Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

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The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF) is an annual spring festival held in Vancouver, British Columbia to celebrate the beauty of Vancouver’s cherry trees. The festival’s fundamental objectives includes public education through seasonal, cherry-themed, citywide viewing programs, musical performances, and fine art and craft exhibitions. It enables Vancouverites and those in surrounding areas to appreciate the beauty of cherry blossoms.

History

The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival was founded in 2005 by Linda Poole, its executive director, to commemorate the 800 cherry trees given by Japan to the City of Vancouver.[1][2]

The ninth annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival ran from April 3 to April 28, 2014.

Events

The Festival has a roster of events that are put on every year. This year (2015), the Festival will be featuring:

  • Haiku Invitational
  • Sakura Night
  • Plein-Air Blossom Painting
  • Cherry Jam Downtown Concert
  • Sakura Illumination
  • Kite Dance
  • Cherry Blossom Picnics
  • Sakura Days Japan Fair
  • Blossom Bollywood and Kite Dance
  • Bike the Blossom
  • Tree Talks and Walks
  • BC Blossom Watch Photo Contest

For more information, please visit their official website.

References

  1. ^ http://www.vcbf.ca/education/history-of-our-cherry-trees
  2. ^ Douglas Justice (2008). Ornamental Cherries in Vancouver (First ed.). Vancouver, Canada: The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival. p. 4. ISBN 978-0-9811521-0-3. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Official Facebook page
  • A Guide to Vancouver's Cherry Blossoms from Tourism Vancouver
  • Vancouver Haiku Stone Photographs
  • Article from CBC Kids (March 31, 2014)
  • Article from CNN.com (March 5, 2012)
  • Article from BC Living (April 4, 2011)
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