Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street


17th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival

October 28, 2020 - November 08, 2020


Tickets: Free | Various


When: October 28, 2020 - November 8, 2020 

Where: Online | Various in-person locations

Additional Info: Select events are co-presented by SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs

Every year, the Downtown Eastside community looks forward to the Heart of the City Festival. This year, more than ever, Downtown Eastside residents and artists seek opportunities for cultural exchange and to get together. The Festival is here to ensure that our community and artists are supported during these challenging times. Due to circumstances of the pandemic, we have reimagined this year’s festival to be smaller in scale with programming mostly online and outdoors.

The 2020 Festival theme, This Gives Us Strength, resonates today as our community copes with a worldwide pandemic, physical distancing, ongoing displacement, the fentanyl crisis, and the raw realities of bigotry and systemic racism.

We take strength from the compelling creativity of Downtown Eastside-involved artists and residents who illuminate the vitality, relevance and resilience of the Downtown Eastside community and its diverse and rich traditions, knowledge systems, ancestral languages, cultural roots and stories. In the words of late DTES poet Sandy Cameron, “When we tell our stories we draw our own maps, and question the maps of the powerful. Each of us has something to tell, something to teach.”

SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs is proud to be involved in several events.

An Evening with Dalannah Gail Bowen

October 29, 2020 | 7-9 PM | Free

Co-presented by SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs

Workshop Reading: Beyond with Jenifer Brousseau

November 2, 2020 | 11 AM - 1 PM | Free

Presented in association with SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs

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We acknowledge that this event take place on the Traditional Coast Salish Lands including the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw), Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ) and Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) Nations. Viewers may be watching from other territories.


Tickets: Free | Various


When: October 28, 2020 - November 8, 2020 

Where: Online | Various in-person locations

Additional Info: Select events are co-presented by SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs

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