Supporting arts and culture in the Downtown Eastside

Great Beginnings projects that support arts and culture

B-boy competition at Streetfest during the Chinatown Festival

Youth Programming at 2009 Chinatown Festival

Streetfest 2009 introduced young people to the Chinatown community by fusing traditional Chinatown with popular youth culture that may not normally be associated with the area. The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Courtyard acted as a venue for a ‘B-boy’ dance competition.

Traces: the slide being projected has text which says,

Traces: Projecting stories of Strathcona

In 2009, the Traces project created a living history project through various artistic mediums that connected, engaged, and built the capacity of local youth, seniors, and artists in celebrating and documenting East Vancouver’s Strathcona neighbourhood.

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

Heart of the City Festivals

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

Spatial Poetics

Spatial Poetics

Spatial Poetics is an annual event held during the Powell Street Festival. At the 2009 Spatial Poetics, BC-based Asian Canadian artists collaborated on the creation of interdisciplinary artworks in alternative locations.