McLaren at the Festival

We have been forced to cancel our annual summer fundraiser “Sparkles” in both 2020 and 2021 due to Covid-19 precautions. As an alternative, to bring McLaren supporters together, we have partnered with renowned Vancouver festivals to bring you their top events –  live-streamed onto you favourite internet connected device – and completely free of charge.

Heart of the City Festival – Fall 2021

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.

We will partner with Heart of the City and select a top event in this festival to liven up those dark days around Halloween. It may be a live, in-person event or livestreamed, depending on community health recommendations at the time. We’ll let you by email and our social media channels nearer the time.

The 2020 Heart of the City Festival wrapped up on Sunday, November 8 with a virtual Closing Ceremony in keeping with safety protocols. It’s taken a whole community of dedicated, hard-working staff, partners, organizations and artists working together to create a Festival we can all be proud of. Together we have shared strengths arising from the Downtown Eastside community and allies – creativity and resilience, rich diverse traditions, knowledge systems, ancestral languages, cultural roots and stories.

One legacy of the 2020 Heart of the City Festival is a treasure trove of recorded videos that can be enjoyed at your leisure.

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