Public Disco was founded to bring new life to under utilized public space thanks to an initial investment from the City of Vancouver's VIVA Refresh program. We now work with partners such as brands, business associations and festivals to produce events in a range of unconventional urban spaces from plazas and laneways to converted industrial buildings.
Our goal is to continue finding innovative ways to present local arts and culture in the public realm. Through this process we seek to help people rethink what’s possible in public space. This medium is a powerful tool to break down barriers of social interaction and bring diverse groups of people together to enjoy music and dancing side by side.
While dance music has surely evolved, it's important to remember where it comes from. Electronic music stems from a struggle for space and acceptance. In the late 60s and early 70s discotheques emerged as safe haven for marginalized groups such as blacks, latinos and lgbtq+ folks to connect and express themselves without fear of persecution. These spaces began as private members-only clubs but over time the counterculture made it’s way out of the underground, influencing mainstream culture and paving the way for the development of house, techno and other forms of modern dance music that we know today.
We aim to honour this colourful history by creating a space that celebrates queer identity, encourages vibrant self-expression, showcases a diverse array of artists and provides low barrier opportunities for the public to enjoy music and dancing side by side. While the format of our events is different from the discotheques of yesterday, its core elements of love, happiness, expression and acceptance shine bright in everything we do.