Vancouver Moving Theatre (VMT) creates art that celebrates the power of the human spirit; builds shared experiences that bridge cultural traditions, social groups and artistic disciplines; and gives voice to residents of the Downtown Eastside and beyond. VMT creates original theatrical, concert and interdisciplinary repertoire; produces the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival, multi-disciplinary events, and special projects for diverse audiences; provides cultural services, information, educational and legacy resources; and delivers professional services with an attitude of cooperation and respect for community needs.

Downtown Eastside
Heart of the City Festival
Wednesday October 30
to Sunday November 10, 2019

Over 100 events at over 40 venues throughout the Downtown Eastside

ANNOUNCING the 16thannual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival and twelve days of music, stories, theatre, poetry, cultural celebrations, films, dance, readings, forums, workshops, discussions, gallery exhibits, mixed media, art talks, history talks and history walks. This year’s theme Holding the Light has emerged from the compelling need of DTES-involved artists and residents to illuminate the vitality and relevance of the Downtown Eastside community and its diverse and rich traditions, knowledge systems, ancestral languages, cultural roots and stories.

The mandate of the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festivalis 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 a wide range of professional, community, emerging and student artists and lovers of the arts. Over 1,000 local artists and Downtown Eastside residents participated in last year’s Festival.

Many events are free or by suggested donation.

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Bah Humbug!
An 
Eastside Christmas Carol

It’s been a great run with beautiful artists from Greater Vancouver and the community of the Downtown Eastside. Looking forward to seeing you at the 10th annual and final season of this beloved holiday classic!

The haunting yet humourous musical, directed by Michael Boucher, features over twenty songs and an inspiring ensemble with Juno-award winning Jim Byrnes, Margo Kane, Tom Pickett, Kevin McNulty, Sam Bob, Savannah Walling, and Stephen Lytton. They are joined by the Saint James Music Academy Youth Choir and new cast members Vincent Keats, Olivia Lucas and Jerry LaFaery. Local muralist Richard Tetrault's iconic images of back alleys, ravens and Vancouver's portside provide a compelling backdrop daylighting pressing social issues. 

At the darkest hour of a winter’s night, a selfish old pawnbroker – an SRO hotel landowner – wakes to confront three spirits of the past, present and future. Emerging from Coast Salish land buried under sidewalks of today, these spirits bring Scrooge face to face with harm he has caused, memories he has tried to forget, and relationships that may never heal. 

Bah Humbug! celebrates the spirit, humanity and fierce advocacy for justice of Charles Dickens and of the Downtown Eastside community. 

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Vancouver Moving Theatre acknowledges and honours that we live and work on the unceded territories of the x?m??k??y??m (Musqueam), S?wx?wú7mesh (Squamish), and s?l?ilw?ta?? / sel?íl?witulh (Tsleil-Waututh).

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Support the work of Vancouver Moving Theatre. Your donations will support community renewal through the arts; training and performance opportunities for Downtown Eastside residents; inclusive community and social justice.

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HATS OFF TO OUR FUNDING AND IN-KIND PARTNERS AND SPONSORS!

Vancouver Moving Theatre gratefully acknowledges the financial and in-kind support of our Festival partners and sponsors.