The Garden offers visitors an exciting series of curated public programs all year round. They include major festivals, art exhibitions, tours, tea ceremonies, book readings, health and wellness workshops, concerts, performing arts and special events, for all ages and interests. Here is a selection of highlights in 2014:
Year of the Horse Temple Fair (February 2, 2014)
Every year, on the same day of the Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown, the Garden presents a special event called Temple Fair. It is a “hot and noisy” public celebration that’s based on the traditional Chinese Spring Festival temple fair where people entertain, trade, greet and celebrate. Enjoy traditional games, delicious food, tea ceremony, live music, and cultural learning at the fair. Come with family and friends to wish each other fortune, prosperity and good health.
Entrance by donation. Suggested: $5. All welcome.
Mid-Autumn Moon Festival (September 2014)
The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden will host the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival to celebrate the second biggest holiday in the Chinese calendar. This is an annual family festival that is perfect for all ages. There will be music, storytelling, games, kids crafts; the creation of a community lantern; and of course Moon cakes. The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival will be held at the Garden in September.
Winter Solstice Secret Lantern Festival (December 2014)
Come together with friends and family to bring back the light to Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year! Warm your bellies with our signature Dragon Spice holiday tea and a delicious hot bun, and warm your hearts with the breathtaking landscape and glowing lanterns. Lantern artists reimagine the beauty of the Garden with whimsical and spectacular pieces while diverse performers take the stage throughout the evening. Add your personal touch by getting involved with the Community Lantern too!
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
As your heart and mind relax, energy renews.
Yoga in the Garden (July – August, 2014)
Come experience a real treat for the mind and body! Yoga in the Garden is a weekly yoga classes held at the Garden in the summer of 2014. Relax, meditate and stretch while being surrounded by four classic Chinese elements of harmony: rocks, water, plants and architecture. Let the perfect balance of yin and yang restore your energy at the end of your work/study day.
Taiji Programs (all year)
Taiji is a form of internal Chinese martial art, practiced for its well-known health benefits. It’s a low impact exercise you can practice individually at your own intensity level, while each movement also contains martial applications suitable for partner work.
Call Derek Cheng 604-298-5889 for registration and information on these 2 popular classes:
1. Yang Style 24 Form Taiji (Beginner Taiji)
Cost: $60.00/month plus Garden membership
The Simplified Yang Style Taijiquan (Tai Chi Ch’uan), also known as the 24 Form, combines slow, steady movements and mental focus to increase balance, strength, awareness & Qi (energy) flow. In this course, through practicing the 24 Form, basic principles of taiji will be explained, including alignment of the body, moving between stances, resting into your own body structure, and others. An ideal course for all beginners.
2. Taiji Gong Fu Fan (Intermediate Taiji)
Cost: $60.00/month plus Garden membership
This form was created as part of China’s bid for the 2008 Olympics, and was performed at the Tian An Men square by 2008 practitioners. It combines movements from both internal and external styles, and is a fun and beautiful form to practice and perform.
The fan is regarded as a short weapon, and is often used to emphasize the “scholarly” aspect of Chinese martial arts. It has gained popularity among taiji practitioners due to its gracefulness, and the unique use of sound effects to emulate the use of power (fa-jin). Experience with the 24 Form is required. Fans are available at $15 ea.
Enchanted Evenings Concert Series: Fridays, July – August 2014
Enchant your evenings with the critically acclaimed concert series at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden every Friday night starting July 2014 through August. In 2014, the 21st edition of the Enchanted Evenings series introduces exciting new groups along with your favorite performers. Awaken your senses with the vibrant sounds and dazzling dances, and book you Friday nights to celebrate this unique blend of cultural diversity!
Monthly Art Exhibitions
Art is the living and breathing essence of our Classical Chinese Garden. It connects culture, sparks creativity, and pushes boundaries. From paintings, drawings, photography, experimental videos, outdoor site-specific installations, we showcase artworks that embody elements of Chinese culture, traditional and new. We collaborate regularly with local arts organizations and artists to produce engaging and inspiring art projects. Please visit our calendar to view exhibition schedule.
SPECIAL ANNUAL PREMIER EVENTS
Evening in the Garden Fundraising Gala (August 2014)
Experience Vancouver’s downtown oasis in the evening, taste specially created dishes, sip on delicious drinks, bid on our silent auction, and be entertained by musicians and circus performers – all for a great cause! This event is our major fundraising event of the year. Funds raised will enable us to continue to develop our school and community educational programs and maintain this unique living treasure for years to come! In 2014, the gala will be held in August. Tickets must be purchased in advance (information coming soon).
SUMMER FAMILY FUN
May 1 to August 31
- Catch us feed our koi fish every day at 11:45am with a gong;
- Get “touchy feely”: artifact stations and family activities (Mon-Fri 12:30pm & 2:30pm);
- Go for a neighbourhood adventure: take a personalized tour of Chinatown (Mon-Fri 11am & 2pm, meet at Garden entrance);
- Get a free foot massage: walk barefoot on our warm pebbled courtyard;
- Smell the moss in the Scholar’s Courtyard. You may be surprised by what you discover!