Families with Children from China New England

Lunar New Year Festival at PEM

  • 13 Feb 2016
  • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA

The Chinese Lunar New Year is a 15-day celebration marking the start of the new year. Join us for this annual celebration as we mark the Year of the Monkey. Free with museum admission.

10 am-4 pm DROP-IN ART ACTIVITY Lucky Lanterns - Design your own lantern with local artist, author and illustrator Jennifer DeCristoforo. She developed the Lucky Bamboo Book of Crafts to share a connection with her adopted Chinese daughter's native culture.

11-11:45 am PERFORMANCE: Gund Kwok: Lion Dance - Kick off PEM's Lunar New Year celebrations with a lion dance performance by Gund Kwok, the only all-women lion dance group in the country. The Gund Kwok Lion Cubs, a group of 6- to 9-year-olds who have mastered lion dance skills, get the festivities started.

Noon-12:40 pm and 2-2:40 pm Chinese Dulcimer Guzheng Youth Band - Join us for performances by young musicians who have mastered ancient Chinese string instruments.

Noon-12:30 pm and 2-2:30 pm INTERACTIVE PERFORMANCES: Ribbon Dance - Watch professional dancer Liwen Wang demonstrate the art of ribbon dancing. Then learn some moves as she invites audience members to take part in a short performance.

12:30-1 pm and 2:30-3 pm Music and Drumming - Learn more about Chinese percussion from musician, teacher and conductor Chi-Sun Chan. Then have a go on the gongs, symbols and drums.

1-1:45 pm PERFORMANCE: Chinese Folk Art Workshop - Members of the Chinese Folk Art Workshop, all between the ages of 12 and 18, perform Chinese dances. Also see another lion dance, drumming and the diabolo (a traditional Chinese yo-yo) in action.

3 pm FILM Little Shaolin Monks - Recommended for ages 10 and up; Seats are first-come, first-served -Peek into the world of a group of 6- to 9-year-olds who live in the Shaolin Temple and practice the highest form of martial arts. 2007, 45 minutes, in Chinese with English subtitles.

More information at www.pem.org/calendar/event/1418-lunar_new_year


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