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Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival 2023


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Roundhouse Community Centre

181 Roundhouse Mews

Vancouver, BC

Directions: Walking: From Granville Street, head east five blocks down Davie. Skytrain: The Yaletown-Roundhouse Canada Line Station is 200 metres from us. Bus: Buses 6 & C23 stop within feet of the Roundhouse. Driving: Underground pay parking is available; access off Drake (south of Pacific Blvd). Parking is available and rates are posted on



Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible, has gender-neutral washrooms, and will have a sign language interpreter.


Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival 2023 runs from October 12-17, 2023

This year will feature 56 artists from across Metro Vancouver’s diverse art scenes, including 40 visual artists, 13 performing artists, and three art groups. The festival’s visual art exhibition and performances will be complemented by a series of new workshops. Visitors will be able to learn from artisan Chantal Cardinal about the craft of handmade felt objects and from Vancouver Ikebana Association member Cecily Chang about the art of Japanese flower arranging. Additional workshops will be offered through a new partnership with BC Culture Days: independent dance artist and choreographer Fiana Kawane will teach Kathak Movement, or South Asian classical dance, and multimedia artist Bethany Pardoe will facilitate a collaborative character design session.

A collaboration between Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival and OAF (Outsider Art Festival) from Helsinki, Finland, will culminate in a short film presentation at the Roundhouse Community Centre (Performance Centre) on Monday, Oct. 16, 2023. OAF’s inclusive artistic team has curated a collection of short films featuring Finnish outsider artists from the suburbs of Helsinki to the more rural area of Karelia: Mika Ruohola, Kati Kallio, Anne Kalliola, and Miska Tuononen. The films highlight various artistic approaches and storytelling techniques, incorporating performance art, silent film, poetry and dance. An online meet and greet with the artists will be hosted following the screening, and will be accessible online at OAF Online Stage.

Following the festival’s close, the VOAF exhibition will travel to the Port Moody Arts Centre from Jan. 11–March 4, 2024.

VOAF 2023 Participating Visual Artists featuring:

Alini Garcia, Andrea Grey, Andrew Woods, Ania Salmina, Barbara-Lynn Pollard, Ben Roback, Brandy Mars, Cathy Watters, Colin Mitchell, Courtney Lee, Daniel Poggenpoel, Erin Audley, Federico Airaudo, Glenn Hesse, Hazel Yuhang Zhang, Jaclyn Lord-Purcell, Jasper Berehulke, Justine Clark, Kaela Ho, Katalina Guerrero, Komal Saxena, Lee Abbott, Leigh Press, LittleBenefit, Madison Gill, Mahdieh Pourghannad, Marianne Powley, Marko Hirny, Mason Meghji, Max Mueller-Langer, Nickole Lewis, Nicole Parekh, Rowan Wright, Sandra Yuen, Shamsah Mohamed, Sheila Letwiniuk, Tim Varro, Tom Moody, Trevor Buddin, Vee CR

VOAF 2023 Participating Performing Artists featuring:

Argel Monte de Ramos, Cèsar Contreras, Co-Creating Love, Eva Cho, Fairything, Farrah Vading, Hampton G, Jerry LaFaery & Leef Evans, Joe Joe Johnson, Kandy Roar, Mako Fujimoto, Niki Kennedy, Rocky & the Gems

VOAF 2023 Participating Art Groups featuring:

ART & Justice, The Art Studios, Gathering Place Community Centre

VOAF 2023 is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, City of Vancouver, Canadian Heritage, Modo, Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, Jamie Poh, BC Culture Days, Disability Alliance BC, and Y.P. Heung Foundation.



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