Cultural Calendar

A colourful Asian ensemble of grace and beauty.

A colourful Asian ensemble of grace and beauty.

It can be hard to beat the post-holiday blues, but luckily there’s no shortage of fun events to take part in. Immerse yourself in French-Canadian food and culture during the French-Canadian Winter Festival, or ring in the Lunar New Year at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. If you’re a fan of Bob Marley and Fela Kuti, look no further than Afrikan Soldiers, a performance by local groups Kárà-Kátà Afrobeat Group and the East Van Reggae All Stars, to celebrate their music and have some fun.

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MOV Presents: An Evolutionary Look into Vancouver Street Photography
Until Jan. 26
Museum of Vancouver
1100 Chestnut St., Vancouver

Four contemporary Vancouver photographers examine and respond to Foncie Pulice and his body of work in this exciting and evocative photographic exhibition, presented in collaboration with Vancouver’s Capture Photography Festival. The artists whose work will be shown include Lincoln Clarkes, Brian Howell, Angela Fama and John Goldsmith.

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Come Soar Over China
Jan. 17–Mar. 2
201 – 999 Canada Place,


For a limited time, experience Flight of the Dragon, a new flight ride experience never before seen in Canada, and FlyOver Canada back-to-back for the regular FlyOver admission price. Follow a mythical dragon as you soar over some of China’s most spectacular landscapes and then stay seated and take off again to experience FlyOver Canada, a thrilling flight ride that takes you from east to west across Canada. Both rides incorporate state of the art special effects including wind, scents and mist.

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BC Wines - sip and kick back. | Photo courtesy of Runaway Grape.

BC Wines – sip and kick back. | Photo courtesy of Runaway Grape.

Runaway Grape’s British Columbia Cozy Autumn Sipping
Jan. 17–Mar. 1
8901 Stanley Park Dr., Vancouver

This is the time of year to cozy up by the fireplace and indulge in some hearty wines and hors d’oeuvres, and what better opportunity is there to do so than at RunawayGrape’s BC Cozy Autumn Sipping? Come to taste and learn more about BC’s world-class wines on an expertly guided tasting journey.

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Shen Yun
Jan. 23–25
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
630 Hamilton St., Vancouver

An extraordinary journey across 5000 years of Chinese civilization, Shen Yun will transport you to another world. This spectacular show features classical Chinese dance and martial arts, a live orchestra, dazzling costumes and animated backdrops.

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Vive les Voyageurs
Jan. 25–26
23433 Mavis Ave., Fort Langley

During the French-Canadian Winter Festival, experience for yourself the rich French-Canadian culture that has made Fort Langley so vibrant. Taste French-Canadian food, try finger-weaving, sing a voyageur song and participate in other cultural activities.

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Afrikan Soldiers: The Music of Bob Marley and Fela Kuti
Jan. 31
2205 Commercial Dr., Vancouver
(upstairs at The Legion)

For Vancouver’s first Black History Month of 2014, come join the Kárà-Kátà Afrobeat Group and the East Van Reggae All Stars at The Afrika Shrine to celebrate the music of Bob Marley and Fela Kuti. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door, with a $2 discount for students and seniors, and are available at Zulu, Highlife, Beat Street, Vinyl and Neptoon Records (also known as African Arts Percussion). There will be complimentary African food included with every ticket.
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Mural in Progress
Jan. 17 (evening), Jan. 18–19 (most of the day), Jan. 24 (evening),
Jan. 25–26 (most of the day)

Sunny Hill Health Centre (Children’s Hospital)
3644 Slocan St., Vancouver

Come and see the artist at work – Travis Wagner will be finalizing a colourful jungle-themed mural he is painting as a volunteer to brighten sick children’s visits.


A friendly mural to encourage sick children.


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Graffiti Hack
Feb. 8, 7–11 p.m.
The Landing
375 Water St., Vancouver

Join your friends and get your hot-off-the-press copy of Graffiti Hack: A Novel, a story of the cultural clash between East and West told through the viral language of the Internet. The author, Elen Ghulam, will be available to sign books, answer questions and give a short reading from the book.