LUNARFEST IS WISHING YOU A PROSPEROUS, HEALTHY AND HAPPY YEAR OF THE DRAGON!
Started in 2009 and built to be a Vancouver Winter Olympics Legacy event, LunarFest is Canada’s premier presenter of contemporary expression in Asian arts and culture. It endeavours to reach new Canadians and those who have been here for many generations to share in the diversity of Canada. It also encourages and fosters the collaboration of Canadian and International cultural presenters to create new forms of artistic expressions. LunarFest is a festival that brings together Soul, Art and Life on one stage.
Built as a festival that celebrates one of the oldest traditions for many Asian cultures – Lunar New Year, LunarFest aims to collaborate with many Asian communities and outreaches to other Canadians. Since the inception, LunarFest is also built on an important artistic element for many cultures – the lanterns. Through collaborations with professional artists and school children in Canada and around the world, LunarFest has already presented Lantern Forest for 2009-2010 and Lantern Aquarium for 2011-2012.
As part of our curatorial mandate, LunarFest is dedicated to protect our environment. Different from many Asian lantern festivals, all of the lanterns created for LunarFest are using only LED lights. In addition, LunarFest also incorporates an environment awareness campaign each year. After all, celebrations should be artistic, fun, entertaining, educational and environmental.
• CIBC PAVILLON - February 1st to 5th 12:00pm to 8:00pm free
Visit CIBC Pavilion and be greeted with a variety of hot Asian beverages… be sure to get a Sea Dragon lantern hat.
• THEY BOY, THE SHARK AND THE SEA - February 1st 1:00pm – 2:00pm February 2nd to 3rd 1:00pm – 2:00pm February 4th to 5th 3:00pm – 4:00pm free
Based in Taiwan, the Taiyuan Puppet Theatre Company finds new and creative ways to enhance the traditional art of puppetry, and has performed around the world. This production, which features lessons about our interactions with the natural environment, tells the story of a boy, his tarot-root-doppelganger, a friendly shark and the community around them. Audiences will have a chance to interact with the puppets and puppeteers after each performance.
• LUNAR KIDS WORKSHOP - February 1st to 5th 12:00pm to 8:00pm free
A range of workshops will get the whole family involved in Lunar New Year traditions. Experience the magic of lantern-making, paper-cutting, traditional couplet-making and many more fun-filled activities.
• LUNAR KIDS GAME STATION - February 1st to 5th 12:00pm to 8:00pm free
A variety of fun and unique games tie the celebration. Find out what’s in store for your Year of the Dragon in the Fortune Teller Game, test your knowledge of the sea in the Red Envelope Game, and give your brain a tease in the Memory Game.
• KOREAN CHEONDOONG - February 4th 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Cheondoong Performing Arts Society (Team Cheondoong) is a government-incorporated non-profit performance organization. Team Cheondoong (translates to ”Thunder” in English) plays traditional Korean percussion music with modernistic originality. The sound of thunder is one of the most solemn, majestic sounds in nature, bearing the power to create deep emotions and strong impression in people’s heart. Through the thunderous sound of traditional Korean percussion, Team Cheondoong strives to become a cultural ambassador for Korea. Thus it is our mission to demonstrate the powerful dynamic nature and unique beats and rhythms of traditional Korean percussion music to Vancouver’s multicultural audiences, and to ultimately become a cultural bridge connecting Vancouver’s Korean community to the mainstream Canadian society.
• KOREAN POTTERY BY MASTER KIM - February 5th 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Learn from one of the best Korean Pottery Master…
• LUNAR CAFE - February 1st to 5th 12:00pm to 8:00pm
A culinary experience featuring dishes that are tied to the Lunar New Year traditions…
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