What is VanCAF?
The Vancouver Comic Arts Festival is comprised of comics-related events, including readings, presentations, panel discussions, and a large exhibition area featuring publishers and comic authors and artists.
How much does it cost to go?
VanCAF is free to attend!
So this is in Vancouver, CANADA then?
Yes! VanCAF is held in Vancouver, British Columbia, on the west coast of Canada. The event is held in the Yaletown district, in close proximity to restaurants, shops, and waterfront parks.
We want to take this opportunity to acknowledge that our event will take place on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded Indigenous territories of the ʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations.
Unceded means that this land was never surrendered, relinquished or handed over in any way.
As guests on this Land, we are thankful and consider it a privilege to be able to be here.
What are the hours of the Festival?
10:00 AM through 5:00 PM on both Saturday May 18th, and Sunday May 19th.
How accessible is the Festival?
The event held on Friday evening at the Vancouver Public Library Central location will have ASL interpreters, and access to the library includes elevators and ramps.
The Festival itself is held at The Roundhouse, all exhibitors and events are on the same floor of the building, and entrances to the building have ramps and automatic doors. ASL interpreters will be at all panels and workshops.
Does the festival have a code of conduct, or harassment policy?
The Vancouver Comic Arts Festival exists to celebrate comics, graphic novels, and the people who make them. It is in that spirit that we aim to provide a safe and harassment-free space for creators. Since VanCAF primarily takes place at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, festival staff, volunteers, and exhibitors are all expected to abide by the Roundhouse’s Rules of Conduct.
Code of Behaviour:
Make all recreation safe and enjoyable for everyone!
Code of Conduct:
Be responsible and respectful. Play fair and share. Say ‘no’ to abuse. Be positive and encouraging. Expect the best.
Violent, threatening, abusive, discriminatory or harassing language or conduct of any kind is not allowed. Photographing, filming or video recording of Roundhouse staff and users on Roundhouse property must not be conducted without prior written approval of the Roundhouse (or of the persons being recorded). Disruptive or intrusive behaviour is not permitted.
Harassment includes but is not limited to unwanted and/or discriminatory advances, intimidation, stalking, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention or other verbal or physical conduct of a discriminatory nature.
People creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment by engaging in such conduct are unwelcome at the festival and will be escorted out.
VanCAF reserves the right to revoke attending, tabling and exhibitor privileges, including removal from the festival for any exhibitors or attendees who create an unsafe space for others at the festival.
If you feel that you are being harassed or if you see someone else being harassed, please do one of the following:
- In the event of an emergency, call 911
- Tell Roundhouse Staff
- Tell a VanCAF Staff or Volunteer (Wearing a VanCAF VOLUNTEER shirt)
- Email us at [email protected]
If you have any questions, or would like to provide feedback or input on this policy, please email us at [email protected]
How can I help? Can I volunteer or something?
Totally! Every year, VanCAF needs about 100 enthusiastic volunteers to make VanCAF happen and you could be one of them… We ask anyone interested in volunteering for VanCAF to fill out our Volunteer Application Form when it goes live in January.
Can I please apply to exhibit at VanCAF 2019?
Applications have closed and the festival is almost here! Please keep an eye on this answer when applications go live for VanCAF 2020 in the Fall of 2019.
Can I become a Sponsor?
Yes! VanCAF is very excited to work with different types of business and partners to sponsors all aspects of the festival. If you are interested in sponsoring VanCAF, or would like more information on sponsorship opportunities, please send us an email at [email protected]
I have more questions!
Please contact us at [email protected] we’ll do our best to answer your questions for you. Keep checking this page for updated information as well!