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World Umbrella Dance (April 13, 2013)

The World Umbrella Dance took place at Vancouver Art Gallery on April 13, 2013.

World Umbrella Dance (April 13, 2013)

Hundreds of people had a great time dancing to the music of Shabop!

World Umbrella Dance (April 13, 2013)

First, a warm up with Shiamak Vancouver.

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Then, the official dance.

World Umbrella Dance (April 13, 2013)

Tetsu Taiko was drumming to the beat of the music. A great combination!

World Umbrella Dance (April 13, 2013)

Two umbrellas getting cosy after the dance.  Beautiful design by Anthony Redpath.

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Here comes the rain again!

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Yep, it’s back to rainy weather, Vancouver.  But it doesn’t mean that you should stay at home. You can still take beautiful pictures of cherry blossoms under the rain. This was taken at Burrard station on April 4th during Cherry Jam.

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As a new cherry scout, there are three tools I find indispensable: my camera, the guide Ornamental cherries in Vancouver by Douglas Justice (to identify cherry trees) and my Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2013 designer umbrella!

If you’re coming to Sakura Days Japan Fair this week-end, you can buy the umbrella at VanDusen Garden Shop (or pick it up at Urban Tea Merchant in Downtown Vancouver).

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Did you know?  You can purchase the umbrella by itself to support the festival. (You don’t have to join the dance if you don’t want to).

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It’s not too late to join the World Umbrella Dance. There are still two rehearsals dates:  Monday April 8 at the Roundhouse and Friday April 12 at Kitsilano.   The dance will take place at the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza on Saturday April 13 2013.

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Umbrella Design by Anthony Redpath

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Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Umbrella designed by Anthony Redpath.

 

Buy your limited edition Pop-Art umbrella.

2013 Limited Edition PoP-Art Umbrella

With the umbrella design for the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, the form of blossom was distilled down to its most pure graphic form, while keeping the lines, shapes, and colours pleasing from a solely aesthetic point of view. At very close range, as in viewing a portion of the umbrella, one sees the shapes as simply graphic forms. The blossom is revealed as one takes in the whole open umbrella. The charm of the visual melody created by multiple umbrellas increases with the number of open umbrellas visible at the same time.

About Anthony Redpath

Anthony Redpath is a Vancouver based conceptual artist producing works that seem to toy with themes of allusion and paradox, using these to create images often laced with irony. With his strong sense of design and knowledge of technique, Redpath expresses his interest in contemporary art, popular culture and social issues through beautifully composed, crisp and resonant imagery. With four solo shows in 2012, awareness of Redpath’s work is growing rapidly. His work has been awarded by and featured in many publications, including Archive, Canadian Art, The National Post, Communication Arts, and Zoom magazine.

World Umbrella Dance

Saturday, April 13, 2013, hundreds and hundreds of dancing umbrellas will perform to “Shabop” on the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza. The first rehearsal is coming up soon at False Creek Community Centre so register now and practice at home with the online instructional video to really show off your moves! You can pick up your umbrella at anytime with your PayPal receipt at the VanDusen Garden Shop (5251 Oak Street) or Urban Tea Merchant (1070 W Georgia Street) or at rehearsal. You may also show your support of the festival and purchase the gorgeous umbrella by itself for the same price.