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Join us at The Big Picnic. We were inspired by the long-time Japanese cultural tradition of Hanami, which literally translates to “flower (hana-) viewing (mi)”. We want to share this experience with everyone under Queen Elizabeth Park’s iconic cherry blossom canopy.

Bring your picnic mat, or purchase one of the Festival’s connecting Petal Mats, prepare a picnic basket, and get ready to have lots of fun and meet new people. We have lots of family-friendly activities and performances planned, see you at The Big Picnic!

“Hanami” dates back to more than a thousand years ago when aristocrats sat under the beautiful cherry blossoms and wrote poems inspired by the blossoms. Nowadays in Japan, friends and families gather under the cherry blossoms in the local parks eating homemade food or convenience store “bento” lunch boxes, singing songs and partaking in simple, fun, outdoor activities such as photo-taking and haiku writing!

Activities & Performances Schedule

2019 Artist Bios
Laura Yu Wu
Guzheng (Chinese harp) & vocal music

Graduated from the Music School of Shanghai Philharmonic. Participated in many performances with Shanghai Philharmonic directed by famous conductors Tuhan Si and Yufeng Zheng in China.  Since arriving to Canada in 1990, Laura has also performed many shows on guzheng and vocal music for various occasions. 
Northshore Celtic Ensemble

The North Shore Celtic Ensemble is a dynamic community of young musicians from North Vancouver, Canada. The Ensemble brings raw energy and a whole new style to the Vancouver music scene. What started as Celtic is now a spirited no-boundaries exploration of music that inspires us. The result is a full-spectrum music experience that defies labels and spans conventional genres. Our own original compositions draw on Celtic, classical, jazz and folk influences and are blended with creative arrangements of more traditional Celtic tunes. Seven CDs celebrate our music and its west coast roots.

Chinese Fan Dance

Jessica Yue joined the City Contemporary Dance Company and Hong Kong Traditional Chinese Dancing as a full-time dancer after graduating from the Hong Kong Baptist University. In 1994, she pursued further studies in China. The works she has choreographed for the China Traditional Chinese Dancing, including Martyr For Soul and Kami Ni To U, received critical acclaim. She has been a part-time instructor of the other Community Centre and any other Elementary School in Vancouver, BC.,  since 1997.

Chibi Taiko

The first children’s taiko ensemble in Canada, Chibi Taiko was formed in the fall of 1993 with the goal of passing this unique and dynamic performing art on to the next generation of Asian Canadians. The group’s philosophy emphasizes cooperation, leadership, responsibility and spirituality in addition to the physical and musical discipline needed to build a cohesive and dynamic taiko ensemble.

Kiyoshi Iio (@handpanjourney)

Iio has travelled to 40 countries with Handpan. He love to play music in nature and sometimes take a video as well. He would love to go on more adventures anywhere in the world to share my experiences with you by photos, videos or performances. His purpose is to decorate the world with peaceful atmospheres and to give you feel more adventurous and happy and relax.

Handpan is one of the music instruments that original one wad invented in Switzerland in 2000 and is also called ‘Hang’ or ‘Hamg Drum’. This instrument is very unique because it’s percussions with melodies.




The closest Skytrain Station is King Edward, about 5 blocks away.
Bus 15 stops on Cambie just outside the park.
Bus 33 stops on Midlothian just on the other side of the park.


The Festival will be closing off the parking lot closest to the venue for event vendors. Please be considerate of the park’s neighbours and don’t block their parking spaces. There are two paid parking lots:

  1. At the top of the park, near the conservatory, access off Midlothian Ave.
  2. Near the tennis courts, access off W 37th Ave.

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