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The City of Vancouver has announced two public events to mark its 125{+t}{+h} birthday. On April 6, the 125{+t}{+h} anniversary of the incorporation of the city of Vancouver, the city will hold what it's calling a Birthday Live event at Jack Poole Plaza with live music, visual art and children's activities.

"This will be a big family event," said Mayor Gregor Robertson as he made the announcement Monday night, noting that the Olympic cauldron will be lit.

"And yes," he added, "there will be birthday cake."

On July 8-10, the city will hold a multi-disciplinary, multi-stage festival in Stanley Park. Called Summer Live, it will feature music stages, visual art installations, spoken word and storytelling, and a children's stage.

The city is planning a number of other arts initiatives to mark the city's 125{+t}{+h} anniversary, including a public art program, a poetry conference and a Vancouver 125 Legacy Books Project, which will see 10 lost classic Vancouver books reprinted.

By being designated a cultural capital for 2011 by the federal government, the city has received $1.75-million from Ottawa, which is going toward funding these events.

Mr. Robertson made the Birthday Live and Summer Live announcement at the launch of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.

"It's going to be a great year ahead," he said. "It's going to be an exciting year to celebrate our history, our present day and our future."