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.