TransAm Totem public art
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Arts and Culture: Northeast False Creek

An inclusive space for celebration and collaboration

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Participate in events, online surveys, and provide feedback to help us create an area plan for Northeast False Creek.

With the creation of Northeast False Creek we have the potential to provide more arts and cultural presentation venues, cultural spaces, and public art to the area.

Our vision for arts and culture in the area

Through the planning process, we hope to:

  • Uncover the cultural and historic sites of significance
  • Identify partners within the community, including potentially under-served communities
  • Locate sites for signature public art pieces
  • Determine facility needs for outdoor programming, and arts and culture spaces 

View our culture plan and facility priorities for Vancouver

Recognize the area's cultural identity

Recognize the area's cultural identity

Northeast False Creek has been identified as an inclusive space of celebration and connection, and part of this plan will focus on uncovering its significance to a variety of communities. It is historically and culturally significant to several communities, but has only a few designated cultural spaces and a handful of public artworks.

The removal of the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts opens up the possibility to recognize and honour the former black community of Hogan’s Alley  that existed prior to the viaducts’ construction.

The greater area also holds historical and contemporary significance to the local Indigenous and Chinese Canadian  communities and was an important site of social heritage, relevant to the labour movement, and squatters of early Vancouver. 

Information gathered about these historical and contemporary significant sites will provide guidance for ensuring appropriate means of recognition and other forms of engagement. 

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Create new public art and signature sites

Create new public art and signature sites

Northeast False Creek is at the crossroads between several key artistic hubs, including the Downtown Eastside (DTES), False Creek Flats, and Downtown. Most existing public art in the area is located north of Georgia Street towards the northern border of the neighbourhood, somewhat distant from the waterfront.

Through fall and winter 2016, we will work with the community to identify opportunities for new public art, including the potential for signature pieces at major activity hubs and entrances and to celebrate key aspects of the land and urban scapes, such as the new park, the proposed Georgia Pier, the entertainment area, and the Dunsmuir Connection.

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Add arts and culture events and festival spaces

Add arts and culture events and festival spaces

Northeast False Creek is home to:

  • The city’s largest indoor presentation and performance venues — Rogers Arena and BC Place Stadium
  • Outdoor arts and cultural events and festivals such as the Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival and Latincouver’s Carnaval del Sol, and various film festivals held at the Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinema

The Plaza of Nations and the Concord Pacific Plaza have been historically used as outdoor performance venues. In their current condition, these sites and others in Vancouver do not satisfy the community’s requirements for outdoor performance spaces. The Cultural Facilities Priorities Plan  (3.5 MB) identifies a need for strategic public space improvements to address outdoor festival demand. 

With the creation of the Crosstown Waterfront:

  • The area has capacity to accommodate even more outdoor arts and culture performances, festivals, events, and activities
  • There is the opportunity to create a purpose-built, malleable venue space for a broad spectrum of performance and staging needs for a wide range of presentations and productions
  • Cultural producers and presenters from neighbouring communities will benefit from the new venue’s direct proximity
  • We can determine the interest for the development of arts and cultural spaces in mixed-use buildings in the area

Staging areas will be planned in relation to the surrounding pier, stadia, waterfront, pedestrian and bicycle corridors, and adjacent parks to maximize programming possibilities.

During fall 2016, we will collect input from the community on what is desired. This information will determine the level and type of infrastructure required, as well as the final design of the venue, parks, and surrounding areas. 

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Existing artwork, cultural spaces, and sites in the area

 

Northeast False Creek: Public art, cultural spaces, historic/cultural sites

By City of Vancouver

 

  • Terry Fox Memorial

    By City of Vancouver

    Public art by Douglas Coupland

  • Trans Am Totem

    By City of Vancouver

    Public art by Marcus Bowcott

  • Changing Times

    By City of Vancouver

    Public art by Mahovsky and Weppler

  • Abacus (Suan Phan)

    By City of Vancouver

    Public art by Gwen Boyle

  • Cooper Mews

    By City of Vancouver

    Public art by Alan Storey

  • Rogers Arena

    By City of Vancouver

    Major event facility

  • BC Place

    By City of Vancouver

    Major event facility

  • Plaza of Nations

    By City of Vancouver

    Major event facility

  • Science World

    By City of Vancouver

    Major event facility

  • BC Sports Hall of Fame

    By City of Vancouver

    Cultural spaces

  • International Village

    By City of Vancouver

    Cultural spaces

  • Dr. Sun-Yat Sen Gardens

    By City of Vancouver

    Cultural spaces

  • The Cobalt

    By City of Vancouver

    Cultural spaces

  • Playwrights Theatre Centre

    By City of Vancouver

    Cultural spaces

  • Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver

    By City of Vancouver

    Cultural spaces

  • Hogan's Alley Plaque

    By City of Vancouver

    Cultural spaces

Documents and studies

View the policies, strategies, studies, and public feedback that have shaped Northeast False Creek.