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New Street Banners Going Up in Winnipeg’s Chinatown

February 4, 2014 8:26 AM | News

By Tyler Sutherland

Year of the Snake Banner

A worker installs a banner in Chinatown on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 to honour the Year of the Snake. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA FILE)

The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ unveiled 18 new street banners in Chinatown on Tuesday.

Part of the BIZ’s annual Chinatown Banner Competition, the banners celebrate the Chinese New Year in Chinatown. The winning designs are mounted on poles surrounded by Main Street, Princess Street, Logan Avenue, and James Avenue.

The winning Year of the Horse banner design was selected among 48 entries, by a jury made up in part by members of the Chinese and arts communities. Victoria Buen, a second year RRC Graphic Design student, will receive an $800 honorarium for her winning design.

“These newly added banners will help define the boundaries of Chinatown for those coming to and from the heart of the city, while providing a refreshed look and design to welcome residents and visitors to this unique Winnipeg area,” said Stefano Grande, Downtown BIZ executive director. “This competition also helps to celebrate local artists, giving them an opportunity to showcase their work in a significant way.”