TaiwanFest 2018: Downtown Vancouver comes alive with the cultures of two independent Pacific island nations
TaiwanFest is back this Labour Day weekend—and it's brought a Pinoy flair.
That's because the annual festival is celebrating the linguistic and cultural ties between two Pacific island nations: Taiwan and the Philippines.
In fact, the stretch along Granville Street north of Dunsmuir has been dubbed the Pinoy Block.
Today, the Bibak of British Columbia dance troupe entertained the crowd with their joyful routine.
Members are related to the Igorot people, which is an Austronesian ethnic group in the mountains of Luzon. They're related to Indigenous people in Taiwan.
In the 600 and 700 blocks of Granville, there were plenty of booths celebrating Taiwanese culture, both locally and overseas.
And on the north side of the Vancouver Art Gallery, there was a performance by the Auba Rukai Children's Choir.
All the singers are from an Austronesian Indigenous group in Taiwan.
All events are free—though you'll have to pay for the Taiwanese food and for beverages in the beer garden outside the Art Gallery.
Below, you can see some other photos from TaiwanFest today.