Media are welcome to attend the Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival. To inquire about accreditation for working media contact Anita Webster, Media Relations,

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The Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival celebrates its 26th anniversary this year. We have stories about our history, our sustainability agenda, dragon boating through the centuries and our teams – some come for the fun, some for the competition, some for their cause.

Kicking things off: This year we will hold the traditional Blessing Ceremony at 5 pm on Friday, June 20th at the dock near Creekside Community Centre. Come and see Taoist priests “awaken the dragons” from their winter nap. Invited guests will “dot the eyes” of the dragons as part of this colourful ritual. Great photos to be had!

As events kick off on the plaza stage at 6 pm, watch for a First Nations feature this year. Cuban-Soul-Rock icon Alex Cuba is on stage at 8 pm.

Urban Impact’s impact: Joining us in our aim to be clean and green is returning sponsor Urban Impact. We welcome about 100,000 people during our event, and thanks to Urban Impact and our team of volunteers, you won’t see much waste – and you will see Urban Impact’s “zero waste stations”. Together we’ll be teaching, raising awareness and talking about recycling during the Festival.

Volunteers – we couldn’t do it without them: We think our volunteers are great. We have close to 400 and many have been with us for years – and won’t go home even when their shifts are over! Call or email me if you’d like to profile a volunteer.

They can’t see you beating them: Eye of the Dragon is a team of visually-impaired paddlers and their supporters. Boy, are they excited this year – they are celebrated their 20th year together plus they qualified to compete in Italy this September in the “World Club Crew Championships” – believe us – it’s a big deal! The team also serves as a real-world dating service. Two married couples on the team will tell you all about that!

Got your weekend tea-time? In our Global Tea-Tasting Room visitors will learn about pairing traditional Chinese, Taiwanese, African and Japanese teas with seasonal local foods. What’s not to like?

Anita Webster
Media Relations
604 732-7035 / 604 313-6568