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Burrard Arts Foundation
BAF Gallery, 108 East Broadway (Ground Floor), Vancouver, British Columbia V5T 1V9
FAÇADE FESTIVAL 2017 is a week-long public arts and culture event taking place from September 4th to September 10th, 2017. Ten contemporary Canadian artists are set to transform the Georgia Street façade of the Vancouver Art Gallery in spectacular fashion with bold, site-specific commissioned artworks.
FAÇADE FESTIVAL 2017 is the third edition of this exciting annual public art extravaganza, joining the ranks of such internationally renowned arts festivals as VIVID in Sydney and NuitBlanche in Toronto. Each year, the Burrard Arts Foundation commissions new and significant artworks by a wide range of talented artists from British Columbia. Boldly combining new and traditional media in conjunction with the cutting-edge digital technology known as projection mapping, local artists create ephemeral artworks that vividly respond to Vancouver’s vibrant city center and urban landscape through a plethora of styles and approaches.
FAÇADE FESTIVAL 2017 presents ten strikingly innovative site-specific artworks to be projected directly onto the Georgia Street façade of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s iconic architecture. With its biggest lineup yet, FAÇADE FESTIVAL 2017 showcases artists Diyan Achjadi, Fiona Ackerman, Scott Billings, Annie Briard, Shawn Hunt, James Nizam, Luke Ramsey, Evann Siebens, Ben Skinner, and Paul Wong.
Projections will take place from 7:30 PM to midnight between September 4th and September 10th for thousands of viewers free of charge. Works by two different artists will be premiered each night from September 4th to 8th, while on September 9th, the public will have the chance to discover all of the featured artists’ works.
FAÇADE FESTIVAL 2017 will culminate with an explosive Grand Finale on September 10th, consisting of a special live performance and interactive projection mapping experience, followed by a final encore of all the artists’ works. Go2 Productions’ finale, titled “Contradistinction”, will use contrasting 2D and 3D graphics, precisely-mapped manipulations, and depth illusions to transform the Vancouver Art Gallery into a playground of light and kaleidoscopic movements. Playing with the building’s structural outline, the team of constraint-breakers will be pushing the limits of digital art, technology and soundscape for a mind-melting spectacle of cross-genre artistic expression.
FAÇADE FESTIVAL 2017 is created and produced by the Burrard Arts Foundation, in partnership with the Vancouver Art Gallery and technical partnership with Go2 Productions.
FAÇADE FESTIVAL 2017 sponsorship was provided by the City of Vancouver Cultural Services, VIVA Vancouver, the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, Hawksworth Restaurant, CanDesign Visual Design and Production, and Daily Hive Vancouver.