4 Events You Don’t Want to Miss at the Queer Arts Festival

Image from The Queen In Me performance by Teiya Kasahara

It’s the 50th anniversary of Stonewall this year, and you bet we’ll be celebrating the strides the LGBTQ2IA communities have made with events across Vancouver all season. Beyond the celebrations, Pride is also very much about advocating for love and acceptance where, as a society, we can do better.

The Queer Arts Festival is one such cross-section of celebration and advocacy. It’s your chance to be a part of an arts festival that pushes boundaries, asks questions, and supports a loud and powerful community of artists.

Here are 4 events during the Queer Arts Festival you’ll want to check out:

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4 Events You Don’t Want to Miss at the Queer Arts Festival

Crime dramas dominate this year’s Taiwanese Film Festival

Taiwanese crime drama The Bold, the Corrupt and the Beautiful won for Best Feature at the 2017 Golden Horse Awards.

Each year, the Taiwanese Film Festival brings some of the best Taiwanese feature films, documentaries, and shorts to Vancouver, along with special guest filmmakers. Since its 2007 launch, the festival has resented more than 100 Taiwanese films and hosted several filmmakers and directors. It has grown to become one of the largest film festivals focusing on Taiwanese cinema in North America.

Here are a few of the films to check out at this year’s festival, which takes place at Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.) from June 21-25.

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Crime dramas dominate this year’s Taiwanese Film Festival

East Side Pride: The Happiest Day in June

Image credit: Shannon Ruth Dionne Miller

By Rachel Rosenberg

Summer is here and Vancouverites are already flocking to parks and beaches on sunny, lively weekend afternoons. On Saturday, June 22, there is the return of Vancouver Pride Society’s annual event: East Side Pride, a daylong celebratory festival to tide us over until August.

The family-friendly event, located on Commercial Drive at Grandview Park (1657 Charles Street), runs from noon until 6:00 pm. Here are some ideas about what to do while you are there:

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East Side Pride: The Happiest Day in June

Dancing stories of transformation in Matriarchs Uprising

Kahawi Dance Theatre’s Santee Smith. Photo: Ian R Maracle.

A celebration of contemporary dance by Indigenous women, Matriarchs Uprising offers a program of performances, events, and conversations. Works by Australia’s Mariaa Randall, Maura Garcia Dance from the United States, and Canada’s acclaimed Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, Jessica McMann and Cheyenne Rain LeGrande from the Prairies, are among the highlights of the three-day event (June 20-22).

See more below.

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Dancing stories of transformation in Matriarchs Uprising

Things to Do This Weekend in Vancouver

Shakespeare and beer headline this weekend with the opening of Bard on the Beach at Vanier Park and the Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival at the PNE Fairgrounds. There’s also World Oceans Day at the Vancouver Aquarium, Italian Day on Commercial Drive, the Maritime Museum’s 60th anniversary and a whole lot of arts and music.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Vancouver

Things to Do This Weekend in Vancouver

This is a good weekend to take the family out; the Children’s Festival is going strong on Granville Island, and even Fred Penner is joining in! There’s also a fake ghost tour, a theatre festival and lots of music and dance to fill your time in between walks, bike rides and picnics in the lovely spring weather.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Vancouver

Celebrate La Bella Italia at Italian Day on the Drive!

That’s amore on Commercial Drive! Entering its 10th year, Italian Day on the Drive (June 9) raises a toast to Italian culture and heritage with more than 130 merchants, vendors, partners and community organizations collaborating to stage the buzziest block party of the year for upwards of 300,000 attendees.

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Celebrate La Bella Italia at Italian Day on the Drive!