The Hallows Festival 2018

The 2017 Festival of Hallows is now over. We are now preparing for the Gathering Festival 2018. Archive for the 2017 Hallows festival can be found below.

For the first time in our 7 year history the “Festival of Hallows” was held in Emery Barnes Park and the Streets of downtown Vancouver. This new version of the festival was an incredible success. Community groups from the Downtown South and the Downtown East-side participated by holding workshops and building community and personal shrines. Particular thanks go out to Positive Living, Inner City Youth, Coast Mental Health, Vandu, the Mexican Consulate, Directions Youth Services and volunteers at the Gathering Place Community Centre. Photos of the events other festival documentation can be seen below. And we look forward to seeing you at next years Festival of Hallows.



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In the Spirit of Day of the Dead (Dia de Los Muertos), please join us in remembering and honouring our deceased friends, loved ones, volunteers, and community members at The Festival of Hallows on Oct 31st in Emery Barnes Park (Seymour and Davie Street) from 5 to 9 PM.

Emery Barnes Park will be adorned with Personal and Community Shrines: made by community members for community members. Every shrine honours one or more person or group of people who have passed away. Shrines honour our ancestors, grandparents, wives, husbands, brothers, sisters, friends, victims of HIV, Fentanyl, Natural Disasters, War and all others.

The Gathering Place will host presentations by various Mexican artists on the cultural meaning and importance of the shrines and how to make one for yourself or your community. Presentations could be arranged for groups or organisations who would like to participate in building shrines.

The Gathering Place will also host shrine building workshops including :                     Personal shrines, a shrine for volunteers of the Gathering Place, an indigenous community shrine, a shrine in honour of the victims of the Mexican Earthquakes by artist Judith Guzman (with approval from the Mexican Consulate) and other shrines as desired. Plans are also underway for victims of the Fentanyl crisis, HIV and other specified groups. Shrines can be made for any person or group of people. Permission is not required to add a small personal shrine to the park display. For larger shrines, community shrines, or shrines for specified groups or demographics please contact Alex Chisholm at the Gathering Place, 604-665-2391.

The Hallows Festival will present many other free activities and workshops including Halloween candies for kids, ceramic skull glazing, sugar skulls, mask painting, pumpkin carving, live music, free food and more. All workshops, presentations and activities are free. Stay tuned for a full calendar of events.

The Festival of Hallows is inclusive and open to all cultures and practices that honour our ancestors. If you are interested in a presentation on shrines, shrine building, or sharing another cultural practice please contact Alex Chisholm at the Gathering Place Community Centre, 609 Helmcken Street, Vancouver. 604-665-2391


The Festival of Hallows offers free workshops and activities.

See Schedule below:

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