VMF After Dark x AfroQueer YVR: BLACK RAVE


Fri Feb 17 2023 at 09:30 pm to Sat Feb 18 2023 at 02:30 am


Bentall Centre Gallery | Vancouver, BC

VMF After Dark: Winter Arts 2023 first night, the Black Rave is an ode to Black underground dance culture and music.
About this Event

VMF After Dark x AfroQueer YVR: BLACK RAVE

AfroQueer YVR is an all Black staffed organization that seeks to create safer spaces of healing, love, and celebration. The Black Rave is an ode to black underground dance culture and music, coalescing an all woman DJ line-up with taste makers of the Vancouver Drag scene.

The After Dark stage presents an opportunity to continue to elucidate their impact further giving voice to the mandate of our organization. Together we create safe spaces for Afro Diaspora to be seen, heard, and revel on the dance floor.

Allies and supporters are welcome!

Curator: AfroQueer YVR

Performers: KG Fresh, Dj Njoki, Dj Donna Dada, Dj Nea, MX Bukuru


This event is taking place as part of VMF WINTER ARTS, a free, all-ages arts festival transforming downtown Vancouver into an open-air gallery and celebration of art, lights and entertainment. The special 5-part VMF AFTER DARK SERIES will feature each night a collaboration with a different crew from Vancouver’s music and arts scene to create a unique party experience. All are welcome to join us in celebrating each of these exciting nightlife collaborations!


  • Friday, Feb 17 | AfroQueer YVR: Black Rave
  • Saturday, Feb 18 | Public Disco: Origins of House Music
  • Sunday, Feb 19 | Deep from the Underground
  • Friday, Feb 24 | Public Disco: Darker Shades
  • Saturday, Feb 25 | bside.radio Showcase

Learn more about the festival at winterartsfest.com and follow @winterartsfest for updates.


The Bentall Centre Gallery is a vacant commercial space re-imagined as a pop-up night club and arts space, located across the street from Burrard skytrain station in downtown Vancouver.

VMF events aim to be a safe space for people of all ages, genders, ethnicities, abilities, and sexual orientations.

  • Ground floor entrance from Burrard Street
  • Washrooms: Accessible bathroom on site, accessed by elevator
  • Seating Available in the venue
  • Public Transport: 1 min from Burrard Skytrain, 5 min from City Centre Station
  • Parking: Available at Indigo Vancouver Lot 101 - Bentall Pender Parkade
  • Outdoor area available for lower stimulation zone with propane heaters

Please contact [email protected] for any questions regarding accessibility.


We understand that ticketed events present a barrier to access for those facing financial barriers. It’s important that VMF After Dark remains accessible so we are offering a tiered pricing model. If you miss out on our discounted early bird tickets and are facing financial barriers, send an email to [email protected] for access to a promo code for reduced price tickets.


VMF After Dark is made possible thanks to the support of our partners: Bentall Centre, Evo Car Share, Softlanding, Red Bull.


Where is it happening?

Bentall Centre Gallery, 555 Burrard Street, Vancouver, Canada

Event Location & Nearby Stays:


CAD 0.00 to CAD 60.00

VMF Winter Arts

Host or Publisher VMF Winter Arts

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