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One of Canada's largest art fairs returns to Vancouver next month

It'll include live art competitions and a runway event.
An artist shows off a piece of his work at a past Art Vancouver event. The massive art event returns for 2022.

Like many live, in-person events, Art Vancouver took a break in 2020 and 2021.

Now Western Canada's largest international art show is returning with a three-day event in the city's downtown. The event, which includes parties, live paintings, tours and classes, will run from May 5 to 8 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

There are also less typical events, including a runway show one night (where artists walk the catwalk like fashion models but carry their artwork to show to the crowd) and an eight-way competition that's similar to a cooking game show, with a surprise box of supplies and an unknown theme.

"Art Vancouver is an international art fair presenting over 100 Canadian and international galleries and artists, providing an opportunity to view and purchase artwork from over 15 countries under one roof," state organizers online.

A list of artists participating is online already; Vancouver is represented, along with artists from Ghana, Spain and Argentina.

Tickets for the event range from $20 for a one-day general pass to $112 for a three-day VIP pass. Children 12 and under are free with the purchase of another ticket. The show itself is open May 6 to 8, with VIP and preview events on the evening of May 5.