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May is Asian Heritage Month

Posted on May 4, 2017

GVPL invites you to take part in free programs for children and adults to learn about the rich heritage of Asian cultures and arts.

Programs

Watercolour on Masa Paper: Birds

Adult program. Juan de Fuca BranchJoin professional wildlife artist Richard Wong for a workshop on painting birds, one of our most colourful creatures. Bring your own print-out, or work from a class design. No experience necessary. Registered.

May 5, 2:00-3:30 pm
Esquimalt Branch

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The Kimono and Japanese Culture

Adult program. From golden cranes embroidered on red satin to pink cherry blossoms emblazoned on silk crepe, the kimono doubles as a traditional Japanese garment and a piece of art. Join Hitomi Harama, kimono and Japanese culture specialist, for a talk on the history of the kimono and the traditional Japanese way of life. Registered.

May 5, 2:00-3:00 pm
Central Branch

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Japanese Tea Ceremony

Adult program. The Japanese tea ceremony, called chado or the Way of Tea, is one of Japan’s time-honoured traditional arts. Experience the ceremonial preparation and presentation of tea, influenced by Zen Buddhism and encompassing the principles of harmony, respect, purity and tranquility. Presented by the Victorian Urasenke Nagomi Tea Circle.

Please note: Attendance is limited to 30 participants. Due to the sacred nature of this ceremony, we will not be able to admit late arrivals.

May 6, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Central Branch

Drop-in program

M is for Mandala

For ages 6-9. Team up to create a mammoth mandala, a geometric pattern representing the universe, using objects found in nature — sand, pebbles, sticks and sea glass. Then, make a mandala paper design to take home. Registered.

May 12, 2:30-3:30 pm
Juan de Fuca Branch

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Origami and the Art of Paper Folding

Adult program. Discover the Zen of origami. Join local origami enthusiast Stephen Tran for lessons in the mindful art of folding paper into miniature 3D models. Registered.

May 13, 10:30-11:30 am
Bruce Hutchison Branch

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Tai Chi Kung Fu Fan

For ages 6 and up; parents and caregivers are encouraged to attend. Listen to a traditional Chinese story told by local storyteller Su Ma, then practice Tai Chi Kung Fu Fan, a series of Tai Chi movements and special techniques using a large fan. If you have a favourite fan, please bring it. No experience necessary. Registered.

May 13, 10:30-11:30 am
Nellie McClung Branch

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Origami and the Art of Paper Folding

For ages 8-12. Discover the joy of origami. Join local origami enthusiast Stephen Tran for lessons in the magical art of folding paper into miniature 3D models. Registered.

May 13, 2:30-3:30 pm
Saanich Centennial Branch

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Mehndi Demonstration

Adult program. Join local mehndi artist Poonam Ablak for a discussion and demonstration of mehndi, the ceremonial application of a semi-permanent, reddish-brown paste in intricate designs and patterns on the hands and feet. Developed in India, mehndi is an ancient, decorative art, traditionally applied as part of Hindu wedding customs. Registered.

May 20, 10:30 am-12:00 pm
Nellie McClung Branch

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For more information about Asian Heritage Month, visit the Government of Canada website.