February 11, 2019
LUNAR NEW YEAR OF THE PIG CELEBRATED WITH BRAND NEW CHINATOWN BANNER DESIGN
Winnipeg, MB – The Year of the Pig was welcomed at the Chinese New Year Banquet located at Kum Koon Garden, where the winning design from the 2019 Chinatown Banner Competition was officially unveiled. The unveiling introduced the new and original design that will be displayed along many of Chinatown’s busiest streets. The annual competition, a partnership between the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ and the Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Centre (WCCCC), aims to celebrate arts, culture and the community, and mark the arrival of the Chinese New Year.
Rick Wang, a graphic design freelancer and contractor for the Alliance of Manitoba Sector Councils (AMSC), was awarded with a plaque and honorarium for his 2019 banner design. The concept of his design incorporated many Manitoba elements, including the background, which represents the natural and phenomenal beauty of the sky as well as the “Z” shape and colour of lake-green representing the legendary Red River that flows though Winnipeg.
The banner also highlights the gentle, optimistic and friendly personalities of people who were born in the years of the pig by reflecting that in the character who has a confident and positive expression that looks up and toward future abundance. Of the 68 entries received this year, the jury felt that the banner design captured the essence of the Year of the Pig and believe that this banner will complement and contrast the architecture and culture of Chinatown.
“We are thrilled that eighteen new banners will showcase the winning design in Chinatown and rejuvenate the community’s interest in this unique and dynamic district of our city centre,” says Kate Fenske, CEO of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. “The banners will also help define the boundaries of Chinatown and welcome visitors to this area.”
About the Chinatown Banner Competition
The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ recognizes the importance of creating beautiful and unique spaces in our downtown that not only engage pedestrians but also artists. The Chinatown 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 2020 Year of the Rat Banner Competition will be open later this year and close in January 2020. A call for entries will be announced on the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts and available on the website at www.downtownwinnipegbiz.com.
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