Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival 2021

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The Community Arts Council of Vancouver (“CAC”) presents the 5th annual Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival (“VOAF”) from October 15 to 17, 2021 at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre in Yaletown. To extend the event, an online festival will be available from October 27 to December 1, 2021.

Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival 2021

Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival 2021

  • Free admission, free workshops. A large portion of net sales goes directly to the artists

VOAF is Canada’s first and only Outsider Arts Festival offering visual and performing artists facing social exclusion and other barriers opportunities for art exhibition and sales; performance and participation; and connection and learning. The artists may be self-taught or trained, but they are all devoted to their creative practices, and come from a point of view that is outside the mainstream art world trends.

“We’re excited about showcasing the works by over 50+ outsider artists and performers at this point in our cultural landscape. With the ongoing pandemic, we’ve all felt a bit isolated and separated but this fall, as many arts and culture events are re-starting. This is the best time to come together safely and share creativity and expression through arts and culture with our local community” says Kristin Cheung, Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival Producer and Executive Director of the Community Arts Council of Vancouver which organizes the festival. 

Eligible artists self-identify as outsiders and have strong creative practices, with diverse aesthetics. Percentage of the art sales go directly to artists. All artists, performers, and workshop leaders are paid professional CARFAC fees.   

VOAF includes exhibiting visual and performing artists as well as organizational partners Alternative Creations Studio and John Howard Society and free public workshops.

The family-friendly festival is free to the public and the full event schedule and workshop pre-registration is available online.

Note: VOAF will be adhering to the Provincial Health Orders, as an indoor public event with 50+ or more and patrons, artists, volunteers and staff will be required to show proof of vaccination. 

Online Festival

Visual Artists: Alan Poon, Alex Lavrov, Althea Adams, Andrew Woods, Angel Strehlen, BeAndra Jacqueline, Beth Wilks, Cassie Yu, Chuck Heilman, Charlie Sandeman, Japhy Ryder, Jacqueline Primeau, Jason Young, Justin Erickson, Leef Evans, LeiGh Press, Linda Haftner, Miaad Eshraghi, Mohamed Foda, Olga Evseeva, Pax North, Rojina Farrokhnejad (RJ), Rose Poon, Sandra Yuen, Shamsah Mohamed, Stevie Broome, Tadafumi Tamura & Saori Hoshi, A.J. Stewart (Arwen Joy Stewart), Zac Cocciolo, Riser World

Performers: Anjalica Solomon, Bero Saker, Cheryl Hutchinson, Dalannah Gail Bowen, Elysse Cloma, Franz the Poet, In Fuse, Kids of the Frozen Coconut Collective, Jim Sands, JoeChow, Kiranjit Shoker, Krystal Garib, Madd Jazz Live, Michelle Heyoka, Robin & Wren, Sajia Sultana Kabir, Tomoyo Yamada & Xinyue Liu, Tze Liew

About the CACV

The Community Arts Council of Vancouver was the first arts council in North America and is an independent non-profit organization, unaffiliated with any government department. Their vision is of a socially-engaged, inclusive, and vibrant city alive with community arts. Community arts is made by, with, for, and because of people sharing a sense of community.  They currently advance their vision in Vancouver through community arts programs that address Indigenous and non-Indigenous relationships, social exclusion and stigma, sustainability in the arts sector, and our relationship to the environment.  

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