VANCOUVER, Jan. 10, 2014 /CNW/ - Ring in the Lunar New Year next month
by celebrating the Year of the Horse at CIBC Lunarfest at the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza.
In recognition of the Year of the Horse -- a symbol of grace, beauty,
strength and freedom - this year's festival will showcase a stallion,
mare, colt and filly in the first-ever lantern theatrical presentation.
This four-lantern-horse family will take the audience on a magical
journey to magnificent Asian palaces to discover the New Year
traditions in China, Korea and Thailand.
"The Year of the Horse not only brings back wonderful childhood memories
for many, but also reconnects our heritages to one of the most
important creatures to mankind," says Charlie Wu, Managing Director,
the Asian-Canadian Special Events Association, the organizer of CIBC
LunarFest. "We are thrilled to be able to once again partner with CIBC
in bringing this extraordinary annual celebration to the community and
provide entertainment for the entire family."
One of the highlights of the event will be a 15-foot tall Rocking Horse
to rekindle childhood memories and inspire the young to always think
"CIBC is honoured to play a role in recognizing the significant cultural
contributions of Canada's large and growing Asian community," says Mike
Stevenson, Region Head, British Columbia & Northern Territories, CIBC.
"We look forward to celebrating the Year of the Horse with our
neighbours across Greater Vancouver. Happy New Year."
As well, there will be an outstanding line-up of live performances on
stage and interactive activities, including art demonstrations, horse
lantern-making workshops, Blessings in the Sky activity to collect wishes for the sky lantern launch and photo
opportunities, to name just a few. Also enjoy the culinary delights at Dumpling Fest, among other activities at CIBC LunarFest.
CIBC LunarFest runs from Feb. 7 to 9 at the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza
in Vancouver with the sky lantern launch on Feb. 15 in the Village of
About CIBC LunarFest
CIBC LunarFest, now in its fourth year, is Canada's premier festival of
contemporary Asian arts and culture. It endeavours to reach new
Canadians and those who have been here for many generations to share in
the diversity of Canada. It also encourages and fosters the
collaboration of Canadian and international cultural presenters to
create new forms of artistic expressions. CIBC Lunarfest is a festival
that brings together soul, art and life on one stage.
CIBC is a leading North American financial institution with 11 million
personal banking and business clients. CIBC is committed to supporting
causes that matter to our clients, our employees and our communities.
We aim to make a difference in communities through corporate donations,
sponsorships and the volunteer spirit of employees. With a strategic
focus on Kids, Cures and Community, and employee commitment to causes,
including the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure,
the CIBC Children's Foundation and United Way, we are investing in the
social and economic development of communities across the country. In
2013, CIBC contributed more than $41 million to 1,870 charitable and
non-profit initiatives in over 430 communities. You can find other news
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For further information:
Judy Chu, Asian-Canadian Special Events Association, 604-838-0838, firstname.lastname@example.org
Caroline Van Hasselt, Director, External Communications and Media Relations, 416-784-6699, or email@example.com.