Join us on August 23-24 (4-9pm) for a fun
placemaking event in Vancouver's Chinatown.

The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Courtyard occupies a key location in the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown, serving as a main access point to two important institutions: the Chinese Cultural Centre and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.

Event Map

Receive a complimentary admission to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden for every $10 you spend at Help Shape the Courtyard.

Documenting Chinatown

Experience Chinatown through the lens of Jonathan Desmond Photography.

Jiànzi Jam

Try your hands at making jiànzi "shuttlecocks" with frida&frank. It is a traditional Chinese folk game that dates back to the 2nd century BC.  

Animating Culture

Join Alisha and Chao for a converation on how the younger generations appreciate cultural heritage through animation and game design  

Mobile Museum and Photobooth

Learn about the stories of the everyday individuals who shaped the history of Chinatown with the Chinatown Storytelling Centre.  

Shelf Space

Discover the history and cultural significance of particular plant species in this pop-up plant and flower shop.  

Kite Runner

Learn about the traditional and cultural aspects of kites in China, decorate your own kites, and fly them in the courtyard.  

Clothing Fix-It

Upcycle your old clothes and repair them in this sewing workshop that encourages skill sharing and community engagement.  

Experiences of a Courtyard

Share your reflections and ideas on what makes a great public courtyard with the Youth Collaborative for Chinatown. 

Choi On The Go (COTG)

Drop by this pop-up vegetable stand and learn how recycled produce can support the seniors living in Downtown Eastside and Chinatown.  

Vol 3: Excellent Tofu

Try a bowl of cold dou hua and learn about the cultural significance of this soft tofu dessert.  

Music Performance

Enjoy live performances by Gerta Heba, Jimmy Baldwin, Kin Balam, Vi-An Diep, and more.

Partners & Sponsors
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden Logo


Dunefield Consulting


Institutional Partner

Portable Electric Logo

Corporate Supporter

White LES Logo

Corporate Supporter

Cascade Tents Logo

Corporate Supporter

Community Partner