Introduction

Dr Henry Fok Cultural HallThe establishment of the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre was the culmination in a long process of negotiations with the City of Calgary that resulted in the Chinatown Area Redevelopment Plan (A.R.P.) in the early nineteen eighties.

Motivated by the historical mission to save Chinatown, a group of determined and concerned citizens bravely challenged a plan put forward by developers that could cause the disintegration of Chinatown. After almost two years of negotiations, a better A.R.P. for Chinatown was agreed by all concerned parties. In the process, a piece of land for a future cultural centre was obtained. The aspiration at that time was to construct a cultural centre, which would serve as a cornerstone to stimulate the otherwise sluggish growth of the Chinese community and to help the community integrates into the mainstream society. As such, all amenities and activities were made open and available to other ethnic groups.

The construction of this $10 million facility began in May, 1991 and the building completed in 1992. The Federal, Provincial and City governments as well as many generous donors and enthusiastic volunteers contributed a lot to make this project possible.

The inauguration of the Chinese Cultural Centre marked a new era in promoting Chinese culture actively to the main stream and by fostering cultural exchange between the East and West and to contribute to the Canadian spirit of multiculturalism meaningfully. Since its grand opening on 27 September 1992, the Cultural Centre has remained the focal point for community activities and a premier venue offering stimulating environment for cultural activities, arts talents and quality programs to the public.