Workshops

Community Celebrations

Welcome the Year of the Dragon with a colourful blend of culture, arts, and storytelling this February! Join LunarFest on Granville Island for weekends of fun with everyone.

Explore the ways we are Born to be Free as we fly through the skies of our imagination with family-friendly crafts. Try different ways of expressing our feelings as we dance and share new interpretations of what the dragon means. Take your time to wander through our first-ever arts market and connect with local artists, each with their own unique story to tell. With so many activities to choose from, may your Lunar New Year be filled with creativity and joy.

Pick a weekend or two or all three, and enjoy the festivities right by one of the beautiful The Lantern City installations. See you there and happy new year!

Tickets: $54.58

· Materials fee: $50
· Transaction fee: $4.58
· Limited capacity

Location:
Arts Umbrella, Granville Island
Dates:
Saturday, FEB 10
Sunday, FEB 11
Sunday, FEB 18
Time: 1pm - 4pm

Bamboo Lantern Workshop

Experience the beauty of bamboo at the tips of your fingers! Dive into the limitless potential of the natural world with this exclusive bamboo crafts workshop. All the way from Taiwan, Huei-Ting Tsai will teach us how to blend traditional techniques and contemporary creativity through this hands-on activity. She believes that even if traditional needs are replaced by newer mediums, the skills and characteristics of bamboo weaving can still solve the problems of modern society. 

Location:
Ocean Artworks, Granville Island
Dates:
Saturday, FEB 17
Monday, FEB 19
Saturday, FEB 24
Time: 11am - 1pm

LNY Origami Workshop

Learn how to make beautiful origami models! Origami is one of the traditional Japanese folk arts. Over the centuries it was spread from person to person and has become on important of Japanese culture. Origami is a mentally stimulating activity for all ages.

This year is the year we are all Born to be Free. Let your imagination soar through the skies without limitations! 

Aiko Matsushiba is an origami instructor, she has taught origami at community centres, libraries, and community events. Aiko enjoys teaching Origami to children and their families!

She was born in Japan and her mother and grandmother taught her how to fold Origami such as cranes and boxes.

Aiko Origami
Aiko Origami
Tickets: $54.58

· Materials fee: $50
· Transaction fee: $4.58
· Limited capacity

Location:
Ocean Artworks, Granville Island
Date:
Saturday, FEB 10
Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Celebrating through sharing culture

Celebrating through sharing culture.

Learning about each other makes us stronger and more colourful! In this collaborative art project, use your imagination and wishes for the new year to help us add to this Indigenous and Asian-inspired dragon. Stay a while and colour in your own paper dragon, sharing stories with friends old and new.

This workshop is presented with support from Vancouver International Children’s Festival.

Christine M is from the Kwakiutl Nation. She is an artist, facilitator, keynote speaker, and curator since 2009. Her mother is a MMIW and 60s scoop survivor, and Christine has been on a long healing journey to reclaim her culture and identity, and to share it with people from around the world in her work. Her goal is to uplift each individual for the amazing people they are and spread kindness by starting with being kind with yourself.

Christine M (VICF)
Tickets: $54.58

· Materials fee: $50
· Transaction fee: $4.58
· Limited capacity

Location:
Ocean Artworks, Granville Island
Date:
Sunday, FEB 11 11:00am - 1:00pm
Sunday, FEB 18 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Sunday, FEB 25 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Creativity Takes Flight

Local Latin American artist Clarissa Banos will lead a fun, hands-on craft experience for all ages. Using recycled materials, create a paper plate bird that best reflects who you are. Take some time to pick your favourite colours and pair them with accessories that tickle your fancy. Make new friends and welcome the new year with art!

Clarissa Banos is a visual artist originally from El Salvador, whose artwork focuses on traditional Latin American culture and folklore as well as in female portraiture. She is passionate about the magnificence of indigenous civilizations of the Ancient Americas and particularly intrigued by the Pre-Hispanic iconography found in ancient textiles of Mexico, Central America and South America. She moved to New Westminster, BC, in 2001, where she now lives and works as a visual artist and visual arts instructor.

Clarissa Banos
Dates:
Saturday, FEB 10
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
"šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square North of the Vancouver Art Gallery
Sunday, FEB 11
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Ocean Artworks, Granville Island
Saturday, FEB 17
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Ocean Artworks, Granville Island
Sunday, FEB 18
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Ocean Artworks, Granville Island
Monday, FEB 19
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Ocean Artworks, Granville Island
Saturday, FEB 24
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Ocean Artworks, Granville Island
Sunday, FEB 25
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Ocean Artworks, Granville Island

Leaping Dragon Workshop

Dragons are vastly different from one culture to the next. Their appearances vary greatly, their powers even more so, but there’s one thing that is the same across the many legends: 

Dragons are Born to Be Free!

This paper craft is a dragon that never stops reaching for the skies. Conquer your favourite colours, decide on how many legs your dragon has, and soar into the air with your handmade dragon! The sky’s the limit.

What kind of dragon represents the real you?

There is no wrong answer, and only one rule—be brave and be true to yourself!

Dates:
Saturday, FEB 10
12:30pm - 4:00pm
"šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square North of the Vancouver Art Gallery
Sunday, FEB 11
12:30pm - 4:00pm
"šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square North of the Vancouver Art Gallery
Sunday, FEB 18
12:30pm - 1:00pm
Ocean Artworks, Granville Island
Saturday, FEB 24
12:30pm - 1:00pm
Ocean Artworks, Granville Island

Dragon Charm of Freedom Workshop

Did you know that dragons of the East do not have wings? Dragons are mythical creatures that are related to natural elements and phenomena. They are free to go wherever they want, the sky, the water, and anywhere else—so free, they don’t even need wings!

Let’s make our own dragon charms to protect us wherever we go. Using shrink paper and your favourite colours, this keychain will surely inspire you to chase after freedom. What does it mean to be as free as a dragon?

Tickets: $54.58

· Materials fee: $50
· Transaction fee: $4.58
· Limited capacity

Location:
Ocean Artworks, Granville Island
Dates:
Saturday, FEB 10
11:00am - 1:00pm
Sunday, FEB 11
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Saturday, FEB 17
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Monday, FEB 19
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Sunday, FEB 25
11:00am - 1:00pm
Time: 1pm - 4pm

Colour the Dragon Workshop

Dragons are magic! They can fly, they can twist into funny shapes, and they can even change colours!

The scales of the dragon are something unique. Just like the colours of our skin, or our names, or our taste in food. Each one reflects something unique, like each of us standing together. Pieced together along the dragon’s graceful shape, it colours a beautiful creature like no other.

This group project uses polarize film sheets, light, and a little imagination to create dragons as majestic and bold as every one of us. Like the colourful dragons that dive through the air, we are free to change and grow.

Let’s create a dragon that represents the Canada you see around you!

Location:
Granville Island
Dates:
Saturday, FEB 10
Sunday, FEB 11
Saturday, FEB 17
Sunday, FEB 18
Monday, FEB 19
Saturday, FEB 24
Time: 11:00am - 11:30 pm

New Dragon Dance Workshop

When we think of Lunar New Year, we often think of lion dancing. The iconic costume and movements are synonymous with the joyful holiday. But is there only one kind of LNY dance?

In the Year of the Dragon, LunarFest presents something new: a dragon dance like no other! Taking the energy of the holiday and turning it into a refreshing experience that invites everyone to dance together, no matter your age, gender, or background. We are all Born to be Free—what kind of dragon dance can we create together to reflect our truest selves? A Canadian twist on the LNY tradition that includes all of us!

Workshops led by Taiwanese choreographer Enru Lin. 

林恩如 Enru Lin is a choreographer, dancer, and founder of Bourrée Studio in Taiwan. She completed her Master degree at Dance Department in Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA). She was also an exchange student in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with funding from Scholarships for Excellent Students.

She has participated in several dance companies including Legend Lin Dance Theatre, Trend Education Foundation, Jade Dance Theatre, Seed Dance Company, Lan Yang Dance Troupe…. Now she works with Ku & Dancers and her own company Bourrée Studio.  

New Dragon Dance Workshop_Enru Lin
New Dragon Dance Workshop
Location:
Ocean Artworks, Granville Island
Dates:
Monday, FEB 19
Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Heart Workshop

Explore the freedom found in nature! Come make a woven heart from sticks, ivy and twine. In the Year of the Dragon, let’s get in touch with the natural elements around us, and let our imaginations reach for the skies.

Nickie Lewis is an artist residing on the unceded lands of the Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam First Nations people, also known as Burnaby, B.C., Canada. She specializes in eco-friendly art created entirely out of natural organic materials such as cedar sticks, moss, and jute twine. She endeavors to spread joy through magical, whimsical sculptures.

Her most recent exhibitions include multiple sculptures for the city of New Westminster, large scale projects through the ArtStarts program as an Artist in the Classroom grant recipient, and an upcoming Artist in Residence for the City of Port Coquitlam.

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.