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VANDOCUMENT @ Khatsahlano 2013

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Annual outdoor arts & music fest builds new connections and celebrates community

Photos by Sheng Ho and Ash Tanasiychuk
Video shot & edited by Ash Tanasiychuk

The sun was hot but the shade was cool. Khatsahlano 2013. VANDOCUMENT’s first booth at a festival. And it was a blast.

VANDOCUMENT booth at Khatsahlano art & music fest, Kitsilano, Vancouver BC, 2013. Photo by Ash Tanasiychuk

We were based on Trafalgar, just off 4th, amongst fellow arts and community and arts organizations such as Bard On The Beach. We were also right around the corner from MOV‘s stand and OMG!

Paul Wong at Khatsahlano art & music fest, Kitsilano, Vancouver BC, 2013. Photo by Ash Tanasiychuk

A small stage mere feet away from us had crowds of people dancing.

Dancing at Khatsahlano art & music fest, Kitsilano, Vancouver BC, 2013. Photo by Ash Tanasiychuk
VANDOCUMENT at Khatsahlano Music and Arts Festival, Vancouver BC, 2013. Photo by Sheng Ho
VANDOCUMENT at Khatsahlano Music and Arts Festival, Vancouver BC, 2013. Photo by Sheng Ho

And throughout the day, VANDOCUMENT sharpshooter Sheng Ho strode the streets capturing some of the action, such as longboard racing

VANDOCUMENT at Khatsahlano Music and Arts Festival, Vancouver BC, 2013. Photo by Sheng Ho

dodgeball

VANDOCUMENT at Khatsahlano Music and Arts Festival, Vancouver BC, 2013. Photo by Sheng Ho
VANDOCUMENT at Khatsahlano Music and Arts Festival, Vancouver BC, 2013. Photo by Sheng Ho

contact dance

VANDOCUMENT at Khatsahlano Music and Arts Festival, Vancouver BC, 2013. Photo by Sheng Ho

music

VANDOCUMENT at Khatsahlano Music and Arts Festival, Vancouver BC, 2013. Photo by Sheng Ho
VANDOCUMENT at Khatsahlano Music and Arts Festival, Vancouver BC, 2013. Photo by Sheng Ho

fun for the kids

VANDOCUMENT at Khatsahlano Music and Arts Festival, Vancouver BC, 2013. Photo by Sheng Ho
VANDOCUMENT at Khatsahlano Music and Arts Festival, Vancouver BC, 2013. Photo by Sheng Ho

and of course, the VANDOCUMENT team in action!

VANDOCUMENT at Khatsahlano Music and Arts Festival, Vancouver BC, 2013. Photo by Sheng Ho
VANDOCUMENT at Khatsahlano Music and Arts Festival, Vancouver BC, 2013. Photo by Sheng Ho

One of the most effective parts of the day for us was our poster board.

Our question, “How can we make Vancouver’s arts more inclusive and accessible?” was a huge success. It generated tons of stimulating conversation with a wide range of people of all ages, backgrounds, and interests.

VANDOCUMENT booth at Khatsahlano art & music fest, Kitsilano, Vancouver BC, 2013. Photo by Ash Tanasiychuk

Some of the written responses included:
* Creative jams in public spaces
* A dependable source to find out about events
* Introduce a friend to art
* A dedicated arts tax. Portland did it!

As well as the inspiring, positive interactions we had with the public, including this piece of support from local art supporters Mark Jacobs and Yoo-Mi Lee:

Community support for arts & culture documentation at Khatsahlano from VANDOCUMENT on Vimeo.

HUGE shout outs to everyone who made this incredible day possible, we literally couldn’t have done it without your support:

W3 printers for printing our business cards, postcards, and banners

BLIM for use of your button press – so many rad little buttons!

Hot Art Wet City for lending us tables

VIVO for lending us the poster board, felt markers, and chairs

Chris Pellizzari for your 10′ tent

Khatsahlano for the booth, helping out us and our socially conscious, community benefitting neighbours on the Trafalgar strip.

VANDOCUMENT at Khatsahlano Music and Arts Festival, Vancouver BC, 2013. Photo by Sheng Ho

And of course, EVERYONE on the VANDOCUMENT team, those who were there all day, from set up to tear down, to those who stopped by, to those who tweeted texted and emailed, to everyone who has contributed quality photos, vids, and writing to this little community-building art project that could.

You’ve all helped so much & you are appreciated immensely.

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Check out our massive gallery of photos from Khatsahlano 2013!