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Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival now under Way - A Variety of Events, New ‘Umbrella Dance’ on Stage

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival now under Way - A Variety of Events, New ‘Umbrella Dance’ on Stage

Pink umbrellas are highlighting ‘World Umbrella Dance’ at VCBF (from April 4th to 30th).

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 Annual spring event ‘Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF)’ is now under way during the time when ‘Prunus Accolade’ and ‘Autumn Cherry Blossom’ start blossoming in downtown and West End and streets in Vancouver are gradually highlighted by pale rose. It is going to be held from April 4th to 30th this year.

 ‘Cherry Blossom Umbrella Dance’ was performed as the first trial last year and 550 people attended it. The performance is boosting the power to ‘World Umbrella Dance’ and it is going to be shown on April 13th. Participants are practicing the dance at community centers throughout the city. The dance will be performed in front of the square of Vancouver Art Gallery. Japanese drum group in Steveston ‘Tetsu Taiko’ will collaborate with them in a unique way.

 Pop art style umbrellas will be used as property at ‘Shabop? to dance without worry and celebrate life.’ It is Bollywood style dance newly created by Shiamak Davar, who is well-known as Indian choreographer in the world. A local artist Anthony Redpath designed featuring cherry trees in full bloom. The color of the umbrella is bright pink with black and yellow. Those interested in the dance need to sign up with an online. Participation fee is CAD 28.84 including ten times of rehearsals and umbrella. Only umbrella is available for purchase.

 A variety of annual events will be held such as ‘Sakura Days Japan Fair,’ ‘Tree Talks & Walks,’ ‘Haiku (Japanese seventeen-syllable poem) Contest,’ ‘Photographic Contest,’ and ‘Ohanami (Cherry blossom viewing) Cycling’ during the festival. A special bento ‘SakuraB’ (CAD 23.15, reservations are required) cooked by local Japanese restaurant chefs will be sold at ‘Cherry Jam Downtown’ on the first day of the opening event.

(Translated by Hiroko Shioda)

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