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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

November 5, 2022, 9:00 PM

The Prop Master's Dream Matinee

Wah-Kwan Gwan (1929-2000) was born to a Chinese father and an Indigenous mother in BC. As a child, he lost contact with his mother when his father took him to Guangdong, China and sent him to train as an apprentice with a local Cantonese Opera troupe. He eventually sneaks off on a steamship bound for Vancouver, in search of his true identity and his birth mother. Along the way, he encounters discrimination, unexpected friendships, and a rekindled love for the opera that embraces him as a master of his art. A bilingual Cantonese-English production, open to all ages. Date: November 5th, 2022 (Saturday) Time: 2 p.m. Venue: Annex Theatre, 823 Seymour Street, Vancouver, B.C. Ticket Price: $35, $45

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November 6, 2022, 2:00 AM

The Prop Master's Dream

Wah-Kwan Gwan (1929-2000) was born to a Chinese father and an Indigenous mother in BC. As a child, he lost contact with his mother when his father took him to Guangdong, China and sent him to train as an apprentice with a local Cantonese Opera troupe. He eventually sneaks off on a steamship bound for Vancouver, in search of his true identity and his birth mother. Along the way, he encounters discrimination, unexpected friendships, and a rekindled love for the opera that embraces him as a master of his art. A bilingual Cantonese-English production, open to all ages. Date: November 5th, 2022 (Saturday) Time: 7p.m. Venue: Annex Theatre, 823 Seymour Street, Vancouver, B.C. Ticket Price: $35, $45

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Past Events

August 27, 2022, 10:00 PM

Chinatown Sings!

Join us for a lively sneak preview of two new operas exploring Chinatown's history, including CHINATOWN by City Opera Vancouver and The Prop Master's Dream by Vancouver Cantonese Opera. Drop in early (3-5 PM) for a free live costuming demo by Vancouver Cantonese Opera, followed by a conversation with Charles Barber (COV) and Rosa Cheng (VCO), the creators of two opera productions (one Western, one Cantonese) illuminating the stories of racism and resilience in Vancouver's Chinatown. Each company will then share a live performance from their upcoming operas (5-6 PM, ticketed). 3 - 5 pm: Cantonese Opera Costuming Demo, CSC lobby (free) 5 - 6 pm: Speaker presentations with live performances, CSC theatre (ticketed $5, free for CSC members) Limited seats, get your tickets on Eventbrite soon!

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Vancouver Chinatown Festival 20th Anniversary

Artisans & specialty market, cultural performances, food trucks, AR scavenger hunt, family movie night, special access passes & much more. July 16 & 17 Festivities from 11am

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July 16, 2022, 5:00 PM

Multicultural Connections

Featuring diverse food, music and performances from around the globe

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Cantonese Opera In The Cloud "An Imperishable Love" on May 14, 21, 28 and Jun 4 (Saturday)

Free Virtual Event: Cantonese Opera In The Cloud "An Imperishable Love" on May 14, 21, 28 & June 4, 2022 (Saturday) between 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm (PST). Vancouver Cantonese Opera was the only Cantonese Opera company invited to be one of the Cultural Olympiad partners in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. "An Imperishable Love" was premiered for this special event on March 8, 2008. Click the link below for pre-registration.

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May 7, 2022, 8:00 PM

Cantonese Opera Extravaganza

Join Vancouver Cantonese Opera for an exhibition of Cantonese opera costumes and props, watch live demonstration of Chinese opera makeup, and try on water sleeves.

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March 23, 2022, 2:00 AM

Divine Threads: Cantonese Opera in Vancouver

Originating in Southern China’s Guangdong Province, Cantonese Opera (粵劇) is a traditional Chinese art form that involves music, singing, martial arts, acrobatics, and acting. This popular and performative art flourished in Vancouver’s Chinatown in the 1920s and has seen renewed interest due to the continued preservation of its history. Join us for a visual presentation, a discussion, and a sneak peek of how Cantonese Opera is made!

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