Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival

  • October 28, 2020 - November 8, 2020
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: October 28 to November 8, 2020
  • Location: Various locations throughout Downtown Eastside
  • Admission: Varies

The 17th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival features twelve days of online and pop-up outdoor events, including music, stories, poetry, ceremony, films, readings, forums, workshops, discussions, art talks, history talks and visual art exhibitions.

The 2020 Festival theme, This Gives Us Strength, resonates today as our community copes with a worldwide pandemic, physical distancing, ongoing displacement, the fentanyl crisis, and the raw realities of bigotry and systemic racism.

The mandate of the Festival is to promote, present and facilitate the development of artists, art forms, cultural traditions, history, activism, people and great stories about Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The festival involves professional, community, emerging and student artists, and lovers of the arts.

Online and at various venues throughout the Downtown Eastside, please visit for more information.

Wednesday, October 28th to Sunday, November 8th

Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival