Year of the Dragon


2024. 2. 9

Until Lunar New Year's Eve

Born to be Free

Do cultural symbols represent identity or the limits of it? Is it a reflection on our civilization, or a search for a sense of belonging? Do we only want to tell the stories of the past, or do we hope to create stories for the future?

Traditionally, the dragon symbolizes authority and nobility. After being passed down from generation to generation, what is the essence of the dragon’s spirit? The powerful beast as we know it has become symbols that people take pride in, from warding evil to maintaining balance. Under the shadow of the preconceived dragon, do we feel truly free?

If dragons really exist, if they can really guide our future, if they can represent a community standing strong, if they can give people a sense of belonging… then perhaps the most meaningful way to welcome the Year of the Dragon is for everyone to reimagine that free-flying dragon, soaring through a world where everyone can truly be themselves.

Find LunarFest at these locations
Feb 10 & Feb 11

šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square

North of the Vancouver Art Gallery
750 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7

Starting Feb 09

Granville Island

Ocean Artworks Pavilion
1531 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9

Feb 13, 7:30pm


601 Smithe St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5G1
Starting Feb 05

Pendulum Gallery

885 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2G2

Lunar New Year at VIFF

School Outreach

What is the School Outreach Program?

LunarFest School Outreach Program aims to encourage students in learning about the diversity in their environment. Through our craft workshops, we are inspiring creativity and sharing stories. 

Every year, LunarFest brings arts and culture into classrooms. While the Lunar New Year is typically celebrated by Asian cultures, we believe the more the merrier. Using fun, interactive activities, we ask students to think about the stories they grew up with, and be curious about the stories of their friends and neighbours. 

In the Year of the Dragon, let’s use our hands and imagination to create a society where everyone is Born to Be Free!

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Come Visit

The Lantern City

Jack Poole Plaza ·
Pendulum Gallery ·
šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square (North of the Vancouver Art Gallery)
Granville Island, Ocean Artworks Pavilion

LunarFest Vancouver is grateful to be held on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam Indian Band), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish Nation), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation). We acknowledge our privilege to be gathered on this land, and commit to work with and be respectful to the Indigenous peoples whose cultures and stories inspire us to bring communities together.