Vancouver's Lunarfest celebrates Year of the Monkey with free family event.

Dec 19 2017, 8:02 pm

Downtown Vancouver will be awash in red, gold and brown from February 12 to 14 when Lunarfest returns to celebrate the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Monkey.

Charlie Wu with Lunarfest Monkey

Image: Charlie Wu with Lunarfest Monkey

“Monkeys are known for their intelligence, wisdom and fun, so we invite everyone to bring their creativity to the festival,” said Charlie Wu, Managing Director of the Asian Canadian Special Events Association. “The Lunar New Year is a time of celebration and a chance for reflection, particularly with this year’s representative animal being closest to the human being,”

The free event at the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza features musical performances, craft activities, and Asian cuisine. The co-production between ACSEA and Harbourfront Centre also includes Chinese and Japanese fortune-telling, hundreds of life-sized monkey figurines, and the World’s Smallest Lion Dancers.

Chin Fei Feng Marionette Theatre Troupe

Image: Chin Fei Feng Marionette Theatre Troupe

“Different artists with various perspectives will be showcased at Lunarfest,” said Wu. “Reflections – What Do We See in Monkeys? is an exhibition with Canadian and Taiwanese artists that examines the relationship between humans and monkeys. A group of children from Sir John Franklin Elementary are building a Lantern Monkey that will be on display.

“Everyone is invited to come experience Lunarfest in their own way. All ages and cultures are welcome.”

Lunarfest debuted in 2009 in partnership with Vancouver 2010’s Cultural Olympiad, and has grown as a Legacy Event to include tour stops at Oakridge Centre in Vancouver and CrossIron Mills in Calgary. Festivals have also been launched in Courtenay and Toronto.

Southern Taiwan Artistic Dance Troupe

Image: Southern Taiwan Artistic Dance Troupe

Another unique opportunity at Lunarfest is the chance to adopt your very own Lunarfest monkey. Monkey reunions will be held throughout the Year of the Monkey, and you can also follow what others do around the world.

“Monkeys are crafty, curious and naughty at times,” said Wu. “Are there lessons humans can learn from monkeys? I think so.”


When: February 12 and 13 from 12:00 – 7:00 p.m., and February 14 from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.


Where: Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza (750 Hornby Street)


Admission: Free

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