Koinobori

Haiku Koinobori Scale Painting Workshops – FREE

A relaxing workshop where we’ll feature your hand-painted scale and creativity at Sakura Days Japan Fair, VanDusen Botanical Garden, April 8 & 9, 2017 on the Koinobori Installation! Sponsored by Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel Ltd. and in partnership with the Powell Street Festival.
VCBF provides all materials.

Thursday, March 16 from 6:30pm-8:30pm – Kerrisdale Community Centre, SOUTH ROOM
Saturday, March 18 from 10:30am-12:15pm – Kerrisdale Community Centre, SOUTH ROOM


Sakura Illumination_Photo Credit_LOBO Photography

Spring Lights Lantern Workshops: Build your own lantern at workshops led by Festival artists, Hannah Barss!  To be incorporated into the Spring Lights immersive light and video art experience. Limited space, so register early!
Recommended workshop age:Children should be accompanied by adults
$5 per lantern – Lantern Workshop materials will be provided.
Workshop registration will close at 11:00pm PST the evening prior or when spaces have been filled.
Saturday, Feb. 11 from 1-4pm – West Point Grey Community Centre, OAK ROOM
Sunday, Feb. 12 from 10am-1pm – Roundhouse Community Centre, ROOM B
Saturday, Feb. 18 from 1-4pm – Kerrisdale Community Centre, SOUTH ROOM
Thursday, Feb. 23 from 6:30-9:30pm – St. Andrew’s-Wesley Church, SALON
Sunday, Feb. 26 from 2-5pm – Killarney Community Centre, ROOM 211 (FULL)

Saturday, March 11 from  10:30am -1:30pm – Trout Lake Community Centre, ART STUDIO


How to Haiku Workshops

Saturday, Feb. 25 from 1-4:30pm – Joy Kogawa House led by Jacquie Pearce *register at info@kogawahouse.com

Learn “How to Haiku” with award-winning poets, Michael Dylan Welch and Jacquie Pearce. Share your fabulous haiku on crafted carp scales to be installed on the interactive koinobori pavilion displayed at Sakura Days Japan Fair at VanDusen Botanical Garden on April 8 & 9, 2017.

Saturday, Feb. 18 from 1-5pm – Terry Salman Branch, VPL led by Michael Dylan Welch

Jack Kerouac said that haiku should be as simple as porridge. He meant that haiku is about the ordinary and everyday events in our lives. Haiku help us perceive the world more keenly through our five senses, and that’s what we’ll focus on as we walk around Queen Elizabeth Park and look for “seeds” for our haiku — all the ordinary things we see and smell, or touch and hear. Then we’ll reconvene at the library to learn more about the targets to shoot for when writing haiku. I hope this will be a fun and informative afternoon for everyone, especially when we start writing out our haiku to add to the marvelous Koinobori installation — a giant koi fish with all of its “scales” decorated with haiku!