Year of the Snake Chinese Arts Festival

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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 visit www.yalechina.org/snake.


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.


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