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What is Elevate?

Welcome to Elevate Arts Festival!

We’re a bunch of cultural activists, community organizers, local professionals, creative spirits, businesses and friends who have joined forces to produce a festival from the heart!

Our next festival celebrating art, culture and community with you is June 3rd – 6th 2015 in the heart of Courtenay.

About The Festival

Learn why we exist, what we seek to achieve and what you’ll experience during our 4 day event!


Get Involved

Be a volunteer, champion a project, participate in an activity, be a sponsor, perform or exhibit, be a vendor…


Upcoming Stuff

We do more than just the 4-day Festival… This is where you’ll find other activities throughout the year


We’re all about barrier free, boundary pushing and collaborative opportunities to engage with art and culture.

We work hard and focus our intention on breaking down barriers between culture producers and culture creators and using art and culture as a way to re-imagine our communities as dynamic, green, thriving and interconnected places.

Please Join us on facebook to share your inspiration, ideas & experiences… (or email info@elevatethearts.com)

  • elevate mural 2013participatory art
  • 7 Story Circus Red Silkscircus in the streets
  • artists at workkids and chalk abandon
  • Bella Muerteskulls and stones
  • Portals & Thresholds 1join this year's portal installation project
  • Andy MacDougall's Silkscreeningtry your hand at printmaking
  • downtown diversity muralinclusive, barrier-free arts & culture
  • elevate in chalksomething for everyone
  • dad at the chalk wall
  • student improv
  • em.ash at the bazaarspinning beats to shop by
  • piano on 5thmobile music
  • Johnny Waffelz at Elevatestreet art with purpose
  • elevate underground2not your usual craft bazaar
  • kids stuff in Alley 1great kids activities
  • Portals & Thresholds 2bring out your inner space geek - join the portal installation project
  • Luxotica Fire Spinningwe have fire!
  • Live painting and other art creationvisual arts galore
  • vesta fire 2013and more fire!
  • the elevate lampmysteries revealed
  • More 7 Story Circushang around with us
  • simms alley 2012critical mass in our alleys
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