Celebration ’90 Gay Games III & Cultural Festival was held August 4th to 11th, 1990 in Vancouver. It brought together participants from 27 countries — about 7,300 athletes competing in 27 sports. Celebration ’90 was the first Gay Games to be hosted in Canada and was the largest up until that point. The sporting events and accompanying cultural festival brought heightened awareness to the city's LGBTQ2 community and their issues.
The Celebration '90 fond was donated to VIVO's Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive by the official videographer of Gay Games III, Mary Anne McEwen. We secured a grant in 2017 to digitize Stage 1 of the collection. You can now browse over thirty hours of rare video footage online at vivomediaarts.com/archive.
We are now fundraising for Stage 2 which will double the amount of historic footage online and preserve this vulnerable media archive. We will also be adding an oral history segment if funding allows.
Please help us save this important piece of Vancouver LGBTQ2 history.
VIVO would like to thank our Community Media Partner, Daily Xtra.