Lunar New Year Gala

Hosted by the Chinese Culture Federation—Feb 17

The first International Lunar New Year Gala in Prince Edward Island will be held on February 17 at the UPEI Performing Arts Centre in Charlottetown. Presented by the Chinese Culture Federation in collaboration with DiverseCity Festival and Immigrant and Refugee Services Association PEI, the event symbolizes their commitment to cultural diversity and unity.

Lunar New Year is one of the most important celebrations in Asia. This year, in celebrating the Year of the Dragon, the Gala holds an even more special place in the hearts of organizers. It is not only the inaugural event of its kind in this province but it also marks the first in-person gathering for the Chinese community since 2019. The opportunity to reconnect in person and share in the joy of this significant cultural occasion is both thrilling and deeply meaningful.

The focus of this year’s Gala is on performances, showcasing a diverse array of cultural talents. From traditional dances to musical performances, each act will be a celebration of the vibrant cultures that contribute to the diversity of PEI. This event is significant for many smaller communities, as it offers a platform to share their unique cultural expressions, something they have long aspired to do.

In addition, the Gala underscores a community-driven effort to enhance local healthcare services, with proceeds from ticket sales directly benefitting the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, showcasing the community’s dedication to advancing medical care.

The International Lunar New Year Gala will be held from 2–4 pm. Doors will open at 1 pm. The dress code is formal or ethnic attire.

Organizers have also planned a snow day celebration on February 20 at the same venue. This additional event promises extended fun and engagement for the community.