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Chinese Cultural Heritage Weekend

Chinese Cultural Heritage Day




Join us for Chinese Cultural Heritage Weekend!

Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13

Enjoy a full day of Chinese cultural celebration with live music and dance performances, shopping, dining and more!

Click here for more details on the activities for Saturday, April 12.

Included with Museum admission.


Level 1: Currelly Gallery
10:30 am to 3 pm

Live music and dance including performances by:

  • Toronto Chinese Orchestra
  • China Shenzhen Xinkuan Magic Art Group
  • The Orient Dance Company
  • Yip's Children's Choir
  • CCC Tai Chi Academy
  • Starlight Chinese Opera Performing Arts Centre
  • Chinese Dance Workshop

Level 1: Digital Gallery
11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm and 2:30 pm

The rich history of China will be brought to life in this interactive workshop. Discover the roots of China from the reign of the Yellow Emperor to the ancient custom of foot binding and even traditional toys. Don’t miss this opportunity to get hands-on with real artifacts from the ROM's teaching collections!

Level 1: Queens Park Rotunda
10 am to 4 pm

Families can celebrate Chinese heritage with themed hands-on crafts and activities for kids. Try your hand at Chinese paper cutting, take home your Chinese name written on your very own bookmark or make your own Chinese lantern and folding fan!

Level 2: Schad Gallery of Biodiversity
11 am to 3 pm

Families can learn more about the anatomy, ecology and diversity of wild horses with hands-on specimens.

Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of ChinaJoey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of China
Level 1: Meet in Chen Court
11:30 am, 1:30 pm & 2:30 pm

Get ready to discover one of the world's great civilizations! Ranked amongst the top ten Chinese collections in the world outside of China, this gallery represents almost 10,000 years of Chinese history.

The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors
Level 1: Meet in Chen Court
12 pm & 2 pm

Our knowledgeable guides will bring the story of The Forbidden City to life!
Cost: $5 with admission to The Forbidden City exhibition.

11 am to 4 pm

  • Artifacts
    Enjoy a touch table of Chinese artifacts and hear the stories from our ROM Gallery Interpreters that make ancient times come
    to life.

  • Chinese Tea Culture and Tasting
    Experience the the ancient art of Chinese tea culture provided by Chinese Tea Culture Canada Inc. Their mission is to promote and revitalize the wonderful Chinese tradition of preparing and drinking Chinese teas.

  • Photography Display
    Enjoy a selection of photographs entitled Beautiful China.
    Presented by the Center of International Cultural Exchange and with the support of the Chinese Consulate and the Ministry of Culture, China.

  • Interactive Demonstrations by Master Artists

    John Chen Han Chung (陳漢忠), is the Honorary President of Chinese Calligraphy Association of Canada,President of International Calligraphy Alliance of Canada, Co-Chair of Wutai Shan Buddhist Art Gallery Organizing Committee.  He has received numerous awards for his achievements in arts and culture promotion and development.  In 2012, John was nominated the Overseas Chinese Who’s Who and offered the special honour award in the 5th Chinese Calligraphy Festival.  Last year, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and World Calligraphy Outstanding Contribution Award in 2013.

    Peter Kinsun Law (羅建生) is a versatile professional artist whose artistic practice extends to Chinese paining, oil painting, watercolor and seal-making. Deeply fascinated by the landscapes of North America, Peter always seeks to explore the potentials of modern landscape paintings with traditional Chinese brushes, ink and pigments. Peter has held several solo exhibitions in Canada, China, Japan and Hong Kong.  He was awarded “The Best Originality” at the International Arts Expo in Beijing in 2009 and “The Cultural and Artistic Creativity at the International Arts Expo in Guangzhou in 2011.

    Siu Sheng Guan (關穗生) founded Shi Tai Art Gallery and spends most of his efforts on Chinese dry ink painting, Li style calligraphy and landscape oil painting. He has been a consultant and manager for the Chinese Calligraphy Association of Canada and is the chairman of China-Canada Art Exchange Association.  His works, found in many books and journals, have been exhibited in North America, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore. He has published two books: Sui Sheng Guan’s Dry-ink Landscape and Sui Sheng Guan’s Calligraphy.

    Tien Chang (章天柱)is the Vice Chairman of Chinese Artists Association of Canada. All Tien Chang’s art works show very distinctive characters and strong personality based on his interpretation of Asian arts and philosophy. His work is not limited by the conventional “eastern” or “western” medium but perusing the liberty of the visual language. Horse is a subject frequently used in his art works. Chang’s art pieces have been exhibited in Canada, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Japan, Korea and been collected by many public and private institutes. He has published two albums of his art works: Ancient Path, Western Trend, Tien Horse (2006) and Tien Horse in Ink & Wash (2012).

    Jordon Wu (伍川宇) was born in Guangdong, China, Jordan Wu grew up with a deep love for music and drawing from a very young age.  He became the Honorary President of Ontario Chinese Artists Association in 2006. He has developed an artistic style that was uniquely his own and dedicates his time to studying works of many international masters. His works have been exhibited at Toronto City Hall during Asian Heritage Month and his oil painting Magnificent Landmark was collected by City of Toronto in 2013. 

    Peng Ma (馬鵬) studied Chinese brush painting at Nanjing Teachers’ College in early 1950s.  As a student he also practiced print-making, sculpture, oil painting calligraphy and seal-engraving. In 1961 he graduated in excellent standing and joined the faculty of Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts.  As a teacher and a professional artist, Ma created many artworks for provincial and national exhibitions in China as well as for international touring exhibitions.  In 1989, Ma immigrated to Canada. Intending to challenge and to further develop Chinese brush painting, Ma extensively depicts Canadian landscapes, local colors, and his own contemporary life experiences.  He also introduces different viewpoints, techniques from various art forms, such as oil paintings, sculptures and mixed-media form the West to enrich his painting.

Faces to Remember: Chinese Portraits of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 - 1911)
Level 1
Faces to Remember: Chinese Portraits of the Ming and Qing Dynasties10 am to 5:30 pm

Get an up-close look Chinese portraits created during the Ming and Qing dynasties, that come from the renowned collections of the Museum’s Far Eastern section.

Showcasing a culturally important, but often-overlooked aspect of Chinese art and culture, the exhibition’s portraits are astonishing in their detail and embedded symbolism.  The visual appeal of the exhibition’s 25 works – some remarkably large - is enhanced by a number of sartorial and personal accessories, objects carefully selected for their resemblance to those seen in the paintings.

The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors
Level 2B
10 am to 5:30 pm

For over 500 years, the gates of the world's largest imperial palace were closed to all but the emperor, his family and servants. This stunning new exhibition invites you to cross the threshold to see over 200 national treasures from Beijing's Palace Museum – some travelling outside China for the first time. Compelling characters, engaging stories, and family adventure frame these extraordinary objects as you journey from the gates of the outer court, through the inner court and into the emperor's private spaces, revealing the everyday lives of all those who paid a price to live inside The Forbidden City…

Level B1: Druxy's ROM Café
10 am to 4:30 pm

Enjoy Chinese themed specials and treats in Druxy's ROM Café!

  • Cantonese cabbage soup Small $3.00 Large $4.75

  • Fresh Ginger  Chicken served on scented white rice $8.95

  • Almond cookies $2.50

  • Custard tart $2.00

Plus applicable taxes.
ROM Members receive 10% on food and non alcoholic beverage items


Level 1: ROM Museum Store
10 am to 6:30 pm

Find unique Chinese themed gifts for that special someone or take home a memento of your ROM visit.

Chinese Cultural Heritage Weekend organized by the Royal Ontario Museum and the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto.

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