The Lantern City Lunar New Year in Vancouver

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Collaborating with Eastside Arts Society, Indigenous artists, Asian Canadian artists, and more, The Lantern City installations for the Lunar New Year return to four sites around Vancouver in February.

The Lantern City - Miss604 Photo
The Lantern City – Miss604 Photo

The Lantern City Lunar New Year in Vancouver

In the Year of the Dragon, The Lantern City (as part of LunarFest Vancouver) encourages everyone to see beyond the familiar and imagine a community where we are all Born to be Free. With multiple lanterns spread across various iconic sites in the city where diversity shines, be sure to see these beautiful artworks by artists of different cultural backgrounds. Visit these stunning installations at the following locations:

Coastal Lunar Lanterns
Location: Jack Poole Plaza
Dates: February 9-27, 2024
Participating Artists: Atheana Picha; Cyler Sparrow-Point; Debra Sparrow & Isaiah Sparrow; Ali Istanda

Facing the waters, the Coastal Lunar Lanterns bring cultures together to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Featuring Indigenous artists from this area now known as Vancouver in a collaboration with C3 Society, and an Indigenous artist from Taiwan, the artworks are a physical and beautiful bridge across the oceans.

We Are Family
 šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (North of the Vancouver Art Gallery)
Dates: February 9-28, 2024
Participating Artists: Damian John; Kristina Luu; Odera Igbokwe; Rashmi Tayagi; Jerry Whitehead; Studio 101 / Eastside Arts Society; Richard Hunt

A place that witnesses gatherings year round from people of all backgrounds, experiences, and ideas, this is the perfect place for our We are a Family lanterns. 

Forever Young
 Ocean Art Works (Granville Island)
Dates: February 9-26, 2024
Participating Artists: Anita Ho; Sara Khan; Weiwei Xu; Seeroro; Studio 101 / Eastside Arts Society

Returning to Granville Island, the Forever Young lantern series captures the joy of our inner child. With bright colours that re-inspire our imaginations, a sense of the magical and the whimsical, these artists show us the sky’s the limit!

Location: Pendulum Gallery (885 W Georgia St, Vancouver)
Dates: February 5 – March 1, 2024
Participating Artists: Leanne Lai Hildebrand

Facing the streets and right across from the We are a Family lanterns, Pendulum Gallery is joining The Lantern City lineup for the first time. The works of a Taiwanese Canadian artist will take us through cultural practices, identity reinvention, and new ways to view art. Discover how visual art allows us to truly be free with this free exhibition.

Read more about the artistic direction of The Lantern City this year for the Year of the Dragon and follow along on Instagram and Facebook for more information.

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