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bao & brew: poetry in the plaza (Sun, Sept 24)
Show solidarity against “baoing” down to unjust development in the DTES and Chinatown communities
bao and brew is an afternoon of poetry and political button making to show solidarity against “baoing” down to unjust development in the DTES and Chinatown communities.
The event is cohosted and curated by Candie Tanaka, a writer, artist, and librarian who’s been a fierce activist during the entire 105 Keefer fight.
Use your creative skills to make some political protest pins at the button making station that support grassroots initiatives working to improve neighbourhoods.
Relax and listen to local poetry while enjoying buns from Zhao Mah paired with VITA teas. Local musician Mark McLeod will provide some soothing music at the event too. There will be a open mic after the lineup.
There will be poets from the Muriel's Journey Poetry Prize, a unique poetry prize that celebrates the legacy of Downtown Eastside poet-activist Muriel Marjorie by requiring community activism by entrants as its only submission fee.
All supplies and refreshments will be provided, please bring your own chair if you can as priority will go to seniors and those with accessibility needs. This event is open to all ages!
Things to bring:
A chair if you want a guaranteed seat (Seating will be limited and prioritized for seniors and those who need it)
Water to stay hydrated
A sweater to stay warm
Fire Dragon Festival (Sept 23 to 24)
Our friends at The Fire Dragon Festival are returning Saturday, September 23 to Sunday, September 24, 2023 in Vancouver’s Chinatown decorated with resplendence, welcoming visitors old and new.
The event will bring the Chinatown community together past and present through celebration, cultural activities and performances, culinary exploration, and the appreciation of intangible heritage.
Guests are invited to come view the Fire Dragon, enjoy dragon dancing workshops, and an exciting Fire Dragon dance performance.
The Fire Dragon Festival is looking for volunteers! Help out here.
Mid Autumn Festival Celebration at the Carnegie Community Centre (Thurs, Sept 28)
On September 28th, 2023 from 10am to 3pm at Carnegie Community Centre, there will be a day of celebration and fun hosted by community organizations! At this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival celebration, there will be a variety of activities that our community members can partake in, such as a raffle, lantern riddles, tai chi, karaoke, and more. Lion dancing and Chinese orchestra performances will also be held. Enjoy some complementary dim sum and mooncakes.
Help us expand the events series to reclaim space in Chinatown!
This event series has proven that regular cultural events in Chinatown helps bring people to the neighbourhood while enhancing our connection to Chinatown’s living culture, so we’re planning to keep them going beyond September! To help us with the costs of expanding the event series, consider making a donation to the community events fund to make the events free and accessible to as many people as possible.