BEST OF VAN­COU­VER

The Georgia Straight - - Best Of Vancouver -

ex­hibit called 100 Years of Mo­tor­cy­cling. Even if you have never climbed on a mo­tor­cy­cle, you will still be im­pressed by this ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion. Styles range from badass beau­ties right out of Easy Rider to vin­tage finds right out of Ho­gan’s Heroes, plus many rare bikes you’ll only find in this ex­hi­bi­tion. It’s his­tor­i­cal and hard­core, just like East Van. En­try by donation.

BEST BRIDGE BUILD­ING BY A FES­TI­VAL ARTIS­TIC DIREC­TOR There are some out­stand­ing com­mu­nity builders at the helm of var­i­ous fes­ti­vals in the Lower Main­land. The Rich­mond World Fes­ti­val, for in­stance, cel­e­brates the re­gion’s di­ver­sity through mu­sic, art, and food, bring­ing in per­form­ers that ap­peal to a broad cross-sec­tion of the pop­u­la­tion. It’s a ver­i­ta­ble United Na­tions in Mi­noru Park every Labour Day week­end. The In­dian Sum­mer Fes­ti­val also stands out for its broad­minded ap­proach, bring­ing to­gether In­dige­nous per­form­ers with oth­ers from mi­nor­ity com­mu­ni­ties this year for a re­mark­able in­ter­cul­tural ex­change of ideas and mu­sic. One of the most in­trigu­ing ef­forts at bridge build­ing has been oc­cur­ring at Tai­wan­fest in re­cent years. The key or­ga­nizer, Char­lie Wu, has been cu­rat­ing a Di­a­logues With Asia se­ries since 2016, which ex­plores the con­nec­tions be­tween Tai­wan and its neigh­bours. It be­gan by look­ing at the par­al­lels with Hong Kong—and in par­tic­u­lar, both coun­tries’ stu­dent move­ments. The fol­low­ing year, Ja­pan was in the spot­light as Tai­wan­fest took stock of the long-term im­pact of be­ing a part of that coun­try from 1895 to 1945. This year, the fes­ti­val fo­cused on the shared her­itage of In­dige­nous com­mu­ni­ties in Tai­wan and the Philip­pines. Tai­wan­fest even fea­tured a Pi­noy block on Granville Street as part of its cel­e­bra­tion For a week­end, two Pa­cific is­land na­tions be­came the clos­est of friends in Van­cou­ver.

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