The tenth edition of this fesitval includes five days of music, DJs, breakdancers and graffiti artists. Afrika Bambaataa will headline the festival’s Soundclash Concert Under the Bridge on Friday September 13th from 6:00pm to 11:00pm. It will also include the popular Main Day Block Party on September 14th under Dunbar Bridge. For more information see the House of PainT website.
Since 1988, the Dancing on the Edge festival (DOTE) has been presented at the Firehall Arts Centre and a growing number of partner venues throughout Vancouver. As the city’s longest-running contemporary dance festival, DOTE serves the professional dance milieu through an eclectic program consisting of full-length, mixed bill and site-specific dance works. This year a mixture of emerging, established, local and visiting dancers took to the stage and, like previous years, there seemed to be no particular or overarching aesthetic. However, it would be safe to say that innovative, experimental and works-in-progress foregrounded the entire event. I ventured out to view a handful of such works, which left me with the some lasting impressions.