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Spells for Chinatown, May 27

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Spells for Chinatown, May 27



May 27, 2021
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

May 27 @ 4:30 pm 5:30 pm

Spells for Chinatown is a 2-tiered celebration of Asian Heritage Month

We are thrilled to partner with Dumb Instrument Dance and a roster of talented artists in an installation that sends healing prayers and good vibrations into the world.

We invite you to visit Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and join us at either 4:30pm or 5:00pm for a 30-minute time slot to move about, meditate and to share in conjuring a little outdoor magic.

This is a free event and there is a limited capacity of 10 guests for each time slot.

Multiple areas of the Garden will be animated through incantations of movement and music.

The Garden’s primary entrance has been relocated to Keefer and Carrall St, right across from S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Simon K.Y. Lee Senior Care Home.

Imagined and Produced by Dumb Instrument Dance

in partnership with:

Dr. Sun Yet Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Barking Sphinx Performance Society

Powell Street Festival

Sawdust Collector


May 6

Cellist Peggy Lee

Dancers Justin Calvadores, Ziyian Kwan, Sarah Wong

May 13

Taiko artist Kage

Dancers Ziyian Kwan, Kelly McInnes, Rianne Svelnis

May 20

Cellist Peggy Lee, Taiko Artist Kage.

Dancers Justin Calvadores, Shion Skye Carter, Ziyian Kwan

May 27

Taiko artist Kage

Dancers Ziyian Kwan, Kelly McInnes, Rianne Svelnis

Due to current health guidelines, we are unable to provide beverages, however guests are encouraged to bring a bottle of water with them from home.

For more information, please email us at


  • Please provide ticket confirmation email at the door;
  • Although masks are not mandatory, we highly recommend wearing one. If necessary, we can provide a disposable one;
  • If the time slot is fully booked, please pick another entry time;

A digital edition of Spells for Chinatown is created in collaboration with videographer and composer Joseph Hirabayashi to be released in late May 2021.

Spells For Chinatown Video:

Composer and Videographer: Joseph Hirabayashi

Concept: Dumb Instrument Dance with dance artists: Justin Calvaderos, Shion Skye CarterMarisa GoldZiyian KwanSarah Wong

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded lands of thesəl̓ilwətaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsleil-Waututh),Skwxwú7mesh-ulh Temíx̱w (Squamish),andxʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam)nations.

As an organisation whose mandate is the promotion of cultural sharing and education, we are grateful to have the opportunity to work in this territory, and recognise the continuous need to listen and learn from those who have, and continue to, call Vancouver home.