Mayor launches Vancouver’s 125th anniversary celebrations

January 18, 2011 | Arts and Culture

Mayor Gregor Robertson today launched Vancouver’s 125th year-long anniversary celebrations by announcing a series of exciting cultural events and celebrations. The celebrations coincide with Vancouver’s designation as a Cultural Capital of Canada this year.

"Vancouver 125 is an exciting year-long celebration of arts and culture that will showcase our vibrant creative communities and the tremendous diversity of our city," said Mayor Gregor Robertson. "This year we once again get to show the world all the reasons why Vancouver is an international hub of creativity and cultural expression by exploring our past and celebrating our future as a City. During 2011, Vancouver will be the place to be for arts and culture."

To mark the day on which Vancouver was incorporated, the City will hold a free Birthday Live event on April 6 at Jack Poole Plaza. July 8 through 10, 2011, the Summer Live event will showcase Vancouver’s vibrant arts scene through a free, multi-stage celebration in Stanley Park.

In addition to the Birthday Live and Summer Live events, Vancouver 125 is supporting the work of cultural organizations which will present events, exhibitions, festivals and other artistic projects throughout the anniversary year.

The Mayor made the celebration announcement at the opening of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is a stellar example of why Vancouver’s cultural community is renowned nation wide for innovation and artistic excellence.

Vancouver 125 also includes community events that bring opportunities to explore Vancouver’s history, diversity and innovative cultural scene in neighbourhoods across the city. Information on events, blogs, photos, videos and social media for Vancouver’s 125th anniversary will be available at:


Photo credit: Kris Krug