Lunar New Year and The Lantern City

January 17, 2022

CMHC-Granville Island, in partnership with the Asian Canadian Special Events Association, brings The Lantern City to Granville Island!

"Forever Young" Lanterns: Jan. 29 - Feb 21, 2022 at Ocean Artworks, Granville Island 

In 2019, a group of Indigenous artists embraced the idea of celebrating the Lunar New Year tradition in the form of Coastal Lunar Lanterns, a collaborative project between LunarFest Vancouver and Destination Vancouver.  Now in its third year, with Granville Island’s support, the Asian Canadian Special Events Association will be creating and curating six unique large-scale lanterns that will be installed in the outdoor courtyard of the Ocean Art Works Pavilion, to mark the Lunar New Year.

Celebrating Lunar New Year, the event also honours reconciliation as, from its inception, Lantern City is a bridge between the Indigenous cultures of Canada and the most significant tradition in Asian culture. Coming to Granville Island in the spirit of Together, Stronger, the “Forever Young” lanterns will feature 6 artists, including special guest, Indigenous artist Jody Broomfield (Squamish Peoples, Coast Salish), as he tells the story of Indigenous children, along with featured artists Pacake Taugadhu (Rukai Peoples, Taiwan); Heather Sparks (Canadian); Danvic Briones (Filipino-Canadian); Charlene Johnny (Quw'utsun, Coast Salish) and Cirque du Soleil, ensemble from French Canada. 

Feature artist Jody Broomfield 

Jody Broomfield is a two time Public Award of Excellence recipient and a proud artist of the Squamish Nation, Coast Salish Peoples. He has been on his creative full-time journey since 1999 and enjoys working with the mediums: carved wood, etched glass, etched stone works, fabricated metal sculptures, jewelry gold & silver, graphic design, painting and prints.

Forever Young  

From the organizers, “Granville Island is a place of creativity, where many residents of Vancouver have fond memories of childhood tied to its colourful setting, so the local theme is “Forever Young”.

Children are fountains of creativity, with imaginations sprawling farther than their arms can reach, providing us with a refreshing perspective on how, together, we can build better communities for brighter tomorrows. Under the collective youth theme, individual artist pieces have been inspired by imagination, transformation, Indian Residential Schools, conservation efforts and cultural expression.” 

Honouring

On September 30th, 2021, we observed the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day is dedicated to the Survivors of the residential schools, and honours the children who never went home. The recent discovery of unmarked graves at these schools reminded us all that the violence of the past continues to affect the present. As Canadians, we wear orange on September 30th to remember the children lost and to ensure that no more children will be forced to endure such tragedy again.

Ocean Artworks 

The former carving shed of Bill Reid, Ocean Artworks is an outdoor covered pavilion located between Ocean Concrete and the Public Market.  

COVID 

Please follow public health guidelines when visiting the installations; stay masked and practice social distancing to protect yourself and others. Thank you for your cooperation.