Calgary Chinatown

Lamppost Banner Contest

About Calgary Chinatown

Calgary Chinatown is an iconic place and cultural community that prides itself for its heritage, open space and Asian streetscape and architecture. It is a most walkable, accessible and livable community, a thriving authentic small-business district, an intergenerational social and community hub, and a most visited local and tourist destination.

What is Chinatown Lamppost Banners?

Have you noticed the 'panda' lamppost banners in Chinatown? The Lamppost Banners are part of the Chinatown BIA's on-going effort to improve the visitor experience and create lasting memories.

Why do we need new banners?

The current lamppost banners were installed 3 years ago. Next, Chinatown is defining the next stage in Tomorrow's Chinatown. This presents a great opportunity for Calgarians to express their appreciation through art to beautify Chinatown. We are looking for your designs.

Contest Details

  • Calgary Chinatown BIA will select THREE designs*

  • Each winning designer will win $800 CASH PRIZE

  • The winning artworks will be deployed to the new banners and displayed in Chinatown starting in 2021 for up to 3 years.

  • Multiple submissions are accepted.

*We have divided Chinatown into THREE zones to deploy the new designs:

1. 3rd Ave. S.E. and Centre St.

2. 2nd Ave. South between the Chinese Cultural Centre & Harry Hays Building

3. 1st St. S.W. (around the Chinese Cultural Centre) & Sien Lok Park


Age: Must be 18 or above

Theme: Our Chinatown, Your Community

Specifications: A pair of banners at 24 inch (W) x 48 inch (H) each

Your submission must include:

  • Examples of the artists' past works

  • A brief description of your submission

  • A rough sketch, a conceptual expression that reflects the description of your submission


Deadline: December 28, 2020

Submit your designs to

Winners Selected: January 8, 2021

Banner Deployment: February, 2021

Should you have any questions, please contact:

©2020 by the Calgary Chinatown Business Improvement Area. All Rights Reserved.

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