The Lunar New Year falls on Friday, February 16 and since it’s the Year of the Dog, that calls for big lunar celebrations.
LunarFest is Canada’s premier presenter of contemporary expression in Asian arts and culture which began back in 2009, built to be a Vancouver Winter Olympics Legacy event. Since then it has extended to other areas in BC and Ontario where it brings soul, art, and life together on one stage.
This year marks the fourth year the festival is teaming up with Vancouver’s Oakridge Centre, to celebrate the Lunar New Year in style and high fashion. From Wednesday, February 7 to Sunday, February 25, you can go along to the centre and marvel at these art installations.
Lanterns of Blessings
Lights and lanterns play a huge role in a number of Asian traditions and many people believe that claiming lights of various numbers and positions will bring you good fortune for the year to come. This year, you can take a stroll through a path adorned with 888 lanterns at ‘Lanterns of Blessing’ located in the West Galleria. The stunning installation has been created by Taiwanese-Canadian artist Jessica Sung, with graphics designed by Taiwanese designer Mina Lu which combine the concepts of sky lanterns, incense, and divine blocks used in fortune telling and communicating with the deceased.
The installation is inspired by the tradition of writing prayers and blessings on sky lanterns, particularly as seen in the Pingxi region of Taiwan. And when you walk through the pathway, it’s an opportunity to wash away the past and welcome a fresh new year, and you can even reserve your own lantern via LunarFest.
The Perfect Year of the Dog
In many cultures, the number 10 has a connection to wholeness and perfection. And during this year’s LunarFest, you can visit the East Galleria at Oakridge to marvel at the canine beauty of 10 fully golden dogs. Designed by Taiwanese-Canadian artist, Jessica Sung, each golden dog was sculpted in Taiwan.
The concept of using the ten postures is to convey dogs’ use of body language in their unique relationship with humans. While the postures are a common everyday sight for the average dog owner, the co-evolutionary history between dogs and humans has led to our (humans) being conditioned to evoke strong and sometimes complex emotions at the sight of them. And having the dogs sculpted in gold is not only to celebrate the Lunar New Year, but also to celebrate the simple yet priceless symbiotic relationship that Sung has created. In addition, it aims to inspire strong, positive emotions. So make sure you take a snap with the dogs to capture all the luck you can for the year ahead!
For more information visit LunarFest at the Oakridge Centre now.
When: February 7 to 25
Where: Oakridge Centre – 650 West 41st Avenue
Daily Hive is a proud media sponsor of LunarFest 2018