Monday to Saturday, 20-25 August

Artists for Conservation will showcase their annual art show of renowned wildlife artists and their new ‘Silent Skies’ mural. Top contenders for prizes for a VIBF photography contest will be on display, indigenous artists will be creating art work in Vancouver, and art workshops led by professional artists are planned around the city. Lectures by leading ornithologists, tour leaders and more are in the works.

See the Calendar for a complete list of events.



In August, 2018, scientists and bird enthusiasts from around the world will be flocking to Vancouver for the 27th International Ornithological Congress, and First Annual Vancouver International Bird Festival. We’re planning to greet them with a grand opening parade along the seawall in Vancouver's beautiful Coal Harbour. Birds on stilts! Bird puppets! Bird flags and Bird choruses, representing and celebrating local and migratory birds from our communities.

The main body of the parade will be a Bird Stilt Chorus*: a gathering of as many people on stilts as we can assemble, embodying the movements and sounds of birds that live in or migrate through British Columbia. Each will be wearing a mask and wings that identify the bird they have come to know.

In preparation for the congress and festival, we will be offering Bird Stilt Workshops in interested communities, in the spring of 2018. There will also be workshops in July and August for birds on stilts and other parade elements, leading up to the grand opening of the congress and festival on August 19.

Join the Parade!

Send us a note and let’s talk about how we can help your community create a flock for local parades, and represent your region at the big gathering next summer.

Birds on Parade! is a celebration of the importance of birds in our communities, reinforcing awareness and feelings of connection between the bird and human worlds.

contact paula jardine, parade coordinator

*We currently have a number of Raptors and Songbirds on stilts, available to make appearances at community celebrations and bird festivals.


Artists for Conservation will showcase some of the worlds best nature art at the Congress and Festival. Artists for Conservation has been engaged as the official visual arts partner to organize, curate and deliver all official programming related to visual arts, which includes AFC’s annual juried exhibit, a collaborative mural, artist demo and lecture series and an artist booth expo. AFC is theming its 10th annual festival for the purpose of supporting the Congress and Festival, and welcomes new members to join in the competitive process to participate in the visual arts component. For all programs with exception of the mural, participation is juried or will be by invitation. For more information contact the AFC (

Visual artists not affiliated with AFC and artisans can exhibit and sell their work by purchasing space in the exhibition areaIn addition, the Vancouver Park Board is planning Arts and Cultural activities around the City during the Vancouver International Bird Festival and IOCongress2018, 19 - 26 August, 2018. Opportunities to participate in these activities will be posted on the Vancouver International Bird Festival website as they become available.

The VIBF opening ceremony will begin with the fanfare "Gathering Flock". This piece was composed by Frederick Schipizky and will be played by the Vancouver Symphony Brass quintet. Enjoy a preview here:


All exhibitors are coordinated through the Congress website. For more information and to learn about how to become an exhibitor click below and we’ll be sure to contact you with updates and details!


An exciting program of music, art, lectures, films, parades, workshops, field trips, exhibits and much more are in the works. If you want to be on the program contact us.


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