Heritage Week 2020

Celebrating our cultural heritage and historic places

February 17 – 23, 2020


Heritage Week offers a chance to explore heritage across BC and Canada. In 2020 the theme is “2020 Vision: Bringing the Past into the Future”. The restoration and adaptation of heritage buildings is key to a sustainable future, preserving community and cultural spaces, retaining affordable retail and residential spaces and keeping usable building materials from landfills, all while enriching our streetscapes and neighbourhoods. The future also includes reconciliation with Indigenous communities and a more inclusive telling of the stories of the past for all communities. Join us as we explore the role of heritage in our future throughout Heritage Week, February 17 – 23.

Places That Matter Community Celebration
Wednesday, February 19th
6pm – 8:30pm
Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street
Free, and open to the public

Join us for a free evening of storytelling and community history along with community organization displays and refreshments. If you are interested in supporting this event through sponsorship or in-kind donations (food and beverage) please contact Special Projects Manager, Jessica Quan.

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.