A Chinatown Celebration (February – March 2013)

In February and March 2013, the Victoria Symphony and a collection of dedicated arts and culture institutions in Victoria collaborated on A Chinatown Celebration, a series of exibitions and events that showcased the history of Canada’s oldest Chinatown.


Friday, March 15, 8:00 pm @ McPherson Theatre

Tania Miller, conductor / Terence Tam, violin

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.

Tickets are $20.

Thursday, March 14, 8:00 pm @ McPherson Theatre

Enjoy the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble and the Victoria Cultural Club Dancers in a special joint performance, presented by the Victoria Symphony. Pre-concert activities includ a Chinese Tea Ceremony performed by Silk Road Tea.

Events & Exhibits

Saturday, February 2 @ Golden City Restaurant

Join the Chinatown Lioness Club for this celebratory banquet to usher in the New Year.

Sunday, February 3, 2:30 pm @ Victoria Conservatory of Music

See a traditional lion dance, exquisite Chinese costume fashion show, Chinese dancing and music at this celebration you won’t want to miss.

Sunday, February, 10 @ 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.

Celebrating Chinees Culture in Victoria

February 1 to March 15, 2013

Drop by the Central Branch for an exhibit of photographs from the BC Archives, or join us for a variety of Chinese New Year programs for families through the network.

Harmonious Interest: A Celebration of Victoria’s Chines Heritage

Maltwood Prints and Drawings Gallery at the McPherson Library, University of Victoria

February 1- May 13, 2013

An exhibition of material from the University of Victoria Art Collections and UVic Archives that is associated with the early days of Victoria’s Chinatown.

Traditions and Felicities: Celebrating 155 years of Victoria’s Chinatown

February 7 – September 29, 2013

Historic records, artifacts and video interviews with local Chinese-Canadian elders tell the story of what life was like in Victoria’s Chinatown and how Chinese New Year was celebrated from 1930 to 1950.

Tea Treasures

February – March, 2013

For a unique opportunity to experince rare and exquisite Chinese teas served in authentic traditional styles, Silk Road will be serving a selection of Chinese Tea Masterpieces.

February, 2013

This special exhibition illustrates the lives of early Chinese Canadian sailors and passengers on the Canadian Pacific Passenger Liners.


Discover the past through the historic walk led by historian John Adams. www.discoverthepast.com