The Victoria Symphony is pleased to present A Chinatown Celebration, a month-long festival recognizing Victoria’s historic Chinatown. See an oral history of Chinatown in the 1930’s at the Royal BC Museum; take part in Chinese New Year celebrations in Chinatown; or make a lantern at the Greater Victoria Public Library.
Events and exhibitions will start on February 1st, and the festival will conclude with the Victoria Symphony concert Tam Plays Butterfly Lovers Concerto on March 15, 2013.
A Chinatown Celebration is made possible by a generous grant from an anonymous donor through the Victoria Foundation, and by an Innovations grant from the British Columbia Arts Council.
Chinese New Year Banquet at Golden City Restaurant
Chinatown Lioness Club
Join the Chinatown Lioness Club for this celebratory banquet to usher in the New Year.
A Harmonious Celebration
Victoria Conservatory of Music
February 3, 2:30 pm
See a traditional lion dance, exquisite Chinese costume fashion show, Chinese dancing and music at this celebration you won’t want to miss! Visit http://vcm.bc.ca/calendars/chinese-new-year/ for details.
Celebrating Chinese Culture in Victoria
Greater Victoria Public Library
February 1 to March 15, 2013
The Greater Victoria Public Library will be celebrating Chinese culture from February 1-March 15, 2013. Drop by the Central Branch to see a display of historical photographs that celebrate the lives of Chinese Canadians in BC, join us for a variety of Chinese New Year programs for families throughout the system, take in a film about Harling Point, find out the secrets of Chinese poetry, attend a Mandarin storytime or follow our riddles on twitter. Check http://www.gvpl.ca for booklists and program details or call 250-413-0388 for more information.
Harmonious Interest: A Celebration of Victoria’s Chinese Heritage
Maltwood Prints and Drawings Gallery at the McPherson Library, University of Victoria
February 1 to May 13, 2013
This exhibition contextualizes aspects of the history of the Chinese people who first came to this city in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Harmonious Interest draws on the archival and artistic holdings of the university with a selection of material from the Consolidated Chinese Benevolent Association. This association, founded in 1884, is a key community anchor and advocate for the Chinese in Victoria. Other important social, religious and cultural organizations such as the Chinese Freemasons Association (1876), the Tam Kung Temple of the Yen Wo Society (1911) and the Chinese Public School (1899) are represented in photographic collages by artist Robert Amos. The important work of Dr. David Lai (Geography, UVic), known for his role in the revitalization of the buildings of China town and the Gates of Harmonious Interest, as well as other scholarly studies on Chinese communities in British Columbia are also referenced. As a whole, this exhibition is intended to show the role of some of these key organizations in community building and advocacy for Chinese people in Canada. Visit http://uvac.uvic.ca/#section0-4 for more details.
Tradition in Felicities: Celebrating 155 years of Victoria’s Chinatown
Royal BC Museum
February 7, 2013 to September 29, 2013
This special exhibition showcases the transpacific history of BC and Victoria Chinatown’s important role in that history. On display is a rare Chinese Freemason’s lantern, dated between the 1910 and 1930. The lantern reveals early-twentieth-century Chinese Canadian’s transnational links and sophisticated Chinese cultural upbringings. The lantern is undergoing conservation. Video oral histories with elder’s recount life in Victoria Chinatown and Chinese New Year celebrations between 1930 and 1950. The oral histories will include clips from Dr. David Lai, Canada’s Mr. Chinatown, and four families who had businesses and lived in Chinatown. http://www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/MainSite/
Lion Dance and Parade
February 10, 12 noon
Join the Wong Sheung Kung Fu Club for a traditional Lion Dance to welcome the Year of the Snake, followed by a parade and kung-fu demonstration.
Silk Road Tea
Ongoing February to March, 2013
Silk Road will be serving a selection of Chinese Tea Masterpieces for a unique opportunity to experience rare and exquisite Chinese teas, which are normally unavailable outside of China. These “tea treasures” will be served in authentic traditional styles, including the performance of the Chinese Tea Ceremony. Produced in small quantities at artisanal tea estates using traditional, organic growing and processing techniques, these are among the most rare and precious teas in the world, some worth more than their weight in gold. Silk Road is very pleased to share these unique ultra-limited edition teas in celebration of 155 years of Victoria’s Chinatown.
Chinatown History Walk
Discover the past through this historic walk led by historian John Adams.
Floating on the Margins: Chinese Life on the Canadian Pacific Passenger Liners
The Maritime Museum of BC
Opens February 28, 2013
With items from the Maritime Museum and UBC’s Chung collection, this special exhibition illustrates the lives of early Chinese Canadian sailors and passengers on the Canadian Pacific Passenger Liners. http://mmbc.bc.ca/
An Evening of Traditional Chinese Music and Dance
March 14, 8 pm
Enjoy the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble and the Victoria Chinese Cultural Club Dancers in a special joint performance, presented by the Victoria Symphony. Pre-concert activities include a Chinese Tea Ceremony performed by Silk Road Tea. For tickets, call 250.385.6515.
Tam Plays Butterfly Lovers Concerto
March 15, 8 pm
The Chinatown Celebration culminates in the world premiere of Chan Ka Nin’s Harmonious Interest, a work of symphonic theatre on the Chinese immigrant experience, and Terence Tam performing the Butterfly Lovers Concerto. Pre-concert activities include a lecture about the Chinese immigrant experience from Dr. David Lai and a Chinese Tea Ceremony performed by Silk Road Tea. For tickets, call 250.385.6515.