LunarFest 2019 celebrates the Year of the Pig with Chinese paintings and couture fashion pieces at Oakridge Centre

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      Those who roam through Oakridge Centre’s West Galleria will find a very regal display of couture fashion—it’s one of the ways LunarFest is welcoming the Year of the Pig this season.

      From now through February 19, visitors at the shopping mall will be able to view The Galleria of Imperial Inspirations exhibition, which showcases eight fashion pieces inspired by Italian artist Giuseppe Castiglione’s Chinese paintings during the Qing Dynasty.

      The 2018 Miss Chinese Vancouver, Alice Lin, wearing designer Grandy Chu's piece.
      Tammy Kwan

      Presented in partnership with Asian-Canadian Special Events Assocation (ACSEA), Taiwan’s National Palace Museum, and Oakridge Centre, these couture displays are designed by Canadian and international designers, including Ai Ting Ko, Grandy Chu, Guo Dong Liao, Shao Chi Lin, Wei Chi Su, and Ya Ping Kao.

      Some of Castiglione’s 18th century paintings that were a major source of inspiration for the designers include “Peacock Spreading Its Tail Feathers”, “One Hundred Horses”, and “Peace for the New Year”.

      Tammy Kwan

      “How [did] a 27-year-old Italian missionary travel to China and have such a profound and successful career as a painter?” Charlie Wu, managing director of ACSEA, said in a press statement. “Castiglione’s story really speaks to the hearts of many first generation Canadians as they settle for their new home in Canada.”

      Besides impressive high fashion, other pig-themed activities and displays will also be on hand to help ring in the new year. “The Mighty Boar”, a plump wire-framed artwork, offers colourful greetings after being fed shiny coins. All proceeds collected from this interactive structure will go toward a charity.

      Tammy Kwan

      “Hungry Pig” figurines will also be onsite, keeping up with the festival’s tradition of zodiac-themed models. Other activities such as making Pig Hero lanterns, cotton-thread pigs, and origami flowers will also be available.

      The 2019 LunarFest will also be holding various events outside of Oakridge Centre, such as the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza (February 9 and 10), where Vancouverites can check out everything from fortune telling to Lunar New Year crafts to delicious Taiwanese grub . A new Coastal Lunar Lantern installation will be on display at the Jack Poole Plaza (until February 18), which will be illuminated each night.

      Tammy Kwan

      The LunarFest Gala (February 8) will take place at the Vancouver Playhouse, showcasing singing, dancing, and stage plays inspired by the 15 days of the Lunar New Year. LunarFest will also be presenting An Accident of Love at the Centre (February 9), which is a musical that will feature more than 30 classic Mandarin-pop songs.

      The 2019 LunarFest takes place around the city through February 19. For more information, click here.

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