BE Gastown

September 21 + 22, 2017

outside, free, live + online

Brief Encounters / Discover Our City


With a 12 year history of producing interdisciplinary performance, Brief Encounters expands perspectives of live art, art-making and being an audience member in our digital world.

BE Gastown is a FREE 2-night event that, through overlaying performance, architecture and technology, will highlight Gastown’s position in the historical and cultural centre of Vancouver.

With four blocks of Vancouver’s favourite neighbourhood closed to traffic and over 30 artists creating live shows… what will we discover?

Out there to find…


From sunset to 10pm, BE Gastown will embed 20 shows in unusual places throughout the neighbourhood – local businesses and the nooks and crannies we walk past without a second thought. Working with design firms, architects, fashion designers and filmmakers to realize the event’s vision, BE Gastown will disrupt our day-to-day interpretation of Gastown’s spaces.

The event will engage audiences via live performance, immersive installations, multimedia projections and beyond.

Over 30 local artists will invited to create participatory experiences that transform Gastown into a neighbourhood-wide live art event. Attendees can explore the streets radiating out from Maple Tree Square, finding interactive installations and performances.

The Remix Block, located in Maple Tree Square, will be a blend of projection mapping, interactive video installation, integrated social media experiences and a new media party facilitated and live remixed by a team of media artists. Images and media of the event will be live-streamed to the internet.

The event will be free to explore. For a more in-depth experience, tickets are available for purchase for guided tours with local artists.

Who’s looking for a brief encounter?


Gastown’s 80,000 residents and 87,000 employees are sophisticated, educated, curious and urbane. The neighbourhood also attracts many other risk-taking and entrepreneurial creatives, from Vancouver and beyond. These potential audience members choose to spend their time and money in Gastown because it the area is the nucleus of innovation and change in our city and a hub for technology, protest, cuisine, art and a great night out.

BE Gastown weaves the best elements of this renowned area together by inviting neighbourhood regulars and visitors to experience the best Gastown has to offer.



gastown / statistics + demographics

Residents 79,140
daytime employees 87,020
female 46%
male 54%
families 32%
# of families 15,725
under 35 40%
35-44 25%
post-secondary completion 70%
average household income $64,538

Source: Bizmap Market Area Profiles – Gastown Neighbourhood Profile 2009


We Can Build Your Brand!

Are you looking to connect with local businesses partnering on this event?

Can you brand benefit from exposure to thousands of cosmopolitan audience members?

be gastown looks forward to partnering with your brand to help you achieve your business goals.

Get in touch…


Kristina Lemieux
artistic producer

kristina [at] briefencoutners [dot] ca

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