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Multicultural Events for February 2015

Black History Month and VIFF Films

What: February is Black History Month! This month, celebrate Black history and culture to remember stories that may have been forgotten or untold! The Vancouver International Film Festival is showing films every Monday to celebrate this month. To read about the launch of Black History Month this year in Vancouver, click here.

When: February 1st to 28th, 2015. Films are every Monday, check out the schedule here.

Where: Films are shown at Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver.

Interwoven Stories: Textiles, Costumes, Cultures – A Multicultural Fest

What: Curated by Jean Kares and hosted by the Chinese Cultural Centre, Interwoven Stories is an exhibition of beautiful multicultural costumes and textiles lent by a variety of individuals and organizations. Don’t miss your chance to view!

When: Sunday, February 1st to Sunday, February 15th, 2015. The museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays (free on Tuesdays, $3.00 Wed-Sun for adults, $2.00 Wed-Sun for seniors and students). See more here.

Where: The Chinese Cultural Centre, 555 Columbia St, Vancouver Chinatown.

Japanese Centre Open House

What: The Centre for Japanese Research at UBC, is having an open house reception for anyone who is interested in Japan and Japanese culture. A brief gagaku (court music) will be performed at 5:00, and refreshments will be served! See more here,

When: Friday, February 6th from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm.

Where: Lobby, C.K. Choi Building, UBC, 1855 West Mall

Metis Day

What: Join UBC’s Faculty of Law’s Indigenous Awareness Week (February 3 – February 6) hosted by the Indigenous Law Students’ Association (ILSA). Jean Teillit, Metis, will be having a discussion for Metis Day. See details here.

Where: Franklin Lew Forum, Allard Hall, 1822 East Mall

When: February 6th, 12:30pm

The Orchid Ensemble Presents “From a Dream”

What: The Juno-nominated Orchid Ensemble is presenting an afternoon of music featuring the Hua Yi Choir and musicians performing on the erhu (Chinese violin), zheng (Chinese zither), and percussion. $20 for adult tickets, $15 for students and seniors. Check out more here.

Where: Pyatt Hall, 843 Seymour St, Vancouver

When: Sunday February 8th, 2015 at 2:00pm

Wing Luke Museum Submission Deadline

What: The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience is looking for written and artistic submissions for an exhibition. Share your story of how immigration has affected you, your family, or your community. Check out more here.

When: The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 15th, 2015.

Where: Please send submissions to Minh Nguyen at, or to the following address:

Wing Luke Museum
Attention: Minh Nguyen
719 South King St
Seattle, WA 98104

Lunar New Year Photo Contest

What: The Institute of Asian Research at UBC, is holding a photo contest in order to find images that best answer the question: “What does the Lunar New Year look like to you?” Prizes are available for the top submissions with the winning entry also having their photograph featured on the Institute of Asian Research’s website and in the C.K. Choi Building. See more here.

When: The deadline is Tuesday, February 17th, at 5:00pm.

Where: Email to, and look here for more submission guidelines.

Chinese New Year Day and Parade 2015

What: Chinese New Year 2015 is coming up! This year will be the year of the ram (also called the year of the goat and sheep). You are a ram if you were born in years such as 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991 and 2003. Rams tend to be known for tenderness, kindheartedness, and cleverness. They are usually artistic and creative due to their sensitivity to art and beauty, but they can also be shy, moody, or indecisive. The annual Chinese New Year parade is hosted by the Chinese Benevolent Association. Check out more here.

When: Chinese New Year is February 19th, 2015. The annual parade is February 22nd at 11:00am.

Where: The Year of the Ram Parade takes place in Vancouver Chinatown (beginning at Millenium Gate on Pender Street and ending on Keefer St).

Department of Asian Studies Lunar Festival Celebration

What: The Department of Asian Studies at UBC is celebrating the year of the sheep with music, food, and entertainment. Check out more here. The event is free and open to the public, lunch for $2.00.

When: Friday, February 13th, 2015, at 10:00am to 12:30 pm.

Where: Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall, UBC

Japanese Performing Arts Before Kabuki

What: The Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre has an upcoming Museum Speaker Series. Long before the emergence of Kabuki, there was already a long-established tradition of different performing art styles in Japan. Dancer Yayoi Hirano conducted research into Japan’s dance history from 800-1800 with a grant from the Canadian Council of Arts. She is sharing her amazing discoveries in this wonderful talk. Free admission! See details here.

When: Saturday, February 21st, 2015 at 2:00pm.

Where: 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby, BC

Lunar New Year at the Vancouver Public Library

What: In partnership with the Chinese Canadian Historical Society, contributors to Eating Stories: A Chinese-Canadian and Aboriginal Potluck share memories of family gatherings, and the smells, tastes, sounds, and textures that bring families together during this time of year. Free! See more here.

When: Saturday, February 21st, 2015, at 2:30-4:00pm.

Where: Central Library, 250 West Georgia Street, Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level

Institute of Asian Research Lunar Festival Celebration

What: The Institute of Asian Research at UBC is also celebrating the new year with music, food, and entertainment, including a lion dance performance and a Korean percussion ensemble. Check out more here.

When: Tuesday, February 24th 2015, at 11:30 am to 2:30 pm.

Where: C.K. Choi Building, UBC, 1855 West Mall, Vancouver, BC

20th Anniversary of Black History Month in Canada RSVP

What: In celebration of twenty years of celebrating Black History Month in Canada, the National Congress of Black Women Foundation is sponsoring a celebration dinner with special guest Hon, Jean Augustine, PC CM, Fairness Commissioner, Ontario. Canada Post will also be unveiling its 2015 Black History Month stamp. Contact 604-605-0124 or 604-527-0447 for reservations, tickets $45. See more here.

When: The dinner is March 15, 2015 (doors open at 3:30 and dinner starts at 5:00) but the RSVP is by February 25th 2015.

Where: 302 – 4460 Beresford Street, Burnaby

Press Start: Culture, Industry, and Innovation in Japanese Gaming

What: The Centre of Japanese Research at UBC is holding a two day conference on Japanese videogames, bringing together scholars, players, and game industry representatives for a wide variety of panels and discussions relating to Japanese gaming culture. More information can be found here and you can RSVP here. Free and open to the public!

When: Friday, February 27 2015 (9:00am-5:00pm) and Saturday, February 28th 2015 (10:00am-3:30pm)

Where: C.K. Choi #120 and UBC Asian Centre Auditorium

Celebrate Black History Month with Trey Anthony

What: The National Congress of Black Women Foundation is sponsoring a celebration of Black History Month with Gemini-award winning Trey Anthony, creator of “Da Kink in My Hair“. Tickets are $35 and can be bought online here. More information can be found here.

When: Saturday February 28, 2015. Doors Open 5:00 pm, showtime 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

Where: Studio 700 (CBC) – 700 Hamilton Street, Vancouver

Ricepaper 20.2 Submissions

What: Ricepaper, a magazine on Asian Canadian literature, arts, and culture, is accepting submissions for issue 20.2. Fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, drama, and graphic novel excerpts can be submitted. Click here to learn more.

When: Submissions are open from February up until March 15, 2015.

Where: Submit online here or send to:

Ricepaper magazine
PO Box 74174 Hillcrest RPO
Vancouver, BC
V5V 5C8

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