June 5, 2023


Arts Eternal

New Chinese cultural and culinary festivals launch to illuminate Vancouver’s Chinatown

Even though summer season festivities may well be coming to an conclusion, a blend of new and regular cultural gatherings are set to invigorate not only the changeover into the autumn year but also a historic neighbourhood in Vancouver.

There are two new Chinese festivals, both based in Vancouver’s Chinatown, that will supply an array of arts and enjoyment, training, culinary explorations, and a lot more.  

Thinking about that during the early stage of the pandemic, Vancouver’s Chinatown was one of the main targets throughout a surge in anti-Asian attacks, coupled with fiscal worries developed by constraints, these new celebratory situations will assist to revitalize curiosity in the neighbourhood, present alternatives for cross-cultural appreciation, and affirm Asian Canadian presence in the city—all of which can provide hope and a feeling of renewal as we continue on to arise from the darkness of the past year.

Here’s an overview of what is on offer.

Vancouver Chinatown Foundation

Prior to the annual Mid-Autumn Festival (see beneath), a new celebration is established to illuminate a historic neighbourhood in Vancouver.

The to start with-ever Light Up Chinatown!, cohosted by the Vancouver Chinatown Basis and the Vancouver Chinatown Business enterprise Enhancement Place Culture, will be held this weekend (September 11 and 12) showcasing a lineup of musical performances, meals gatherings, entertainment, visual displays, and much more that span over and above Chinese society.

The two-working day celebration kicks off with an opening ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday (September 11), that includes a lion dance and a efficiency by Goh Ballet.

A key stage at the intersection of Columbia and Keefer streets will present performances by singer Marie Hui, hip-hop dancers Now or Never Crew, DJs Niña Mendoza and Kubanito, children’s taiko team Chibi Taiko, the Bonnie Northgraves Quartet, the Madison Reunion Band, and maestro Kenneth Hsieh with violinist Ken Lin.

eaucoup Bakery x Chinatown BBQ’s Peking duck croissants
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A quantity of cross-cultural collaborations will be showcased in foodstuff offerings, this kind of as:

  • Peking duck croissants from Beaucoup Bakery and Chinatown BBQ
  • all-working day dim sum and cocktails from Kam Wai Dim Sum with the Keefer Garden
  • DD Mau’s Saigon Saturday Cocktail and a Sunday brunch.

The food element is by now shaping up to be a runaway hit as two culinary events—a multi-study course Cantonese dinner paired with natural wines by Jade Dynasty with Juice Bar, and a Sunday brunch from Bao Bei, Kissa Tanto, and Nancy Go Yaya—have presently bought out.

Chinese Cafe Awards

In conjunction with this festival, the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation’s 2nd Flavor of Chinatown is also getting offered.

It’s a self-guided culinary tour of Chinatown, which covers about 25 advisable eateries in the spot as selected by the Chinese Restaurant Awards Critics’ Selection.

Total particulars are readily available at the Gentle Up Chinatown web page.  

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This year, the standard Mid-Autumn Pageant, which is also known as the Mooncake Festival, will be held on September 21.

Those who want to find out extra about this once-a-year celebration of the moon as perfectly as the Cantonese language can attend a two-component on the net party from the Vancouver Public Library.

The to start with session, from 6 to 7 p.m. on September 15, will offer casual Cantonese language lessons for novices, offered by Justin Cheng, an honorary assistant curator of the history museum at Queen’s University in Hong Kong.  

Then on September 22, Wongs’ Benevolent Affiliation vice-president Jeffrey Wong will educate contributors how to make a standard pomelo lantern, which is akin to a jack o’lantern.

This second session is getting offered all through the new Fireplace Dragon Competition (see under).

For far more information, stop by the VPL website. 

Hearth Dragon Competition

Adhering to all of these activities will be one more new pageant.

The inaugural Fireplace Dragon Competition and Noodlelicious Competition will celebrate the Fire Dragon from September 24 to 26 for the duration of the Mid-Autumn Festival.

This new competition draws on a Hakka tradition originating in Hong Kong from in excess of a century in the past that consists of generating a dragon out of straw and incense and dancing for many days in get to banish misfortunes.

In addition to hearth dragon dance workshops, a fire dragon demonstration, and art installations, the competition will include things like mid-autumn elements, this kind of as lantern producing, mooncake demonstrations, and moon gazing.

There’ll also be Chinese opera, storytelling, mahjong, and much more.

In the meantime, the Noodlelicious Festival will showcase Chinese noodles at participating dining places throughout Chinatown.

It is all staying offered by the City of Vancouver’s Chinatown Legacy Stewardship Group’s Society and Heritage working group, alongside with the Vancouver Chinatown BIA Society, the Dr. Sunlight Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Backyard, the Chinese Cultural Centre, and the Chinatown Culture Heritage Creating Association.

Even more information and facts is accessible at the pageant internet site.

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