This September, the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation and the Chinatown Business Improvement Association invite the whole community to Light Up Chinatown! The inaugural, two-day event runs September 11 and 12th, 2021, featuring a variety of family-friendly activities along East Pender and neighbouring streets – from live entertainment, exclusive food collaborations, to glittering displays of lights and lanterns.
“The past year and a half has been particularly devastating for Chinatowns around the world,” says Carol Lee, co-founder and chair of Vancouver Chinatown Foundation. “Our goal for Light Up Chinatown! is to encourage people to reconnect with Vancouver’s Chinatown, especially leading up to the Mid-Autumn Festival. The lanterns and lights are beautiful beacons, highlighting the vibrant, cultural history this special neighbourhood continues to hold and represent.”
The two-day event kick-offs on Saturday, September 11, 2021 with an opening ceremony at the main stage on Columbia Street at Keefer at 11 a.m. From there, attendees can join in on a variety of live festivities, including a performance by Goh Ballet, live music, magic show by Rod Chow, and food tastings while exploring shops around Chinatown for unique, specialty offerings.