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. In an effort to revitalize the Courtyard and promote it as a vibrant public space for the neighbourhood, local businesses, and visitors alike, the community is organizing a series of cultural events through the summer that will showcase the Courtyard’s unique position and potential.
The Garden will be holding a two-day place making event on August 23-24 to Help Shape the Courtyard. Working alongside a number of local entrepreneurs, creators, and performers, our goal is to promote innovative concepts, encourage cross-cultural learning, and (re)introduce people to the Courtyard and its role in this historically and culturally significant neighbourhood.
With the process to apply for UNESCO World Heritage status underway, the reactivation of a central public space in Chinatown where both members and strangers to the community can engage in the area’s cultural heritage and help shape its future is more important than ever.