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Chinese New Year Family Festival

February 10, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Sunday, February 10, 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
General Admission: FREE
Ticketed Workshops Members: Adult $15; Children $5 (Become a Member Now!)
Non-Members: Adult $20; Children $5

Kick off the Year of the Pig with China Institute’s signature New Year Celebration for families. The festival opens with a lion dance followed by New Year-themed workshops and activities including dumpling making, lantern-making, Music at China Institute workshops, Chinese New Year Woodblock Printing with Dr. Li Mingjie, a puppet performance by Yu’er Liu, face painting, New Year treats, games, and a special music performance by the Stephanie Chou Trio.

Event Schedule

11:00 AM: Lion Dance

11:45 AM–12:45 PM:
Workshop Session 1
Dumpling Making Workshop1* Register Now
Paper Lantern Workshop1* Register Now
Music at China Institute Workshop: Percussion Play (Ages 4+) Register Now

1:00–1:45 PM:
Interactive Music Performance – Stephanie Chou Trio

1:45–2:45 PM:
Workshop Session 2
Dumpling Making Workshop2* Register Now
Paper Lantern Workshop2* Register Now

2:00–3:00 PM:
Music at China Institute Workshop: The Incredible Erhu (Ages 8+) Register Now

2:15–2:30 PM:
Puppet Performance – Yu’er Liu

Description of Music at China Institute Workshops

Music Workshop 1: Percussion Play (ages 4+)
11:45 am – 12:45 pm
In this interactive musical workshop designed for younger learners and their caregivers, participants will experience the colorful world of Chinese percussion instruments through stories, demonstrations, and the playing of drums and cymbals. Each child will be given a small drum to take home with them.

Music Workshop 2: The Incredible Erhu (ages 8+)
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The erhu, sometimes called a two-string fiddle, is one of the most representative of Chinese instruments. In this hands-on interactive workshop for older children and adults, participants will learn about the erhu, hear stories about its role in Chinese culture, and be able to play a short song by the end of the session.

These workshops are offered as part of Music at China Institute (华美音乐), a collaboration with the Bard College Conservatory of Music and its US-China Music Institute, which brings the teaching of Chinese traditional music to people of all ages and backgrounds in the heart of New York City. More workshops and classes will be offered later this spring!

About Dr. Li Mingjie – Chinese New Year Woodblock Prints

Dr. Li Mingjie (李明洁), Professor of Folklore Institute, School of Social Development at East China Normal University, teaches and researches on folklore culture in China and its relations to the fast changing contemporary society. A visiting scholar to U.S., Europe and HK, Dr. Li has published widely in academia and for the general public. While exhibiting original Chinese Lunar New Year woodblock prints from early 20th Century, Dr. Li will also lead an interactive activity for the participant to experience traditional woodblock printing techniques.


February 10, 2019
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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