Vancouver Olympic Anniversary Events

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The one year anniversary of the greatest winter Olympic games in the history of the games is upon us and the city has planned a grand celebration for February 12th, which happens to fall on a Saturday so you don’t have to skip out on work or school. Here is what the city has planned for that day.

The City of Vancouver will be working with the Downtown Vancouver BIA to throw a street party on Granville and Robson. Partners involved are being worked out right now, but it’s looking pretty sweet. The concept is that it will be a sampler of the best things about the Olympics.

Olympic Cauldron to be re-lit.

Olympic Glory Relived on Granville Street: From Noon to 9pm Granville Street from Smithe to Dunsmuir will be closed off to traffic for the following:

  • They’re planning on having the best buskers, and street hockey, but are also currently working on getting the rights to project onto the walls of the buildings – Twitter Feeds to a specific Hash Tag, a Collection of People’s Olympic Photos, and sports footage.
  • The Mint will be having the medals on site. People will need to make a reservation to view and take a photo with the medals online and that will be announced soon.

Olympic Street Hockey:
As a part of the festivities happening on that day, street hockey will be one of the main attractions for the thousands of spectators. Vancity Buzz’s very own Amie Nguyen has assembled an all girls team and our managing editor Crystal Kwon (who can’t play hockey) is organizing a celebrity game.

There is also a parade planned down Robson and Granville street ending with a fire dance in our hockey rink in the 700 block of Granville St. The Mint will be open for the day with special Olympic features as well and there will be VIP involvement throughout the course of the day including Olympians from last year’s games.

LunarFest 2011:

  • This beautiful Winter Games legacy event on the grounds of the Vancouver Art Gallery will run from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. through Feb. 13.

Illuminate Yaletown 2011

  • Yaletown will be having their 2nd annual Illuminaries Light Festival.

The Province will have activations at Robson Square with musical performances yet to be announced. Four Host First Nations will be there

Also:

  • Return of the Flash Mobs.
  • A @DowntownVan event will run from 12-9. but this may change depending on our partners.
  • They will be lighting the Torch at Jack Poole Plaza. Right now it’s scheduled for 4pm with dignitaries.
  • The VAG will be open that day and FREE, just like during the Olympics.

Creekside Community Recreation Centre:

  • Free family-friendly community event in the Creekside gymnasium from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The event will feature a range of Olympic and Paralympic themed activities including a hockey sledge race, winter sports on Wii, pin trading, 2010 memorabilia on display and a big-screen TV showing Games highlights. Organized by Vancouver Parks and Recreation.

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