Where East Meets West: An Exhibition of Mid-20th Century Cantonese Musical Instruments in Vancouver

Where East meets West

Indonesian gamelan, African mbira… Cantonese music – what do these all have in common? — Find out at Where East Meets West: An Exhibition of Mid-20th Century Cantonese Musical Instruments in Vancouver. The exhibition showcases a collection of Chinese musical instruments from the Chinese Cultural Centre and the UBC Asian Library’s Henry Lok-Tin Lee Collections, used in Vancouver’s Chinatown during the 1950s and 60s.

It is a somewhat unknown fact that Cantonese music is a relatively new phenomenon, derived from regional styles approximately a century and a half ago. Cantonese people are known for their receptiveness and adaptability to new ideas, evident in their use of hybrid instruments, such as modified guitars and banjos, castanet-like percussions, and in fact, xylophones tuned according to Cantonese musical modes, which are all featured as part of the exhibit. — Imagine these cultural influences and interactions, carried along by early Chinese migrants in search of the “Gold Mountain,” slowly unfolding in Vancouver’s Chinatown under the backdrop of post-war prosperities, where the East meets with the West in novel yet subtle ways…

Asian Library, University of British Columbia
Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver
B.C. Chinese Music Association

Date: November 15 – December 16, 2012

Place: Chinese Cultural Centre Museum (555 Columbia Street, Vancouver)

Time: Tuesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. (closed on Mondays and holidays)

Admission: $3/adult, $2/senior or student, free for CCC members and children under six (Tuesdays by donation)

Opening Reception and Live Performance (B.C. Chinese Music Association)
Saturday, November 17, 2:00 p.m.

Musical Demonstration (B.C. Chinese Music Association) &
Interactive Workshop: Intra-lingual: A Tale of Cantonese Music
(Presenter: Alan Lau, Exhibition Curator)
Saturday, December 1, 2:00 p.m.

For exhibition poster, visit here.

For news about this exhibition in Chinese, please visit:
Ming Pao | Sing Tao Daily | World Journal

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