver's diversity, vibrancy and creativity. I encourage all residents to explore this great celebration of public art."

Learn more about creating murals

Works by local and international artists

The Mural Festival includes works by many local and international artists. Local artists include:

  • Andy Dixon
  • Fiona Ackerman
  • Bracken Hanuse Corlett
  • AA Crew

Running now until August 12, the festival concludes with a street party  at Main and Broadway.

"Vancouver has a rich and diverse arts community," says Branislav Henselmann, Managing Director of Cultural Services. "It is important for the city to continuously invest in arts and culture initiatives that create space for cultural dialogue and social interaction, such as the Mural Festival."

City's commitment to supporting public art

Funding of Vancouver Mural Fest is part of the City's commitment to supporting public art.

From 2016 to 2018, the City committed $1.5 million in funding for grants and partnerships with non-profit organizations as part of a public art boost.

The public art boost funding is in addition to the existing commitments the city makes to commission original works of public art across the city through its Civic Program, Signature Fund projects, and private development requirements, contributing to the vibrancy of Vancouver.

Through the public art boost and various civic programs, eight permanent installation works and 44 new murals were supported in 2016, and 21 new partnership projects including temporary artworks and events, and dozens of new murals were approved for 2017-2018.

For more information on the city's public art.