Vancouver Moving Theatre (VMT) creates art that celebrates the power of the human spirit; builds shared experiences that bridges cultural traditions, social groups and artistic disciplines; and gives voice to residents of the Downtown Eastside and beyond. VMT creates and presents original theatrical, concert and interdisciplinary repertoire; produces the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival; builds partnerships to co-present multi-arts events and special projects for diverse audiences; and provides cultural services, information, educational and legacy resources. VMT collaborates with artists of many genres, techniques and cultural traditions; partners with arts and non-arts organizations (locally and nationally); advances art practice by a balance of experimentation, accessibility and community-engagement; strives for excellence in process and product, and supports communities in art creation. VMT delivers professional services with an attitude of cooperation and respect for community needs.

17th Annual Downtown Eastside
Heart of the City Festival
Wednesday October 28 to Sunday November 8, 2020
Over 50 events throughout the Downtown Eastside and online

Tickets and Info:

Tickets/Registration for online events will be available on the festival website in early October

We are thrilled to announce the 17th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival!
Every year, the Downtown Eastside community looks forward to the Heart of the City Festival. This year, more than ever, Downtown Eastside residents and artists seek opportunities for cultural exchange and to get together. The Festival is here to ensure that our community and artists are supported during these challenging times. Due to circumstances of the pandemic, we have reimagined this year’s festival to be smaller in scale with programming mostly online and outdoors.  The 2020 Festival features twelve days of online and pop-up outdoor events, including music, stories, poetry, ceremony, films, readings, forums, workshops, discussions, art talks, history talks and visual art exhibitions.

The 2020 Festival theme, This Gives Us Strength, resonates today as our community copes with a worldwide pandemic, physical distancing, ongoing displacement, the fentanyl crisis, and the raw realities of bigotry and systemic racism.

The mandate of the Festival is 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 professional, community, emerging and student artists, and lovers of the arts.

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Vancouver Moving Theatre acknowledges and honours that we live and work on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam Nations.

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