Light Up Chinatown! Announces Free Entertainment Line-Up for the Weekend, September 11 & 12

The Vancouver Chinatown Foundation and the Vancouver Chinatown Business Improvement Area Society (VCBIA) are gearing up to launch the inaugural Light Up Chinatown! celebration this weekend. The two-day event runs September 11 and 12, 2021 with a full slate of live performances, family-fun activities, exclusive food collaborations, and beautiful displays of lanterns and lights.

WHO: Vancouver Chinatown Foundation and the Vancouver Chinatown Business Improvement Area Society (VCBIA) invite the community to Vancouver’s Chinatown for an early Mid-Autumn Festival celebration of lanterns, live entertainment, food, and more.

WHAT: The inaugural Light Up Chinatown!, presented by RBC, happens this weekend. Interviews are available with Carol Lee, co-founder and chair of Vancouver Chinatown Foundation, Jordan Eng, president, VCBIA, special speakers, performers, and volunteers.

WHEN: Saturday, September 11, 2021 (opening ceremony at 11 a.m.) and Sunday, September 12, 2021

WHERE: Vancouver’s Chinatown, with the main stage located at Columbia Street at Keefer.

WHY: To encourage the community to reconnect with Vancouver’s Chinatown, leading up to the Mid-Autumn Festival, and highlighting the vibrant heritage and significance of the neighbourhood.


Saturday, September 11, 2021

11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Opening Ceremony with emcee Fred Lee, the Honourable Janet Austin, OBC Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia and VIP guests; lion dance by Hon Hsing Athletic Club of Vancouver; and special performance by the award-winning students of Goh Ballet

12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.Chibi Taiko, the first children’s taiko ensemble in Canada

2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.Now or Never Crew, hip-hop winners of Battle of the Year International

3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Madison Reunion Band, well-loved local band

5:15 p.m. to 6 p.m.Niña Mendoza, sought after DJ who has set the stage for Frank Ocean, Badu and Saadiq

7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.Marie Hui, singer praised for her strong, soulful voice

8:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. – DJ Kubanito, join in shaking your hips to some hot Latin music

Sunday, September 12, 2021

12 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. – International Champion Magician Rod Chow

1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. – Maestro Kenneth Hsieh performing with violinist Ken Lin

3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. – comedian Ed Hill

4:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.Bonnie Northgraves Quartet Hot jazz with a smoky twist

Ken Tsui of Here There creative studio has brought together an incredible line-up of culinary collaborations, bridging cultures together. These include:


Vancouver Chinatown Foundation’s second Taste of Chinatown, includes a self-guided culinary tour of Chinatown and features the Chinese Restaurant Awards Critics’ Choice showcasing over 25 restaurants in Chinatown.  The Chinese Restaurant Awards are the longest-running, Chinese culinary awards event in the world and the judges are sharing their favourite Chinatown eateries and dishes.

The Light Up Chinatown! festival guide includes: a Taste of Chinatown Passport, complete the passport and enter to win daily prizes from a variety of Chinatown businesses and restaurants; and a Grand Prize Chinatown Package valued at $250.

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