17th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival
Wednesday October 28 to Sunday November 8, 2020

Welcome to the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival! Many of the over 100 events can be enjoyed from the comfort of your home (or one of our screening rooms or viewing outposts), while others can be enjoyed in person. There's a lot to take in, so take a few minutes to explore this website and start filling in your calendar.

SUPPORT THE FESTIVAL – DONATE TODAY!

Most of the events at the Heart of the City Festival are free. If you support the Festival and enjoy the programming, please consider donating to support our work. Any donations are very much needed, welcomed and appreciated. Donations can be made through Canada Helps or through Eventbrite when registering for an event.


Welcome!

This Gives Us Strength is our 2020 Festival theme: those sources that our community draws upon as we, like others across the land, cope with a worldwide pandemic, physical distancing and isolation, ongoing and growing displacement, the tragic realities of the fentanyl crisis, and the legacies of systemic racism. This year's Festival will be experienced both live and online, as the Downtown Eastside community shares with each other, and our guests, our stories, history, heritage, culture, concerns, hopes, dreams and visions for the future.

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.


HATS OFF TO OUR FUNDING AND IN-KIND PARTNERS AND SPONSORS!

The Heart of the City Festival gratefully acknowledges the financial and in-kind support of our Festival partners and sponsors.