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Awakening Chinatown

May 28, 2023 @ 12:00 pm5:00 pm

On the 21st Anniversary of Asian Heritage Month, the Victoria Chinese Museum Society presents the second annual “Awakening Chinatown” event, May 28 from noon to 5 pm in Victoria’s Historic Chinatown.

This celebration of the Chinese Canadians who enrich our country’s cultural tapestry is supported by Lead Partner RBC and presented in collaboration with the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA) and local Chinatown businesses.

The lively afternoon of festivities promises something for everyone including kung-fu, dance, music, arts, and crafts. Grab a seat by the main stage to enjoy a stunning variety of performances. Or explore some of Chinatown’s diverse shops and eateries while wandering along Fisgard Street traffic-free, which will be temporarily closed for the event between Store and Government Streets. 

This year’s Traditional Celebrations include: 

  • Dotting of the Eyes ceremony to “Awaken the Lions”, an allegorical awakening of Chinatown itself,
  • The captivating rhythm and flow of traditional martial arts and lion dancing as demonstrated by the Wong Sheung Kung Fu Club,
  • The Lion Parade to bring good fortune and prosperity to the businesses of Chinatown,
  • The eternal elegance of traditional Chinese dance as performed by the Victoria Chinese Culture Club Dancers, directed by Dr. Hua Lin, 
  • Performances by the Happy Drum Group and Victoria Society of Chinese Performing Arts – Evergreen (Senior’s) Choir, 
  • House of Rice Chinese drag performers, Sunshine Fitness Group, magician Justin Louie and the Victoria Chinese Opera Club,
  • Performances by Luka Kawabata, and Alex Chen of Pacific Opera Victoria from Chinatown’s historic balconies, 
  • Opportunities for families to learn Chinese arts and crafts, play Chinese games, and enjoy demonstrations of Chinese calligraphy and fortune telling.

The event is free to attend thanks to Lead Partner RBC, Lion Sponsors Reliance Properties, Townline Homes and Nicola Wealth, Panda Sponsor Three Point Motors and Rabbit Sponsor Fairway Market.