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TOMORROW: Dance party of the year to celebrate 10 years of resistance in Chinatown + more events
Party time to celebrate you and community in Chinatown!
The 105 Keefer piñata’s prepped, cake ordered, and slippers ready. The Chinatown Dance Party of the year is happening this Saturday to celebrate you, community, and our 10 years of collective resistance against Beedie’s gentrifier 105 Keefer condo development.
What to expect:
Cheeky anti-gentry carnival games like smash 105 Keefer piñata, slipper slap bad vibes to practice some intangible cultural heritage, and other secret hilarious games you need to show up to see for yourself
Film screening of late community activist Sid Chow Tan's films of Chinatown activism (start time ~8:30 or 9pm)
"Eat 105 Keefer" cake (actual delicious Chinatown-sourced cake)
Dim sum dinner
Nostalgic childhood snacks and drinks from Chinatown (think Yakult and VITA)
We need your help to setup the event! Come early to the Memorial Plaza at 5:30pm to help us set up.
Give the Mic Back to Chinatown: Comedy + Open Mic + Karaoke (Sun, Sept 17 2-5pm)
Have you ever wondered what various Chinese diaspora really think about Chinatown? Well now you get to know with comedy!
We’re excited to partner with UniCome, a grassroots Chinese Queer Feminist collective, on the first comedy event at the Chinatown Memorial Plaza to Give the Mic Back to Chinatown.
Join us on September 17th from 2 to 5 PM at the Chinatown Memorial Plaza for an engaging program that features stand-up comedy performances in Mandarin, Cantonese, and English, an open mic session, and karaoke.
Your Gain Wah Block Party Photos Needed
Do you have photos from the Gain Wah Block Party last week? Our friends from The Gain Wah Project are looking for your photos! Upload them here:
baos and brew: poetry in the plaza (Sun, Sept 24 1-3pm)
Curated by candie tanaka, 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.
Use your creative skills to make some political protest pins at the button making station that support grassroot 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 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.
Fire Dragon Festival (Sat, Sept 23)
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.
More Community Events
Accessible Lion Dance Workshop for Seniors and Disabled Community Members with Yarrow (Sat, Sept 16)
New events calendar here!
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.