2017 Chinatown Banner Design Revealed


February 6, 2017


Winnipeg, Manitoba – The Year of the Rooster will be as bold, bright and positive as the winning design in the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ and Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Centre Chinatown Banner Competition. Last night at the Chinese New Year Banquet at Kum Koon Garden, the winning design from the 2017 Chinatown Banner Competition was officially unveiled, introducing the new and original design that will be displayed along some of Chinatown’s busiest streets.

Eighteen new banners – to be installed within the next week – will be displayed in Chinatown, showcasing vibrant art to celebrate the year and the Chinatown district. The winning designs are mounted on poles surrounded by Main Street, Princess Street, Logan Avenue and James Avenue.

2017 Banner

Banner design by Asagi Funahashi, Landscape Architecture and Urbanism student.

First time banner designer, Asagi Funahashi, is pleased that her banner design was selected to welcome residents and visitors to one of her favourite districts in Winnipeg.

“As a student studying Landscape Architecture and Urbanism, one of my goals is to work with people to help create vibrant communities,” says Funahashi. “My inspiration comes from a memory of seeing colourful and vivid temples and traditional dresses that I’ve seen while travelling through China some years ago. I truly enjoyed learning about Chinese traditions and the history of Chinatown in Winnipeg through the design process.”

Of the 54 entries received this year, the jury was thrilled to select the winning Year of the Rooster banner for its vibrant colours as well as symbolic and engaging imagery. The winning banner was inspired by the traditional paper-cut art form. The vivid colour scheme was based on the five elements – wood, fire, earth, metal and water.  The decorative frame around the Chinese character for Rooster was referenced from a detail in Winnipeg’s signature Chinatown gate. The jury felt that the banner design truly captured the characteristics of a proud and confident rooster, at the same time showcasing bright and positive colours to bring a nice contrast to the Chinatown streetscape.

“The new banners help to define the boundaries of Chinatown, as well as provide both a traditional and energetic look and design to welcome residents and visitors to this unique Winnipeg area,” said Stefano Grande, Downtown Winnipeg BIZ CEO.

The BIZ recognizes the importance of creating beautiful and unique spaces in our downtown that not only engage pedestrians but also artists. This banner competition provides a wonderful opportunity for local artists to showcase their talent while at the same time enhancing the streetscape and celebrating Chinatown’s rich culture.  The 2018 Year of Dog Banner Competition is now open with January 17, 2018 as the deadline.  A call for entries will be available on the Downtown BIZ website next week (downtownwinnipegbiz.com).


Tineke de Jong, Director of Marketing, Events & Communications
Phone: Direct – (204) 958-4635, Cell – (204) 806-2506, Email: Tineke@downtownwinnipegbiz.com