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Listen, Listen Festival 2023


Dance Digital & new media Interdisciplinary Music Performance Visual arts
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Left of Main (Historic Chinatown)

211 Keefer Street

Vancouver, BC

Directions: Left of Main is on the second floor and regrettably only accessible by stairs. Please reach out to [email protected] for assistance.


Free, and accepts optional pay-what-you-may donations for admission.

Offered in English and French.

Has gender-neutral washrooms.


Listen, Listen is a two-day multidisciplinary festival celebrating improvised arts sparked from joyful spontaneous play, presented by Vancouver Improvised Arts Society in partnership with plastic orchid factory.

Featuring musicians, dancers and visual/media artists, this festival showcases some of Vancouver’s finest! A collaboration between artists of different backgrounds, influences, and styles. Featuring workshops, cocktail hours, collaborative performances from some of the city's greatest improvising musicians and dancers, and late-night programming to keep the party going!

Main stage programming at Left of Main 5-10pm both nights with late-night shows at Doris in Vancouver's Historic Chinatown on the unceded, ancestral and traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səlil̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) people.



Vancouver Improvised Arts Society

The Vancouver Improvised Arts Society was born out of the desire to foster the creation of new artistic works sparked from joyful spontaneous play. Through fostering conversations, performances, education initiatives, and research projects, we encourage artists working across mediums to explore, create, and share their work within (and without) the limitless realm of improvised art.

We are committed to highlighting the work of historically under-represented artists. Our efforts are grounded in our mission to support and celebrate the intersections of gender, race, age, ability, and social status in our interdisciplinary programming. VIAS is committed to being active in the arts community in Vancouver by encouraging the sharing of resources and developing processes that engage community and fuel connection, creativity, and innovation. The Improvised Arts Society is poised to be a hub for artists ready to expand and evolve their crafts through experimentation, collaboration, and performance.