Arts & Culture

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If you're an arts lover, you'll feel right at home in Vancouver. The city's rich cultural background has helped produce a spectrum of artistic expression and a thriving creative community.

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Festivals & Events

Plenty of festivals bring excitement to Vancouver, including the HSBC Celebration of Light, the TD Canada Trust Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the Vancouver Folk Music Festival and the Vancouver International Children's Festival, just to name a few.

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Are you a film buff? An aspiring actor? A gifted writer? Or want to be seen with the stars? If your answer is yes, then visit Vancouver in the fall and check out the Annual Vancouver International Film Festival (604.685.0260). 17 days. 300 films. 50 countries. 9 venues. More than 130,000 attendees including 200 invited industry insiders from around the world.

While this is the biggest film event in the city, there's a tremendous selection of films being screened all year round. Foreign films. Underground films. Independent films. Big ticket shows. Movie types and theatre sizes are wide ranging and very popular throughout Vancouver. Daily matinees and evening shows are accessible in most major theatres around the city, while many of the larger theatre complexes offer a selection of films every hour on the hour.

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Performing Arts

For performing-arts lovers, we have a number of theatre companies that put on a variety of plays and musical productions, including classic and contemporary productions.

Vancouver's dance scene is one of Canada's best with regular performances by Ballet British Columbia and more than 25 other professional local dance troupes.

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Vancouver has a number of impressive venues from which to enjoy an evening of music. Treat yourself to a symphony or opera in one of Vancouver's state-of-the-art facilities. Catch a concert at any number of intimate clubs or try the opulent and historic Orpheum Theatre, home to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra since 1930. Rogers Arena and BC Place, the two substantial stadiums in downtown Vancouver, host concerts for large scale, international musical stars and always offer a great show!

A musical point of interest: Vancouver is the only remaining North American city with its own radio orchestra - the Vancouver CBC Radio Orchestra.

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With more than 32 professional groups, a major international theatre festival (The Fringe), two outdoor theatrical events (Bard on the Beach and Theatre Under The Stars) and more than 21 venues, theatre is a major cultural activity in Vancouver.

Innovation describes the smaller, more intimate venues in the city. Creative use of space has meant the development of theatres in the back of a visual arts gallery (the Gastown Studio Theatre), a refurbished firehall (The Firehall Arts Centre), a renovated church (the Vancouver East Cultural Centre), converted warehouses (the Arts Club Theatre and the Waterfront Theatre), and a basement studio in a college (Studio 58).

Productions in larger scale theatres throughout Vancouver offer plays, musicals, dance and much more. The art deco Vogue Theatre, elegant Stanley Theatre, contemporary Centre for the Performing Arts, or grand Queen Elizabeth Theatre complex - these are just a few of the many wonderful venues for stage productions of every taste and talent in Vancouver!

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If you love to laugh you'll feel right at home in Vancouver. The city has a colourful spectrum of options to choose from - hilarious theatre shows, side-splitting dinner theatre, improv, and stand-up. Lots of laughs and entertainment for the whole family.

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