5 ways to celebrate Year of the Pig at LunarFest Vancouver 2019

Jan 30 2019, 6:36 pm
FEATURED EVENTS IN VANCOUVER

LunarFest, one of Vancouver’s largest Lunar New Year Celebrations, is making its return to the city.

The festival will include a number of events held over several different locations in Vancouver, to help usher in the Year of the Pig.

Here’s a quick look at the different events you can check out for LunarFest 2019:

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The Galleria of Imperial Inspirations

Oakridge Centre and the National Palace Museum in Taiwan are pairing up to present “The Galleria of Imperial Inspirations.” The exhibitions and activities at the mall will be centred around tradition, fashion, imagination, celebration, and inclusion, as well as the artistic vision of “saving the moment.”

In addition to fashion inspired by a number of famous Chinese paintings, families and children can enjoy performances and craft-workshops, as well as the chance to take home hand-held lanterns of their own.

Where: Oakridge Centre – 650 W 41st Avenue, Vancouver
When:
January 29 to February 19, 2019

The Mighty Boar

The Mighty Boar is an extension of the Galleria that will be taking place at Oakridge Centre. The large wire-framed and interactive structure is created by the Taiwanese sculpture artist Yi-Lun Yao.

The Mighty Boar will be offering glittery greetings to all guests, but only after being fed. All the money collected by the exhibit will also be given to a charity in need. Patrons will also be able to collect “LunarFest pets,” a selection of figurines available at Oakridge Centre.

Where: Oakridge Centre – 650 W 41st Avenue, Vancouver
When:
January 29 to February 19, 2019

Coastal Lunar Lanterns

The Asian-Canadian Special Events Association has created an iconic installation for Lunar New year. From January 30 to February 18, eight gigantic lanterns will be set up and illuminated every night at the Jack Poole Plaza, using the mountains and water as a backdrop.

The lanterns were designed by three artists from Coast Salish Nations, as well as an indigenous artist from Taiwan, and celebrate an important aspect of Lunar New Year tradition.

Where: Jack Poole Plaza – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
When:
January 30 to February 18, 2019

The LunarFest Celebration

The LunarFest Celebration will take place from February 9 to 10 at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Visitors can expect performances, food, crafts, and their unique exhibit, “The Universe of Piggy Banks.”

Visitors will also have the chance to pick up Pig Hero Lanterns. Artist Yen-Chun Lu has created twelve different designs of lanterns to represent twelve different cultures. Each lantern has been designed with a QR code that connects to a variety of good causes.

Where: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
When:
February 9 to 10, 2019

The LunarFest Gala

The Metro Vancouver Overseas Taiwanese Society and the Asian-Canadian Special Events Association will be hosting the 2019 Lunarfest Gala: “Celebrate with Taiwan” at the Playhouse Theatre.

The event includes singing, dancing, and stage plays to showcase Taiwanese Lunar New Year traditions to Canadian audiences, with proceeds being donated to a local charity.

Where: The Vancouver Playhouse – 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
When:
February 8, 2019

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