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2018 Mid-Autumn Moon Festival: Music Under the Moon

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2018 Mid-Autumn Moon Festival: Music Under the Moon



September 21, 2018
5:30 pm

September 21 @ 5:30 pm

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden invites you to serenade under the moonlight with local musicians and artists at the 2018 Mid-Autumn Moon Festival!

At last year’s festival, we introduced visitors to the Four Arts of the Chinese scholars (music, Chinese chess, calligraphy, and painting). Going forward, we will be featuring one of the arts at each year’s celebration—beginning with music.

In Chinese culture, music is seen as an expression of the perfect harmony between the Earth, human beings, and the heavens above. Under the celestial and transcendent power of the moon, many ancient Chinese scholars composed music and poetry that united families and friends. At the 2018 Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, you will get to experience the connection between music and the moon, whose eternal nature inspired Chinese artistic tradition. Come along with your friends, family, and loved ones to sample mooncakes, release wishing lanterns, and enjoy the various musical activities and performances celebrating the second largest festival in the Chinese calendar.


Music Performance by the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble | 5:45–6:15 pm
Join Chinese instrumentalist Jirong Huang (erhu) and other members of the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble for a moving musical performance.

Chinese Musical Instrument Petting Zoo | 6:30–7:00 pm
Learn how different Chinese instruments work with the members of the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble. This hands-on activity is designed for children, but curious adults are also welcome.

Music Performance by VSO Azalea Chinese Ensemble | 6:30–7:00 pm
Enjoy a live Chinese musical performance by the Azalea Chinese Ensemble from the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music.

Music Under the Moon Contest | 8:00pm–9:30 pm
Watch the two finalists of the Music Under the Moon Contest vie for gold! Vote for your favourite performer, and help determine the winner of the contest.

Mooncake Demo | 6:15–6:45 pm, 7:00–7:30 pm, 8:00–8:30 pm, & 9:00–9:30 pm
Learn how to make mooncakes and sample the festive delight.

Magic with Rod Chow | 7:15–7:45 pm
Prepare to be charmed as the popular Rod Chow performs his award-winning magic tricks.

Gong Fu Cha Tea Tasting | 5:30–6:30 pm & 7:00–9:30 pm
Enjoy a cup of tea served in the traditional Chinese way, and learn about the art of tea tasting from one of the garden’s tea presenters.

Hanfu Photo Booth with Guzheng Music Performance| 5:30–9:00 pm
Have your photo taken with members of the Hanfu Club, who will be dressed in the traditional outfits of the Han Chinese people, and enjoy guzheng musical performances by Sandy Qi.

Drum Decoration | 5:30–9:00 pm
Purchase and paint a hand-held spinning drum, and get inspired by the unique music and instruments featured in the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival.

Early Bird Tickets*: $8 General | $7 Seniors/Students | $16 Family** (plus tax and processing fees)
Tickets: $10 General | $9 Senior/Student | $20 Family (plus tax and processing fees)
Free for Garden annual pass holders*** and children aged 5 and under

* Early bird ticket sales end on Sunday, September 16 at 11:00pm.
** A family ticket includes 2 adults and 2 youth aged 6-17.
*** Garden annual pass holders please show your pass upon entry.