PAARC Presents the Fifteenth Annual Swarm Festival of Artist-Run Culture

Sep 2, 06:19 PM

PAARC is pleased to announce its Fifteenth Year of Swarm!

SWARM is a 2-night event that marks the launch of Vancouver’s artist-run centre (ARC) programming season with exhibition openings, performances, screenings and special events. Artist-run Centres (ARCs) are collectives and non-profit organizations, run by artists, supporting new and innovative practices in the arts. With a rich history that spans over forty years, ARCs have had a significant impact on the cultural ecology in Canada and around the world.

This year’s Swarm invites the public to visit organizations located in Mount Pleasant on Thursday, September 11, and in the Downtown and neighbouring Chinatown areas on September 12. Participating organizations include Artspeak, Dynamo Arts Association, grunt gallery, Malaspina Printmakers Society, New Forms Festival, Or Gallery, VIVO Media Arts Centre, Western Front and more. In collaboration with community partner Centre A, organizations in Chinatown including 221A, Access Gallery and UNIT/PITT Projects, will close off a portion of the East Georgia Street corridor for walking traffic. Visitors will have the opportunity to participate once again in an array of cultural experiences unique to Vancouver’s specific purview in contemporary art discourse.

Please visit our website, facebook, and/or twitter for more information on event listings and schedules of programs.

Mount Pleasant and further afield
Thursday, September 11, 7-11pm

Friday, September 12, 7-11pm

More Information
To arrange media interviews or to inquire about media sponsorship please contact: Victoria Lum, Swarm Coordinator, Pacific Association of Artist-Run Centres at

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