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Producing an event and making art

Chinese Lunar New Year Parade and celebration. February 14, 2010

When hosting an event in Vancouver, the City encourages you to maintain green standards. We encourage event holders to green their event by reducing waste, water, and energy use, using fair trade or organic food, and using local suppliers and locally sourced products.

Find information on event and film permits, arts grants and funding, and public art.

Festivals, concerts, and special events

Event permits

Special events in Vancouver may require a number of permits, depending on the location, the type of event, and more.


Film permits

Filming in Vancouver - movies, TV shows, documentaries, and more - requires permits. Learn more here.

Arts grants and funding

Arts and culture grants

Find out if your non-profit group is eligible for grants to develop arts programs, cultural activities, theatre rentals, or advertising.

Art in public places

Placing public art in public spaces

Create public art for civic and private development projects in the city.

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Use our online tools to register for classes, pay bills, get permits, and more.

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Plan an arts event in your studio, warehouse, or factory

Arts event licence

It's easy to host small indoor live performance events in Vancouver, with simpler requirements, faster approvals, and cheaper licence fees. Learn about the arts event licence, and apply for your next event.

Save money and the environment

Find out how you make your event more sustainable – before, during, and after.

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