Lunar New Year


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Saturday, February 9, 2013
10:00AM – 5:00PM


(New Haven, CT) – The Chinese Arts Festival in New Haven, a day-long event offering cultural programs for adults and children of all ages, will take place on Saturday, February 9, 2013 in celebration of the Year of the Snake.

The Chinese Arts Festival in New Haven kicks off at 10:00AM with a traditional lion dance on Whitney Avenue between Grove Street and Trumbull Street. Celebrate alongside the famed Wan Chi Ming Hung Gar Institute’s lion dance troupe as they bring good luck and prosperity to the New Haven merchants and community members. Join us again from 1:00PM – 5:00PM for a collection of hands-on Chinese arts and culture workshops. The diverse offering includes presentations and performances of traditional Chinese instruments by the renowned EastRiver Ensemble, a Peacock Dance demonstration by Dai ethnic tribe dancer Xi Wang, a snake petting zoo, a Tai Chi workshop with Grandmaster Aiping Cheng, opportunities to learn traditional Chinese dances with Yale student dance troupes, a master painting demonstration with renowned Chinese landscape artist Sun Dawei, Chinese calligraphy and papercutting sessions, a Yale-China Fireside Chat with Beijing-based culinary author Audra Ang, and learn about Chinese New Year celebrations. Each of the twelve exhibits and workshops presents a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the nuances of Chinese arts and culture.

The Snake is one of twelve designated animals celebrated as part of the Chinese calendar based on the lunar calendar. The Year of the Snake begins on February 10, 2013 and ends on January 30, 2014.

The venue locations for the Chinese Arts Festival in New Haven are: Henry R. Luce Hall at Yale University (34 Hillhouse Avenue), New Haven Museum (114 Whitney Avenue), and Yale-China Association (442 Temple Street). All events are free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register and view the complete schedule of events, please

The Chinese Arts Festival in New Haven is organized by the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University, New Haven Museum, and Yale-China Association. Special thanks to Yale Programs in International Educational Resources.

The Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University (CEAS) promotes education about East Asia both in the college curricula and through lectures and workshops, conferences, cultural events, and educational activities open to faculty, students, K-16 educators, and the general public. CEAS has been designated a National Resource Center for the study of East Asian languages and cultures by the U.S. Department of Education. Support for this day of Chinese arts and cultural programming has been provided by a Title VI National Resource Center Grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

The New Haven Museum, founded in 1862 as the New Haven Colony Historical Society, is located in downtown New Haven at 114 Whitney Avenue. The Museum is currently celebrating 150 years of collecting, preserving, and interpreting the history and heritage of Greater New Haven. Through its collections, exhibitions, programs and outreach, the Museum brings over 350 years of New Haven history to life.

The Yale-China Association inspires people to learn and serve together. Founded in 1901 by graduates of Yale University, we foster long-term relationships that improve education, health, and cultural understanding in China and the United States. We value direct personal relationships and two-way exchanges characterized by mutual benefit, independence, trust, and understanding. We encourage participants and program alumni to become leading contributors to a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world. We focus our work on regions and sectors where there is great need. We seek to implement high-quality programming with long-term impact and significant cross-cultural interchange.

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