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January 17, 2017

Coming Home: Traditions of Chinese New Year Exhibition 萬家團圓:春節傳統展

Coming Home: Traditions of Chinese New Year

Jan. 17 – Feb. 24 | 10am – 4pm
Included with admission, free for Garden members

Family is at the core of Chinese New Year, and the rituals and customs of this traditional celebration are expressed through colourful symbols and lively stories that awaken the senses. The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden presents its first full Garden exhibition, Coming Home: Traditions of Chinese New Year, to connect you with the practices of one of the oldest and grandest observances in Chinese culture, the lunar new year Spring Festival. With interactive and educational displays throughout the Garden, you will learn about the meanings behind important cultural practices and how they have endured from antiquity to today.

Be immersed in an experience centered on four major themes of Chinese New Year: decorating, eating, connecting and celebrating. Engage in a diverse array of installations such as the traditional New Year’s Eve family feast, Chinese papercut imagery designed by local artists for Coming Home, an altar table with symbolic foods that you can sample, educational panels, and installations for guests to share their cultural new year memories and more.

The Garden will also host its annual festival, this year we celebrate the Year of the Rooster Temple Fair on Sunday January 29. Come enjoy arts and crafts, demonstrations of tai chi and traditional music and participate in age-old traditions such as scaring away evil spirits with a lively lion dance and receiving lucky red envelopes from elders.

The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden would like to thank May Y. Wong for her generosity and support in funding this exhibition and its related programming. 

May’s contribution furthers our endeavour to engage people in intercultural appreciation and allows the Garden to work directly with the local Chinatown community and Vancouver’s creative industry. 


Start: January 17, 2017 10:00 am
End: February 24, 2017 4:30 pm

March 4, 2017

Voices in the Smoke: Chinese Wood-Block Prints by Carol Potter Peckham

Presented by the Canadian Society for Asian Arts and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Voices in the Smoke: Chinese Wood-Block Prints
by Carol Potter Peckham

Exhibition: March 4 – April 8, 2017
Opening Reception: Sat. March 4 from 1:30-4:30pm

Voices In The Smoke is an exhibition of Chinese woodblock prints that reveal a compelling three thousand year old story of the confidence and faith of the many people of China who believed in calling upon their ancestors and powerful and benign gods to improve their lives. Historically, people lived in hard and challenging times and the spiritual world acted as protectors from the threats of natural disaster, precarious physical conditions, and the difficulties of daily life. The wood block images printed for this exhibition are examples of the pantheon of gods and deities worshipped. The Chinese sent their prayers, pleas and petitions to the deities and loved ancestors in the spirit world to grant safety from harm and to bring good health and good fortune.

The wood blocks were found in an antique market in Beijing and painted by Ms. Potter Peckham. Some of the surviving blocks used to print this collection were finely carved by skilled craftsmen but the majority are quiet rustic and brought to market by peddlers and farmers from towns and villages. They survived many years of damage and destruction including the Cultural Revolution, used as firewood, and being re-carved for other purposes. Originally printed on small sheets of paper these requests to the spirit world were burned with incense and carried upwards in the smoke.

Art Exhibition Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Chinese Art Exhibit Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Start: March 4, 2017 9:00 am
End: April 8, 2017 4:30 pm

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