Arriving at Main Street during peak sun hours, with no sunglasses or water but good company, I started my self-guided tour around the new murals being created for this year’s Vancouver Mural Festival.
By giving creative freedom to artists who come from different backgrounds and tell different stories, the festival plays an important role in social movements. This year, the festival is focusing on female producers and artists as well as Indigenous representation with Musqueam artist Debra Sparrow, a self-taught designer and weaver.
With bright colours, provocative lettering and breathtaking artwork, Arts of Resistance: Politics and the Past in Latin America tells several stories of injustice and how art has responded to and challenged them.
Vancouver: No Fixed Address, directed by documentarian Charles Wilkinson, portrays the worrying realities of the Vancouver housing crisis.