Feb 18th / 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Influences of Emperor Qianlong’s Italian Painter – Giuseppe Castiglione

What impact did a missionary who travelled from Italy to China during the Qing Dynasty bring to Eastern art? How do you view Castiglione’s classic art, character portrayals, and painting techniques through history?

2019 LunarFest and the National Palace Museum in Taiwan are collaborating to present selections from Castiglione’s work. Let’s get into the world of the paintings, and relive the Qing Dynasty era of China, experience life as an imperial painter, and study the paintings and the stories behind them in detail. This Lunar New Year, let’s follow Castiglione’s journey to the East, explore his life in the Qing Imperial Palace, experience how his art reflects the fusional spirit, and see how it is related to diversity in Canada.

One Hundred Horses is a large handscroll spanning eight metres wide, and one metre high.  It features the vast landscape of the Royal Ranch, and one hundred horses from Emperor Yongzheng’s stables that decorate the scenery. One Hundred Horses is Castiglione’s most well known painting, and demonstrates the immense talent he had for blending Eastern and Western techniques.

Silk farming or sericulture is the practice of using silkworms to produce and farm silk.  In the spring, the Empress would lead the princesses and their consorts in collecting mulberry leaves to feed the worms, and to pray for a bountiful harvest.

Emperor Qianlong commissioned ten painters to produce in this series of four handscrolls dedicated to Empress Xiaoxian.  Castiglione only painted the faces of the Empress and four other princesses and their consorts. Despite nine other artists working on the rest of the handscrolls, Castiglione’s name is the only name listed on this collaboration showing how much the Emperor adored him.

The lantern release ceremony is the most popular activity at the Pingxi Lantern Festival. In recent years, its popularity has grown, and it has attracted more and more visitors every year. As the lanterns slowly rise into the sky, people’s wishes will be fulfilled.

LunarFest was inspired by the lantern culture from Pingxi, Taiwan to create the “Blessings of Lantern Arch”. The traditional Xuan rice paper lanterns have been replaced with craft paper lanterns. We hang the lanterns on the specially designed arch as if they were carrying the wishes to the sky. LunarFest invites everyone to come and take a look at the Lantern Arch and share their dreams and hopes, wishing their family, friends and loved ones, a safe, happy year full of fortune.

The heroes of the Lunar New Year are coming to Canada, revealing their true identity as little pigs from all around the world! This time, it isn’t the apprentices coming to spread their faith, but the masters themselves! Twelve one meter high pig heroes will be at the 2019 LunarFest event, each representing a different cultural specialty. These twelve pigs are going to light up the LunarFest, so be sure to come check them out. Don’t be afraid to get close to them to take some pictures, too!

Creativity is not just something for artists, for everyone can be a creator, anyone can share their artwork with the world. Any person has the right to be able to share the wonderful moments in their lives, and spread joy with strangers around them.

The Moon Dance is a collective creative action bringing together illustrators, community building associations, music reviewers, magazine editors and more groups to focus on their respective fields to create their own stories. They will not only be presenting their work at the festival, but also throughout the whole year, spreading their stories with the people around them, bringing happiness to the new year!

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A group of alien pigs are coming to Earth, and they need our help! We urgently need everyone to step into the mysterious cosmos, and help them solve their greatest problem. They want to collect all the money in our world, so they can continue onto their next great adventure!

This is a fun event for all ages, and through the activities we have planned, children can even learn about world currencies and how money works. The first people to finish the event can also win a prize! We welcome all families and friends to come experience it.

The Mighty Boar is shaped like a glowing sun.  It is a magical creature that will make you feel warm when you save the happy moments in your life. It is a mascot for keeping those happy moments; it will collect everyone’s wishes, and spread joy and happiness. Designed by Taiwanese Artist Yi-lun Yao, the Mighty Boar is a fantastic beast that has the magic to bring you good fortune and warm feelings. Snap a picture with it, make a wish, and kick off your new year full of happiness.

Doesn’t everyone wish for great wealth every new year? Come participate in our lucky money bath! All you need to do is throw some change into our red piggy bank, and make a wish for the new year! It’s not only a way to wish for some luck in the new year, but you can also come admire the artistic design of our piggy bank, which can be seen only at the LunarFest!

At the beginning of this new year, many people wonder: what kind of year will 2019 be? Well, LunarFest is back with our classic fortune telling event to give you all the answers you’ll need! You can learn more about the secrets of Oriental Fortune Telling. Experience it for yourself, but most importantly, have some fun! Come take advantage of this event, and maybe get a glimpse of your future, too!

This Lunar New Year let the unique robots celebrate with you! A sea of Sky Lanterns is a  beautiful sight, but cleaning up after they are launched is also important. Come check out our Lunar Robots all the way from Taiwan as they are being trained to pick up these lanterns! Help us train these robots to make sure we keep our earth beautiful.

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Lunar New Year is a time for friends and family to spend good times together. LunarFest tries to design unique and fun crafts that tie in with the theme of Lunar New Year. By participating in the DIY process it will definitely be a shared moment of happiness for both adults and children! This year’s Lunar Crafts include the Pig Hero Lanterns, Sky Lanterns, fish made from shell ginger leaves, pigs made from cotton thread, Chinese character good luck charms, origami flowers and more, come and try for yourself!

** All crafts are free of charge except for the Pig Hero Lanterns and Sky Lanterns.

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Giuseppe Castiglione, an 18th century missionary, travelled from Italy to China during the Qing Dynasty and started a brand new era in Eastern art history. Castiglione brought European painting techniques such as perspective, highlights and shadows to the Qing Dynasty, blending them with traditional ink wash painting, colouring, silk and brush Eastern techniques. He even introduced European style architectural design into the imperial palace. Castiglione is considered to be one of the most influential artists for the cultural exchange between the West and the East. Even though Castiglione had never been to Taiwan, the National Palace Museum in Taiwan is considered to have one of the premier collections of Castiglione’s work. Lunar Movie presents “Giuseppe Castiglione in China: Imperial Painter, Humble Servant”, a documentary that tells Castiglione’s life story and also reflects on the relationship between life in the palace and artistic creativity.

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