On Friday night, in front of a large crowd at the corner of Granville and Robson, Mayor Robertson helped kick off LunarFest. As part of the Cultural Olympiad, LunarFest is Canada's "premier presenter of contemporary expression in Asian arts and culture." The launch event was at the site of the popular Lantern Forest, where a portion of Granville Street is covered with lanterns designed by school children from Taiwan and Canada.
"The Lunar New Year is always a time of community celebration in Vancouver, and this year, the Year of the Tiger, is even more special because we are also hosting the world for the 2010 Winter Games," said Mayor Robertson. "I’m thrilled that one of the busiest areas in the downtown core will be adorned with beautiful lanterns for Lunarfest from now until the end of the Games."
LunarFest runs from Janaury 22nd to February 28th at the 700 block of Granville at Robson, and February 9-28 at Richmond City Hall Plaza in Richmond. To learn more about LunarFest, click here.
Photo credit: Joshua Berson