FROM: VIBE ARTS, 401 Richmond Street W., Suite 230, Toronto Ontario, M5V 3A8
For more information please call: Deneille Balkissoon, 416-929-9314, Deneille@vibearts.ca

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

VIBE Arts FestAnnual youth-led arts festival returns for its 8th year with renewed vision.

TORONTO, ON (June 8-11, 2016) — VIBE Arts Fest is a free, four-day Youth-Led Arts Festival, presented at the Aki Studio, that showcases talent from a variety of VIBE Arts’ children and youth programs. The festival also includes artwork from several of VIBE Arts’ Emerging Artists and Platform A micro-grant recipients. VIBE Arts Fest features visual and performance arts, as well as interactive art activities for the whole family.

VIBE Arts Fest 2016 is focused on the theme of “Identity”. The VIBE Arts Fest youth volunteer committee feels that creativity and expression through the arts allow for personal growth, understanding, and fulfillment. Arts initiatives also build strong communities by sharing and encouraging creative energy among community members of all ages.

The Aki Studio is located at 585 Dundas St E #120. VIBE Arts Fest is open and free to the public.

Scheduled Activities and Events throughout June 8th to 11th

Visual Arts Exhibit (June 8-11, 2016)
The gallery exhibition will display original artwork designed and created by children and youth involved in VIBE Arts programs as well as emerging artists and micro-grant recipients. The gallery will showcase several hand-painted murals created by VIBE Arts program participants as part of the NBA’s ‘This is Why We Play’ campaign – all part of the NBA All-Star game held in Toronto in February 2016. These murals were displayed in subway stations across Toronto, in collaboration with NBA Canada and PATTISON Outdoor Advertising. The gallery exhibit will also display paintings, mixed media, photography, and much more from the year of programming across Toronto.

Pop-up Performances, Art Activities, & Open Mic (June 9-10, 2016)
Thursday June 9th and Friday June 10th are dedicated to engaging hands-on art activities and pop-up performances. Festival goers can engage with artists and art-making including a graffiti wall. There will be an Open Mic Night held on June 10th. Aspiring performers of all levels are encouraged to participate.

Performance Showcase (Saturday, June 11, 2016)
On June 11th, children and youth participants from VIBE Arts’ school and community programs, and several emerging artists will perform live! Past festivals have featured African drumming, hip-hop dance, spoken word, and Aboriginal dance. The 2016 festival performance line-up is soon to be announced.

About VIBE Arts
VIBE Arts is an award-winning charitable organization that is committed to engaging young people living in neighbourhood improvement areas with high-quality, accessible arts education programs that are meaningful, relevant and collaboratively developed with community and education partners. VIBE Arts positions arts programs in schools and neighbourhood venues as a means of building community, and empowering children and youth to reach their full potential as artists and social contributors. To learn more, please visit https://vibearts.ca or call us at 416-929-9314.

About VIBE Arts Fest
VIBE Arts Fest is a youth-led festival that celebrates the artistic skill and impact of Toronto’s young people and emerging artists. The 2016 festival is organized and run by a volunteer youth committee of six young women, many of which are artists themselves. VIBE Arts Fest is the continuation of an annual event previously known as BIG BAM BOOM. This transformation into VIBE Arts Fest launches a rebirth and new vision for the festival that maintains its original values of positive impact for VIBE Arts’ program participants and bridging communities, while also expanding its audience and engagement. VIBE Arts youth performers and families look forward to the festival each year.

To learn more about the VIBE Arts’ Fest and the Volunteer Youth Committee, please visit www.vibeartsfest.ca. Reach us via festival@vibearts.ca or call us at 416-929-9314.

We honour and acknowledge the original caretakers of this land: Mississaugas of New Credit and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. 

For more information contact:
festival@vibearts.ca
VIBE Arts
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 230
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8
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