The Big Picnic Presented by

 

A heartfelt thank you to the Presenting Sponsor of The Big Picnic, TD Bank Group, for standing by our side during these unprecedented times. TD Bank Group and our artists have made it possible to bring some Big Picnic fun to everyone online!

Here’s how we’ll do it: Change things up and make it an adventure with a picnic at home! Utilize the backyard or balcony, or transform your living room into a creative space. Use the materials and ingredients you already have at home to make it festive and memorable with pink and/or cherry blossom decorations, foods and activities for everyone! Share your picnic photos with us on social media using the hashtags #TD and #TheBigPicnic.

We’ll also be posting performances on our social media platforms and this page, so check back later!

Some Ideas To Get You Going

And don’t forget the picnic blanket and basket! Get creative and show us how you picnic in your family or the picnic staples of your culture.

 

About The Big Picnic

Every year, more than 3,000 people from all over come together to share in the beauty of the blossoms and experience why “there are no strangers under the cherry tree”. Inspired by the long-time Japanese cultural tradition of hanami* which literally translates to “cherry blossom (hana) viewing (mi)”, we want to share this experience with everyone under Queen Elizabeth Park’s iconic cherry blossom canopy. Don’t miss perhaps Canada’s largest picnic, with free family-friendly entertainment and activities from 12 pm – 4 pm. Some of metro Vancouver’s best food trucks will also be on-site in case you’d like to try something different to eat & drink.

We want your help! Click here to see volunteer opportunities

 


 

2020 Artist Bios
The Khac Chi Ensemble (Vietnamese duo) is an incredibly talented Vietnam’s premiere musicians that have won the hearts of audiences in 25 countries over the globe. Showcasing rare and unique musical instruments that made by bamboo, interspersed with peoples of Vietnam, interspersed with the haunting melodies of Dan Bau, a one-string zither from northern Vietnam, the Koni which has resonation chamber is a player’s mouth, Khac Chi Bamboo Music takes you on an adventure in sound. Their concerts may include a combination of styles or feature any one style of Vietnamese traditional music, Vietnamese folk music or contemporary music to world music.
Tsatsu Stalqayu (Coastal Wolf Pack) is a Young group of Coast Salish people coming from across the Coast and throughout the Fraser Valley, they have members in there group from Musqueam, Nanaimo, Kuper Island, Cowichan, Tsartlip, Skway, just to name a few. They all come from different homes but they all come from 1 creator, who is the creator of all good things. Which brings them all together to sing and dance as one. The only goal in this group is to reunite there people and show the world who they are and where they come from. Performing for the people brings happiness and joy to there hearts as they sing dance and pray for each and everyone of us that are here today.
Vancouver Okinawa Taiko has been performing in numerous cultural festivals, charity functions, sports and anniversary events for some over 15 years. The group’s aim is to promote and preserve Okinawan style drum-dancing called Eisa, and to share Okinawan cultural heritage. Our membership consists of a mix of several generations to reflect the presentation of grassroots folk art.

Jessica Yue Dance Studio joined the City Contemporary Dance Company and Hong Kong Traditional Chinese Dancing as a full-time dancer after graduating from the Hong Kong Baptist University. In 2012, Jessica established her own dance company called Jessica Dancing Studio specializing in Chinese Classical and Fold dances. Jessica pioneers in the promoting of cultural interchanges, through presentations of public seminars and workshops on Chinese dance, such as the Classical Dance Workshop Series on Body Aesthetics and Water Sleeves.
Namsadang Taiko by Namsadang Cultural Institute …

‘Can Namsadang’ is a Traditional Korean Performing Arts performance team of ‘Namsadang Cultural Institute’ which was founded 2015 as a non-profit organization to introduce and educate Traditional Korean Performing Arts. ‘Can Namsadang’ has performed over 150 times at the various multicultural events throughout Metro Vancouver. In 2017, ‘Can Namsadang’ was selected as ‘Best Performing Art Team’ at Victoria Parade on Canada Day Event.

*Hanami dates back to more than a thousand years ago when Japanese aristocrats sat under the flowering cherry trees and wrote poems inspired by the blossoms. Nowadays in Japan, friends and families gather under the cherry blossoms in the local parks eating homemade food or convenience store bento boxes, singing songs and partaking in simple, fun activities such as photography and haiku writing.

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