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Heart of the City Festivals

Heart of the City Festival celebrating Vancouver's urban village -- the Downtown Eastside

Celebrating the history, culture, and people of the DTES

Since 2008, the Great Beginnings Program has supported the Heart of the City Festival in celebrating the history, culture and people of the DTES.

Local organizations partnering for success

The Festival works in partnership with local cultural organizations:
  • Chinese Cultural Centre
  • Chinatown Merchants’ Association
  • Japanese Language School and Hall
  • Vancouver Aboriginal Centre
  • Association of United Ukrainian Canadians

Building community connections

Our founding communities include the Chinese, Japanese, Europen, and First Nations. The festival hosts events that honour these founding communities, such as:
  • Musical performances
  • Visual arts productions and forums
  • Historical and cultural walks and talks

Raising the creative capacity of local youth

In 2009, the Heart of the City Festival partnered with Fearless TV and ACCESS TV to mentor youth from the DTES in all aspects of television production, including three video releases that profiled the festival for public broadcast on SHAW community television.

Planning for a successful future

The Great Beginnings Program continues to support the Festival by supporting events, capacity-building, and succession planning to ensure that the community can reap the benefits of the festival for years to come.

Heart of the City Festival

Heart of the City Festival in the Downtown Eastside

Heart of the City Festival

Celebrating and building on the people, cultures, art forms, and history of the Downtown Eastside.