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Celebrate! Stanley Park: August 24-25 festival to highlight park’s 125th anniversary

May 30 2013

“This summer’s Celebrate! Stanley Park festivities will showcase Stanley Park’s best ecological, cultural, and historical attributes, with a special focus on First Nations experiences and stories,'' said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson.

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You're invited to celebrate Stanley Park's 125th anniversary!

Today, the City of Vancouver, the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, local First Nations, and sponsors announced plans for the major festival in August.

Celebrate! Stanley Park takes place August 24 and 25 at outdoor locations and venues throughout the park. The festival will highlight the park’s ecology, First Nations history, and its value as a modern urban park enjoyed by over eight million visitors annually.

Enjoy diverse festival activities, including:

  • Free family entertainment
  • Performing and visual arts
  • Interactive sports
  • Heritage experiences
  • First Nations cultural presentations

The event is supported by funding from the Government of Canada, local government, and local businesses. Stanley Park Brewery is the lead presenting sponsor.

Comments from the Mayor, Park Board Chair, and lead sponsor

“Stanley Park is a place of remarkable significance to Vancouver’s past, present and future. It was recently ranked again as one of the world’s most stunning urban parks,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “This summer’s Celebrate! Stanley Park festivities will showcase the park’s best ecological, cultural, and historical attributes, with a special focus on First Nations experiences and stories. I look forward to celebrating Vancouver’s first and biggest park and the special place it holds in the hearts of all Vancouver residents and visitors.”

“The Park Board, our staff and valued partners are proud to celebrate the 125th birthday of Vancouver’s most popular and beloved park,” said Vancouver Park Board Chair Sarah Blyth. “This family-friendly event will feature engaging presentations and give residents the chance to get up close and personal with lively performances in the welcoming and spectacular setting of Stanley Park.”

“Stanley Park Brewery, a proud locally owned and operated brewery, is extremely pleased to support the 125th celebration of Vancouver’s most prestigious and beloved park,” says Andy Murison, VP of Marketing with Stanley Park Brewery. “We are thrilled to enter a partnership with the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Park Board for this momentous event, and believe that Lord Stanley would be proud of the efforts of local businesses and community partners to join together to preserve the natural beauty of the park for future generations.”

Program highlights at the main celebration sites

Community picnic at Ceperly Meadow, near Second Beach

  • Enjoy a diverse showcase of mainstage performances by local musical talent.

Family fun and First Nations performances at Lumbermen’s Arch

  • Delight in performances by local children and roving entertainers.
  • Experience Coast Salish artisans and performances with members of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.
  • Study park species at Stanley Park Ecology Society’s BioBlitz.

Sports, games, and outdoor theatre at Brockton Point

  • Play in all-ages sports demos and drop-in games at Brockton Sportsapalooza
  • Be amazed at the spectacular outdoor theatre evening presented by Boca del Lupo.

Find out more about Celebrate! Stanley Park

Additional details on artists, performers, events and activities will be announced closer to the festival date.

Thank you to our partners and sponsors

The City of Vancouver is investing $200,000 in the celebration from its Innovation Fund. The Vancouver Park Board is contributing $50,000 from the Corporate Sponsorship Fund to support the production of the event.

The City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Park Board acknowledge the generous support of Canadian Heritage through the Building Communities through Arts and Heritage program, presenting sponsor Stanley Park Brewery and other corporate and media sponsors including CTV, 102.7 The Peak, and The Georgia Straight.

About Stanley Park

Since its official opening on September 27, 1888, Stanley Park has established itself as an attraction of international status and a National Historic Site of Canada. Historically, the area was the traditional Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

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