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Richmond Cherry Blossom Festival 2021
Welcome to the first virtual edition of the Richmond Cherry Blossom Festival!
Safely celebrate the arrival of spring with the 255 stunning Akebono sakura trees in Garry Point Park — available to Richmond residents and visitors from across the Lower Mainland through this year’s online program.
Kibou, or “Hope,” is this year’s festival theme. Hope is what kept us going through the many challenges of COVID-19 and is what keeps us looking forward to the end of the pandemic. Spring flowers also represent hope blossoming and sakura flowers in particular signify rebirth and renewal. Hope is the perfect symbol for 2021.
Experiencing the festival
In past years, the festival unfolded in a single day over a series of thematic tents in Garry Point Park. Through the online format, visitors can visit virtual tents to discover authentic Japanese art, music and culture. Photos and videos bring together reflections on past editions alongside new content from local Richmond artists.
Start your festival experience in the Sakura Tent, where you will hear special welcome messages from Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie and Consul General Takashi Hatori of the Consulate General of Japan in Vancouver, an introduction to this year’s event from the festival directors of the BC Wakayama Kenjin Kai (Wakayama Prefectural Association), and original musical performances.
We hope you enjoy exploring the Richmond Cherry Blossom Festival with your family and friends from the comfort of your home.