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This colourful festival will illuminate Vancouver Art Gallery this September

Facade Festival will light up Vancouver Art Gallery Sept. 8 to 14
Facade Festival will light up Vancouver Art Gallery Sept. 8 to 14. (via Facade Festival)

Vancouverites may have a chance to view the northern lights over Labour Day long weekend, but there is no guarantee that the astral display will be visible. However, one of Vancouver’s most beloved buildings will most definitely be glowing with vibrant colours during the Facade Festival this September.

Running daily from sunset until midnight, the festival will project a series of breathtaking, colourful images on the Georgia facade of the Vancouver Art Gallery.

A selection of B.C. contemporary artists, both established and those early in their career, have been commissioned to create 10 stunning, site-specific works of art. They’ll use “projection mapping” to covering the building with moving, dynamic images. As such, the awe-inspiring displays will be viewed by thousands of attendees.

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Facade Festival will light up Vancouver Art Gallery Sept. 8 to 14. Photo courtesy Facade Festival

The festival takes place from Sept. 8 to 14 and speaks to the pervasiveness of digital forms in modern life, while engaging the public in a grand architectural intervention free of charge.

Facade Festival 2019 showcases the work of:

  • Dana Claxton
  • Sandeep Johal
  • Natalie Purschwitz
  • Howie Tsui
  • Bracken Hanuse Corlett
  • Justine Chambers
  • Josh Hite, Hyung-Min Yoon
  • Drew Young
  • Khan Lee
  • Lindsay McIntyre

Works by two different artists will premiere each night from Sept. 8 to 12. On Sept. 13 and 14, the public will have the chance to enjoy all of the featured artists’ works in an encore presentation of all the projections.

The final evening will feature a special projection mapping experience by Go2 Productions.

Facade Festival

When: Sept. 8 to 14, sunset to midnight

Where: Georgia Street side of the Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby St.

Cost: Free

Click here for more details about the artists and performances.

— Elana Shepert, Vancouver Is Awesome