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January

Pancouver Cover Story

2024/1/19 - Volume 2 - Issue 5

Choreographer and dancer Cherish Menzo is unafraid of addressing big ideas—including post-humanism and Afro-futurism—in her newest work. Or, for that matter, the landmark Haitian Revolution in 1804.

These subjects all surface in DARKMATTER, which Menzo will perform with dancer Camilo Mejía Cortés at this year’s PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.

School Outreach - Online

2024/1/22 - 2024/02/08

LunarFest School Outreach Program aims to encourage students in learning about the diversity in their environment. Through our craft workshops, we are inspiring creativity and sharing stories.

Every year, LunarFest brings arts and culture into classrooms. While the Lunar New Year is typically celebrated by Asian cultures, we believe the more the merrier. Using fun, interactive activities, we ask students to think about the stories they grew up with, and be curious about the stories of their friends and neighbours.

February

Pancouver Cover Story

2024/2/06 - Volume 2 - Issue 6

Vancouver artist Leanne Lai Hildebrand doesn’t think of herself as a painter. However, she is still able to create colourful and evocative landscapes and flower scenes through a 1,000-year-old Japanese art form called chigiri-e. And her pieces certainly look like watercolours.

In an interview with Pancouver, Lai Hildebrand explains that in Japanese, chigiri means “torn paper” and the e at the end refers to “painting”. So it literally translates to torn-paper painting.

Art Installation

2024/02/09 - 2024/02/29

Luna is a magical moon dragon. She is 10 feet long, 4.5ft wide, and 7 feet tall. She is created entirely from organic and biodegradable materials. Luna glows at night just like the moon above. Unlike some dragons, Luna doesn’t like to hoard jewels or gold.

Luna likes to hoard wishes! She eagerly awaits your visit so she can add your wish and spread her magic.

Art Installation

2024/02/09 - 2024/02/29

Inspired by the moon, this series incorporates the twenty-four solar terms of the traditional Chinese calendar and decorative window grilles to create beautiful lanterns to welcome a brilliant new year. The designs follow the four major solar terms: Beginning of Spring, Beginning of Summer, Beginning of Autumn, and Beginning of Winter. Flowers and plants can be seen growing through the Asian-style grilles. Can you spot the moon? She is also depicted in the relative positions of the moons during the above solar terms.

Films

2024/02/16 - 2024/02/18

Lunar New Year is a time to gather with family and friends, sharing good times and looking forward to another year together. What better way than to come together for a movie?

In many Asian cultures, Lunar New Year is an extended holiday—the perfect time to take the family out to the theatres for some goofy classics. This year, we invite all of Vancouver to join us in giving this tradition a very Canadian twist!

Art Installation

2024/02/09 - 2024/02/29

This Lunar New Year, take a walk down to Cardero and Robson, and remember to look up. The Gift of Life installation lights up bamboo fish within the trees, allowing them to swim free in the skies. Through this important symbol, we hope to bring together the warm well-wishes of both the Asian communities and the Coast Salish peoples, as well as everyone who may pass through the streets of Vancouver.

School Outreach - Onsite

2024/02/12 - 2024/02/16

LunarFest School Outreach Program aims to encourage students in learning about the diversity in their environment. Through our craft workshops, we are inspiring creativity and sharing stories.

Every year, LunarFest brings arts and culture into classrooms. While the Lunar New Year is typically celebrated by Asian cultures, we believe the more the merrier. Using fun, interactive activities, we ask students to think about the stories they grew up with, and be curious about the stories of their friends and neighbours.

Pancouver Couver Story

2024/2/06 - Volume 2 - Issue 7

Shortly before a global pandemic shook the world, there was a charming Lunar New Year display at Jack Poole Plaza in Vancouver. LunarFest Vancouver unveiled its first annual Coastal Lunar Lanterns exhibition, featuring Indigenous designs on huge cylinders near Coal Harbour.

That year, LunarFest Vancouver featured the works of Musqueam artist Thomas Cannell, Tsleil-Waututh artist Zachary George, and Stó:lō Nation artist Carrielynn Victor.

March

Pancouver Cover Story

2024/3/11 - Volume 2 - Issue 8

There’s a scene of utter normality very early in the film Tautuktavuk (What We See). Two Inuk sisters, Saqpinak (Carol Kunnuk) and Uyarak (Lucy Tulugarjuk), go grocery shopping by themselves in different parts of Canada. Saqpinak is at the Co-op in Igloolik, a snow-blanketed hamlet in Nunavut close to the Melville Peninsula. Her sister is in snowy Montreal.

April

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July

Persian master

Pancouver Cover Story

2023/07/19 - Volume 1 - Issue 15

Revered Iranian-born artist Parviz Tanavoli likes telling stories through his sculptures and paintings. In a major survey of his work at the Vancouver Art Gallery, curator Pantea Haghighi vividly demonstrates this in discussing the first piece, Fallen Poet. The shimmering ceramic sculpture represents the legend of Farhad the Mountain Carver. He fell in love with an Armenian princess, Shirin, in the Sasanian court of King Khosrow II.

August

TAIWANfest

2024/08/31 - 2024/09/02

Aiko Tomi

Pancouver Cover Story

2023/08/01 - Volume 1 - Issue 16

Toronto musician Aiko Tomi exudes an untamed creative energy in a recent music video. Wearing black cat ears, a Fendi crop top, a heavy dangling chain, and black knee-high platform boots, she prowls across the screen in “Animal’s Awake”. The title track on her latest album is from the gaze of a boldly physical woman enjoying a wild night out after the pandemic lockdown. But when Tomi speaks to Pancouver over Zoom, she has set aside the glam look.

Dungi Sapor

Pancouver Cover Story

2023/08/16 - Volume 1 - Issue 17

DJ Dungi Sapor straddles two worlds in her music video for “I Ho Yan”. Traditional and spiritually rich Indigenous vocals are interspersed with a pulsating electronic beat. The same video juxtaposes images of Dungi in her Amis regalia in the forests and along the coastline of Taiwan alongside her as a thoroughly modern DJ in a flashy nightclub.“I Ho Yan” is a modern remix of a traditional Indigenous song from past New Year’s festivals.

September

Hope Talk

2023 Vancouver TAIWANfest

2023/09/02 - 2023/09/04

When the Dutch East India Company (VOC) left Taiwan in 1662, 38 years of Dutch Colonization forever changed the island and its people. Four hundred years later, Taiwanese people still have mixed emotions when it comes to the identity of Taiwan. Yes, the Dutch are long gone, but where are the Taiwanese going?

Niki Sharma

Pancouver Cover Story

2023/09/02 - Volume 1 - Issue 19

Niki Sharma knows that she has benefited enormously from her parents’ sacrifices. Rose and Pal Sharma immigrated from the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh in the 1970s to build a new life in B.C.’s Elk Valley. Sharma’s mom raised four daughters in the small community of Sparwood; her dad worked at a local coal mine for several years. “He was laid off when we were quite young,” Sharma tells Pancouver over Zoom.

October

Jade Music Fest

Pancouver Cover Story

2023/10/14 - Volume 1 - Issue 21

Daniel Lew didn’t set out to be a professional singer-songwriter. Sure, he loved strumming on the guitar after being exposed to this instrument as a nine-year-old at Nestor Elementary School in Coquitlam. Later, as an undergraduate kinesiology student at Simon Fraser University, Lew became serious about composing his own music. “It got to the point where I almost dropped out of my degree just to become a songwriter,” Lew tells Pancouver over Zoom.

Jade Music Fest

2023 Jade Music Fest

2023/10/18 - 2023/10/21

Jade Music Festival is a global music industry conference being held in the beautiful city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. JMF’s inaugural year (2022) goal is to present a majority of Chinese language artists from Canada, in the hopes of giving the Chinese language speaking Canadians the representation and equal opportunities in the Canadian and international music industry they very much deserve.

November

Jade Music Fest

2024/11/06 - 2024/11/09

Jade Music Festival is a global music industry conference being held in the beautiful city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. JMF’s inaugural year (2022) goal is to present a majority of Chinese language artists from Canada, in the hopes of giving the Chinese language speaking Canadians the representation and equal opportunities in the Canadian and international music industry they very much deserve.

December

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The Society of We Are Canadians Too is grateful to be held on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam Indian Band), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish Nation), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation). We acknowledge our privilege to be gathered here, and commit to work with and be respectful to the Indigenous peoples of this land while we engage in meaningful conversations of culture and reconciliation.

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