Concord Pacific CEO Terry Hui Helps Buy Dragon Boat’s New Race Boats
Vancouver’s iconic Dragon Boat Festival returns to False Creek this month, and racers will take to the waters in a next-generation fleet of locally designed racing boats.
Dragon Boat BC launched the Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival 2022 yesterday with the unveiling of 18 new dragon boats that will make their racing debut from June 24-26.
The festival’s largest capital investment was backed by Concord Pacific CEO Terry Hui and the Province of British Columbia, with the former sharing that he’s excited to see the full festival return to the neighborhood.
“For more than 30 years, the Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival has been an inclusive event in False Creek and an exciting start to summer in Vancouver,” Hui said in a statement. “We are pleased to partner with the province to purchase this new fleet for the local paddling community and the dragon boat community at large.
“Concord Pacific has partnered with Dragon Boat BC since day one as founder and now title sponsor of the Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival. This year’s artistic fusion of Indigenous and dragon boat paddling cultures truly embodies the spirit of this riverside community.
Nine local artists representing the diversity of the region were commissioned to create artwork for the racing boats. Chepximiya Siyam, Debra Sparrow and Ocean Hyland were each asked to draw on Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh cultures to design a boat.
Artists who have created unique and distinct works of art around the theme of community, culture and competition, including President Ting, Kari Kristensen, Joslyn Reid, the Bagua Art Association, Derek Tam and Carmen Chan, were also selected to reflect the roots of the Festival.
The state-of-the-art boat will be used exclusively for competitions.
“Vancouver residents are so thrilled to see the Dragon Boat Festival return this year,” said Niki Sharma, MPP for Vancouver-Hastings and Parliamentary Secretary for Community Development and Nonprofits in a statement. “The new boats with designs by local artists are a great showcase of the diversity of talent in our community.”
The 18 dragon boats will be on public display at Concord Community Park on June 10 and 11 and will be blessed by the International Taoist Church of Canada in an eye-pointing ceremony Saturday at 2 p.m.
To see the new boats in action, plan to take a look at the Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival, which takes place at Concord Pacific Place and Creekside Park on June 25 and 26, with runner-only events on June 24.
The city’s biggest dragon boat celebration includes the highly anticipated International Dragon Boat Races on False Creek, plus free concerts and cultural programming on the 102.7 THE PEAK main stage.
“This year’s Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival is our invitation to everyone – teams, community and city – to reconnect with each other,” said Dominic Lai, Director of Development, Marketing and Operations, Dragon Boat. BC, in a statement. “We are ready to welcome everyone to kick off the summer with us, watch the races in our new fleet of boats and enjoy a range of exclusively local activities and shows.”
When: June 24 to 26, 2022
Time: Various times
Where: Concord Pacific Place, Creekside Park and False Creek, Vancouver