August 25, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
8TH ANNUAL CHINATOWN STREET FESTIVAL BEGINS ON AUGUST 27
Downtown Winnipeg –Chinatown’s King Street will transform into a bustling hub of live music, cultural performances, authentic cuisine and dynamic street vendors this weekend to celebrate the 8th Annual Chinatown Street Festival!
Winnipeggers from all across the city will have the opportunity to visit the famous Downtown neighbourhood and enjoy two days of pedestrian friendly activities on King Street from Alexander to James Avenue. As in previous years, the streets of Chinatown will come alive with lion dances, Taiko drumming, Chinese Kung Fu, K-Pop performances, children’s games and activities and free martial arts lessons. New this year, the festival will welcome a movie screening of Kung Fu Panda 3 under the stars, a petting zoo, an expanded kids’ zone, and traditional Chinese Lantern Riddles, a guessing game that will offer coupons redeemable at the Merchant Market.
Chinatown Street Festival Program
Saturday, August 27 (1:00PM-11:00PM)
- Cultural performances, Merchant Market, and food vendors from 1:00-8:00PM
- Screening of Kung Fu Panda 3 at approximately 9:00PM
Sunday, August 28
- Cultural performances, Merchant Market, and food vendors from 1:00-5:00PM
“The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ is proud to team up with the Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Centre to support what I’m sure will be another fantastic Chinatown Street Festival!” says Stefano Grande, Chief Executive Officer of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. “Whether we’re installing bright red bike racks on the sidewalks, hosting the annual Chinese Zodiac banner competition, or planting flowers along the streets of the neighbourhood—the BIZ continues to invest in dynamic initiatives that breathe new life and excitement into Chinatown.”
“The Chinatown Street Festival is a wonderful event that gives the Chinese community the opportunity to share and showcase our culture with the city!” says Rui Wang, Chinatown Street Festival Chairperson and board member of the Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Centre. “The Festival began as part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Winnipeg’s Chinatown, and we love how this annual free event brings people to Chinatown to enjoy performances, food, and this rich cultural neighbourhood.”
About the Winnipeg Chinese Cultural Centre
The Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Centre is a not-for-profit organization run by the community. From 200 inhabitants in the early part of the last century, to its 20,000 current Winnipeg residents, the Chinese-Canadian community is an important part of the city’s ethnic landscape. An active group, the WCCCC presents many events to raise cultural awareness to Manitoba.
About the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ
The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ markets the city centre on behalf of 1,300 businesses and runs programs and provides services that target downtown image, cleanliness, safety, transportation, and parking. The BIZ hosts events and promote downtown as a great place to work, shop, and live. In addition, the BIZ is the voice of the downtown business community and advocates for continued downtown revitalization and enhanced services on behalf of our members.
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For more information, please contact:
Yaoyao Meng, Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Centre,
Tel: (204) 943-2627
Emily Ormonde, Downtown Winnipeg BIZ,
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Tel: (204) 958-4626