Heritage Week 2019

Celebrating our cultural heritage and historic places

February 18 – 24, 2019

Heritage Week offers a chance to explore heritage across BC and Canada. In 2019, the theme was “Heritage: The Tie That Binds”. Heritage in all its forms has the power to bring people together and create a sense of belonging. Gathering places like community places, religious buildings, public squares and parks, and traditional sites, as well as cultural objects such as artifacts, memorabilia and family items are tangible touchstones with the past that connect us to history and can serve as a base for engaged communities. Intangible heritage, which includes languages, food, traditional rituals, music, dance, storytelling and more, is at the heart of family and community.

*feature image courtesy roaming-the-planet.


Thank you to everyone who joined us for Heritage Week 2019! We've created a short video with some highlights from the week. Enjoy!

To celebrate the week, VHF offered three events that explored Vancouver's cultural heritage and the important role intangible heritage plays in adding significance to sites and buildings. We started the week with a free event at Heritage Hall, Places That Matter Community Celebration, an evening of music, food, conversation and storytelling. We also enjoyed a special experience at Chinatown House, an innovative new curated co-working space where we learned about the significance of tea to the Chinese community during Tea at Chinatown House. Then we headed out to the Oakridge neighbourhood to learn about the vibrant Jewish community that has grown in this area, during Oakridge Community History Tour. We hope you enjoyed the week and are inspired to explore more heritage and history.

Thank you to all who supported Heritage Week 2019:

MC and Presenters: Aaron Chapman, Christine Wong, Councillor Colleen Hardwick, Hayne Wai, Helen Lee, Jennifer Cane, Kathy Harris, Keith Wallace, Ken Yada, Lawrence Guerin, Leslie Shieh, Linda Kawamoto Reid, Michael Riste, Michael Schwartz, Ruthie Speck, Vanessa Campbell. Vancouver Wind Chambers Player Trio- Rory O'Donnell, Gene Ramsbottom, Gregory Cukrov.

Sponsors and Event Partners: Mount Pleasant BIA, All India Sweets and Restaurant, Cartems Donuterie, Chinatown House, Temple Sholom.

Community Displays: ACAM (Asian Canadian Asian Migration) & St. John's College (INSTRCC), Adrienne Brown/Urban Landscapes, Arts Club Theatre, BC Heritage Fairs (Alumni Students), Charles Flavelle/Choklit Park Purdy's, Chinatown Storytelling Centre, Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC, City of Vancouver Archives, Delamont Neighbourhood History/Sean McEwen, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Illustrated Vancouver/Jason Vanderhill, Jewish Museum and Archives of BC, Mt Pleasant Heritage Group,  xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Language and Culture (Musqueam), Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre, Out for Lunch Noon Hour Concert Series at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Pacific National Exhibition (PNE), Société historique francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, South Vancouver History/Rob Howatson, SFU Special Collections, Vancouver Arts Colloquium Society, Vancouver Historical Society, Vancouver School Board Archives.

Volunteers: Kevin and Christine Bowers, Ric Lam, Rick Horne, Hillary Taylor, Diana Kilgour, Peter Mustard, Elwin Xie.