World Tea Party: VictoriaJune 25, 2004 - June 25, 2004
Since 1993, the World Tea Party has been a continually evolving international celebration of the art and culture of the world’s most-loved beverage ?tea! Victoria launches its own World Tea Party with an exhibition, tea tastings, lectures and other special events. At the centre of the World Tea Party is an exhibition about tea and the rituals of tea from around the world. Drawing on the collections of the Art Gallery, the Maltwood Museum, the BC Archives, as well as private collections, the exhibition includes historical and contemporary teawares in porcelain, stoneware, silver, pewter and glass from many different cultures and times ? ranging from 10th century Song dynasty in China to present-day British Columbian pottery. Among surroundings of art, tables and curio cabinets, the exhibition recreates different cultural approaches to the ritual of tea, from the centuries-old Japanese chanoyu tea ceremony and the lesser known Japanese sencha (leaf tea) ceremony, to the 18th century English tea salon and an early 20th century Victoria setting. Look for other related events in the community over the summer, including at Craigdarroch Castle and Emily Carr House.
World Tea Party – Victoria is a joint project of the Community-University Research Alliance Program (CURA) at the University of Victoria and the World Tea Party Society (Vancouver), funded by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Tuesday to Friday, 2-4:00pm
July 13-July 30, 2004
Join us for a ‘spot’ of tea in the historic Spencer Mansion on Tuesdays through Fridays in July. These special tea tastings offer a selection from around the world. Stop by after attending one of the special events listed below.