Monday, January 20, 2014

New Haven Museum to hold Lunarfest Events in Celebration of "Year of the Horse"

NEW HAVEN The New Haven Museum and the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University and the Yale-China Association will act as co-hosts for " Lunarfest" a day of hands-on workshops, talks, and performances in celebration of the Year of the Horse, according to a release.

The Lunarfest events will be held from noo to 5 p.m. take place at several locations, from 12-5 p.m. on Saturday, February 1, 2014,. Rain date is Saturday, February 8, 2014. All activities are free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required at

The event is for all ages. The murseum is at 114 Whitney Ave. You can find it on Facebook as well.

Lunarfest begins at 10 a.m. with a colorful lion dance on Whitney Avenue, between Grove Street and Trumbull Street, and then moves indoors. For a complete list of activities visit here.

 The following is directly from the release:

New Haven Museum Lunarfest Events

12-12:45 p.m. - Fan Dance - Members of the Yale undergraduate organization Phoenix Dance Troupe will teach a popular modern interpretation of ancient Chinese court dances, including choreography utilizing colorful fans. Students learn to express individual artistry as well as coordinated formations needed to perform this dance. Recommended for ages 4-18.

 1-1:45 p.m. - Ribbon Dance - Instructors from the Xi Wang Dance Troupe will teach a popular modern interpretation of ancient Chinese court dance similar to the fan dance. Students of this workshop will learn to create flowing patterns and motions with handmade ribbons. Recommended for ages 4-18.

 2-2:45 p.m. Wuhsu Workshop - Local martial arts instructor Teake will give a demonstration on wushu and present the philosophy and training of wushu. Wushu has principles similar to those of tai chi and kung fu, promotes non-violence and utilizes coordinated movements among team members to demonstrate acrobatic and athletic agility.

12 p.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. - Mommy and Me, NIHAO NEW HAVEN!  The New Haven Chinese Language School hosts a fun class for toddlers and families. Participants will learn about Chinese traditions, sing songs, and make crafts. Recommended for pre-K and under.

12-4 p.m. - Arts and Crafts - While you are visiting the New Haven Museum exhibits and other Lunarfest activities, stop by the arts and crafts table in the rotunda for hands-on fun and creativity.

 For a complete listing of Lunarfest 2014 events and to register, visit, email, or call 203-432-3427

 The Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University 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. 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 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 envision a U.S.-China relationship of mutual understanding and profound respect nurtured by collaboration among individuals and institutions.

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