Asia & Pacific Folk Masks Exhibition

Presented by the Canadian Society for Asian Art Carter-Harmon Collection

September 28 – November 6 | 10am – 4:30pm Daily
Entrance Included in Admission

Exhibit Reception: Saturday, October 8

The folk masks from Asia & Pacific Rim regions were collected mostly from shops, street stalls and maker’s studios. A diverse range of masks, some dating from the late 1800s were collected during visits to the Americas, Northern and Southern Asia, Oceania from the 1960s onward.

The energence of Asia & Pacific Rim cultures and economies in recent decades have had a dramatic impact on the society of British Columbia and the rest of Canada. The exhibition will, hopefully, contribute to better communication with, and understanding among, our Asia & Pacific neighbours.

Masks selected for the exhibtioin reflects a wealth of form, symbols, materials, dimensions and creative inventiveness. Included are masks that were paraded in street festivals and others used in religious processions. Some were used in traditional storytelling theatre and dance, often celebrating the seasons, harvests, and other special occasions. Certain mask reflect social and political realities, often taking on the role of social moderator or representatives of order and justice.

The exhibition provides a glimpse of the unlimited expression and beauty of Asia & Pacific masks and may contribute to the continuation of the traditional and the creation of new ones.

Pipers Air Supply
Presented by Vancouver Chinese Instrumental Music Society
& Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Sunday, October 9 | 7:30 pm
Tickets | $15 general/$10 student & senior | 604 662 3207
Info | 604 683 8240

The Vancouver Chinese Instrumental Music Society and the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden will be presenting the fourth collaborative concert for the Around the World series named Pipers Air Supply. Building on previous programs, this production will showcase pipes from cultures found in Vancouver and also celebrate the Garden’s 25th anniversary.

The evening’s music will be led by our musical director Jirong Huang on erhu. He will work with Chinese suona Master Zhongxi Wu, Jianmin Pan on the Chinese dizi and guest musician Michael O’Neill on Highland pipes accompanied by the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble. Together, they will display an array of techniques and skills ranging from traditional folk to improvised new music. The concert will be emceed by renowned linguist Dr. Jan Walls.

Suona & Sheng -Zhongxi Wu
Bagpipes -Michael O’Neill
Erhu – Jirong Huang
Dizi -Jianmin Pan
Pipa – Guilian Liu
Ruan – Zhimin Yu
Gu Zheng – Wei Li
Dr. Jan Walls as Master of Ceremony

Formed in 1989, the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble is the first professional Chinese Instrumental music group established in Canada. This versatile group embraces the popular and the traditional music of China as well as western classical and contemporary fine art performed with Chinese instruments. Their approach is transformative in nature as each project incorporates innovative collaborations between their ensemble and artists contributing to this creative milieu. New music is created from the eclectic arrangements presenting Chinese instruments in a new light with each performance.