The Eastside Culture Crawl Society is turning 20 this year. That’s a pretty big deal if you’re one of the 475+ artists who take part every year; turning East Vancouver into an arts, design and crafts feast for the eyes, mind and soul. In-fact it’s a pretty big deal if you live in Vancouver at all.
Last year saw over 25,000 visitors descending on the festival, from all walks of life. There’s a lot to explore over the 80+ buildings in the area; including painters, jewellers, sculptors, furniture makers, weavers, potters, printmakers, photographers and glassblowers, all from internationally established and emerging artists. The Society has also just been given not-for-profit charitable status, which is a fantastic achievement and one that has been a focus for quite some time now. So if you haven’t made the pilgrimage before it’s certainly one for the calendar, taking place on the 17th-20th November. Further information can be found here.
So what better way to celebrate its anniversary than a huge party?..
Well that’s exactly what’s been organized by the Eastside Culture Crawl Society on the 30th September, at the Russian Hall on Campbell Avenue. The evening is hosted by Fred Lee, of CBC, and will feature art, music, canapés, cocktails, cake, a silent auction and ‘lots of dancing’. The fantastic Dawn Pemberton will be performing live as well as special guest appearances by Frazey Ford and Tom Arntzen. According to the Society’s organizers the dress code ‘for the pARTy is ARTsy, which means no fleece or Birkenstocks!’. Nothing too demanding on the wardrobe then.
Naturally we (936 Clark/Ecstatic/Melk) will have a presence at this year’s Crawl (as well as the pARTy) and plans are underway to make sure this is our biggest involvement yet. Although hopefully some of us will manage to escape and explore the rest of the festival at some point as well!
Be sure to stay up to date on the 936 Clark website for further information about what we’ll have going on during the Culture Crawl itself, as well as information on our various projects.