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Here’s what’s happening at Victoria’s Awakening Chinatown happening this weekend


Visitors and locals alike, you won’t want to miss this!

Leading up to this day of cultural celebration, the Victoria Chinatown Museum Society (VCMS) has released the upcoming schedule for this year’s 3rd annual Awakening Chinatown event.

It will take place on Sunday, May 26th from 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Victoria’s historic Chinatown neighbourhood—complete with a variety of different performances, arts and crafts.

“Following last year’s overwhelming response, we anticipate an even greater gathering for this year’s festivities,” said Grace Wong Sneddon, Chair of VCMS. 

“We invite everyone to experience the vibrancy and unity of our community as we celebrate the wonderful tapestry that is Chinatown.”

Events include the timeless grace of traditional Chinese dances by both youth and adult groups, vocal performers in varying styles, drumming, magicians, Chinese arts and games, demonstrations of Chinese calligraphy, fortune telling and more!

“The event brings such a vibrant energy to the oldest Chinatown in Canada and showcases many facets of the Asian communities that are in and around Victoria,” said Alex Chen of Pacific Opera Victoria.

“As a classical singer, it’s been a tremendous outlet for me to share special Chinese songs that are part of my process of connecting with Chinese culture as a second generation Canadian.”

You can view the full schedule here

The VCMS invites everyone to immerse themselves in the festivities, honouring not only Awakening Chinatown and surrounding Chinatown businesses, but Asian Heritage Month as a whole.

They’re dedicated to sharing knowledge about the Chinese community, its history and the evolving culture through the creation of Victoria’s Chinatown Museum. 

Through these celebrations and offering of education to the broader community, they also celebrate the stories of the Chinese Canadian pioneers and honour Victoria’s Chinatown, which is the oldest remaining Chinatown in North America and has been designated as a National Historic Site.

Awakening Chinatown

  • Where: In and around Chinatown
  • When: Sunday, May 26th from 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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