Whether by foot, by bike, or by shuttle, explore an integration of the arts in Victoria!
The Integrate Arts Festival (formerly known as “Off the Grid Arts Festival”) was developed in 2006. The event included an en masse art crawl (a movement in large groups from gallery space to gallery space) and acted as a celebration of small galleries, artist-run centres, and alternative arts. In its years of existence, the festival has grown in leaps and bounds. In 2012 the project was re-branded as the Integrate Arts Festival and was incorporated as a society – the Integrate Art Society. Last year, thanks to the support of the community and festival sponsors, we had 2,000 attendees throughout the festival.
We can't wait to show you what we have planned for 2017!
HOW IT WORKS
Join us on Friday August 25 for our Opening Reception, and catch the first glimpse of the work by our featured Integrate artists! The Integrate Arts Festival map will guide the public to a variety of exhibitions and events at participating galleries, publicly accessible studios, and various sites throughout the city. You can access the map using the Integrate brochure (found at participating locations) as well as on our website. We encourage participants to walk or bike to each site. A family-friendly bike tour and a participant-driven, artist-led walking tour will be offered on Saturday August 26 for optimal enjoyment of the festival. For those requiring more accessibility, a shuttle will be available on Saturday afternoon to circulate participants throughout the Victoria area. The route will be posted on our website, on social media, and in the brochure. The map and brochure are coming soon!
Everything is FREE! All participating galleries, parties, events, and performances are free during the festival crawl. Some public galleries will revert to admission fees or 'by donation' on Sunday.
As we are a non-profit society, obtaining funding for the festival each year is challenging. Please consider donating so that we can continue supporting local artists & spaces. Thank you for supporting the arts in YYJ!
The Integrate Art Society is situated on traditional and unceded Coast Salish territories, specifically of the Lekwungen and WSÁNEĆ peoples. We strive to remain mindful of the cultural impacts of ongoing colonialism and dispossession of Indigenous peoples as we continue to engage communities and hold events in this region.