Chinese New Year Festivalat Crow Collection of Asian Art
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Say goodbye to the Year of the Ram and celebrate the Year of the Monkey at the Crow Collection’s signature Chinese New Year Festival. Highlights include must-see performances every hour, traditional Chinese New Year art making activities, calligraphy demonstrations, face painting, fortune telling, and much more. Come early to enjoy the food trucks and lion dances, and stay late for our grand finale fireworks display in the heart of the Dallas Arts District. Plus, for the third year in a row, there will be an exclusive VIP hospitality lounge available for members of the Friends of the Crow Collection.
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Master of Ceremonies | Jessica Chu
Jessica Chu is an upper school mathematics teacher at The Hockaday School in Dallas. She received her B.S. and M.A. in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin. Outside of work, Jessica volunteers with the Dallas Chinese Community Center (DCCC) and helps coordinate Chinese Youth Camp (CYC). She also enjoys cheering for the Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Mavericks.
11:00 AM | J.K. Wong Kung Fu Tai Chi Academy: Four-Lion Dance
The four-member Lion and Dragon Dances demonstrated here are meant to bring good luck and fortune to the new year with their stylistic movements and rich symbolism. This exciting performance is sure to bring joy to all.
11:30 AM | C.A. Weaver Elementary: 5 Little Monkeys
Enjoy a performance of “5 Little Monkeys,” sung in Chinese by the Kindergarten students at C.A. Weaver Elementary, a Mandarin Chinese Language & Leadership school in Garland. Through the Crow Collection’s Asia Connect Program, students learned a Chinese song, created their own monkey masks in honor of the Year of the Monkey, and visited the museum to learn more about Asian art and culture.
11:35 AM | Cézanne Quartet: Chinese Traditional Music Compilation
Formed in 2014, the Cézanne Quartet is the Peak Fellowship Ensemble-in-Residence at SMU Meadows School of the Arts. The quartet is named after the French impressionist painter Paul Cézanne and consists of Eleanor Dunbar and Mai Ke on violin, Steven Juarez on viola and Elizabeth White on cello.
12:15 PM | Ceremonial Welcome
Executive Director of the Crow Collection of Asian Art, Amy Lewis Hofland, will give welcome remarks and discuss the significance of the Crow Collection’s Chinese New Year Festival.
12:25 PM | HappyFeet Dance School: Traditional Chinese Dance
Incorporating classical Chinese music as well as exquisite costumes and clothing, the Happy Feet Dance School beautifully depicts the grace and charm of traditional Chinese dance.
1:10 PM | Tai Chi Master Shang Wei Kui: Chen Style Tai Chi
Watch a demonstration of Chen Style Tai Chi by Shang Wei Kui, Master of Tai Chi from the Henan Province where Tai Chi originated.
1:30 PM | Chinese Yo-Yo Club: Chinese Yo-Yo Demonstration
The Chinese yo-yo is the second oldest toy in the world and is known as the “empty bell” since the shape of it resembles two empty bells that are manipulated by a string. Performers of the Chinese yo-yo could often be found in the ongoing street entertainment of Chinese festivals. Enjoy a demonstration of the Chinese yo-yo art form from the Dallas Chinese Community Center’s Chinese Yo-Yo Club.
2:00 PM | Dallas Chinese Community Center: Traditional Fashion Show
The mission of the Dallas Chinese Community Center is to promote Chinese culture and to foster diversity through educational, cultural, and recreational programs and activities that enrich the lives of immigrants and broad American society. Enjoy a fashion show featuring a variety of traditional royal attire found across China.
2:10 PM | Jasmine Chinese Dance Troupe featuring special performance by Kang He and Yixiao Liu: Traditional Chinese, Mongolian and Uyghur Dance
Founded January 2008 in Plano, the Jasmine Chinese Dance Troupe is a group of experienced dancers, drawn together by their common passion for traditional Chinese dancing. The Jasmine’s specialize in Chinese classical and folk dance, as well as Traditional Chinese fashion shows.
3:00 PM | Ben Tsao: Magic Show
Enjoy a magical performance by Ben Tsao, one of the few Asian comedy magician acts in the DFW area.
3:10 PM | UT Dallas Friendship Association of Chinese Students and Scholars (UTD-FACSS): Chinese Pop Compilation
The UTD Chinese Student Union presents a compilation of Chinese pop songs that includes an a cappella medley of Jay Chou, a well-known contemporary Taiwanese musician.
3:20 PM | Julia Zhu: Bian Lian
Face-changing, or bian lian is an ancient Chinese dramatic art that is an important part of the Sichuan Opera and rarely seen outside of China. Performers wear vividly colored masks, typically depicting well known characters from the opera, which they change from one face to another almost instantaneously with the swipe of a fan, a movement of the head, or wave of the hand.
3:30 PM | North America Chinese Qi Pao Society: Qi Pao Fashion Show
Qipao or cheongsam are one-piece Chinese dresses that have been around since the 17th century. Qipao was created in the 1920′s in Shanghai and became widely popular and fashionable by socialites and upper class women.
4:10 PM | Intermission
4:20 PM | HuaYun Chinese Orchestra featuring special performance by Sophia Liu: Traditional and Folk Chinese New Year Music
Founded in 2012, Huayun Orchestra is a most prominent Chinese music group in the DFW area that is composed of a variety of traditional Chinese instruments including Erhu, Banhu (strings), Pipa, Zheng, Ruan (plucked strings); bamboo flute (woodwind) and Yangqin (percussion). Special guest performance by Sophia Liu, a graduate of Wuhan Conservatory of Music and the China Conservatory of Music, and a member of the Hubei Opera and Dance Drama Theater, and the China Coal Mine Art Troupe.
5:10 PM | Lucy Xu: Beijing Opera The Drunken Beauty
The Drunken Beauty, also known as The Hundred-Flower Pavilion, is one of the most outstanding works of Beijing Opera master Mei Lanfang, this play is the result of Mei’s life-time effort. Enjoy the beautiful depiction of the story of Yang Guifei, a scorned concubine of the Emperor Li Longji of the Tang Dynasty, who goes through a myriad of emotions and cups of alcohol.
5:20 PM | Chinese New Year Trivia
Show off your knowledge of Chinese New Year and receive a prize to commemorate your time at the Year of the Monkey celebration.
5:30 PM | Apollo Chamber Ensemble: Chinese Instrumental Pop Music
Hailing from Plano, this chamber group is uniquely known for their adaptation of Chinese pop music using classical instruments including violin, cello, double bass, and piano.
6:10 PM | Mayor Mike Rawlings
6:15 PM | J.K. Wong Kung Fu Tai Chi Academy: Eight-Lion Dance and Kung Fu Show
Enjoy an amazing kung fu performance and dragon dance followed by an 8 person lion dance.
7:15 PM | Fireworks
Fireworks and a lighted monkey syncopated with music from Spring Festival Overture will conclude the Crow Collection’s Chinese New Year Festival.
On the Street
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM | Food Trucks
Bombay Chopstix, Simply Dosa, Ssahm BBQ, Spin Sushi, Nammi, Bobaddiction, Easy Slider, Trailer Cakes, Rockstar Bakeshop, Vegan Noms, Cajun Tailgators, BellaTrino
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM | Photo Booth
Have your photo taken by My Live Photos and get a chance to upload your photos in real-time during the event to share with friends. Free photos to print or download will be available at mylivephotos.com
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM | Marketplace
Visit booths and participate in activities with the Dallas Chinese Community Center, The Asian Magazine, North America Chinese Qi Pao Society, UT Dallas FACSS (Friendship Association of Chinese Students and Scholars) and UT Dallas Ascend, UNT International, Asian Film Festival of Dallas, Dallas International School, Savannah College of Art & Design, Dallas United Crew Delite Dragon Boating Team, Monkey King Noodle Company, Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce (GDAACC), ACP Foundation, and Against the Grain Productions.
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM | Lotus Shop Pop-Up Shop
Come browse the Lotus Shop’s outdoor tent for a unique selection of children’s gifts, jewelry, accessories, books, and souvenirs.
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM | Crow Café
Stop by the Crow Café for hot chocolate and coffee available for purchase.
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM | Face Painting
Have your face painted by the artists of Your Enchanted Face. Offered on a first come, first serve basis.
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Tell Your Story
Community comes from sharing experiences and moments together. We invite you to spend a moment in our Tell Your Story booth located in the Lotus Shop and share memories and reasons why you celebrate Chinese New Year.
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Members Lounge
Friends of the Crow Collection are invited to the Members Lounge to enjoy traditional Chinese New Year refreshments and a simulcast of the main stage.
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM | Lucky Red Envelope Art Activity
Make your own lucky red envelope and feed the envelope filled with coins to the lions during the 6:15 pm lion dance performance to bring happiness and luck throughout the year of the monkey.
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM | Chinese Lantern Art Activity
The use of lanterns during Chinese festivals dates back more than 2000 years. Create your own glowing Chinese lantern to light up any night.
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM | Year of the Monkey Mask Art Activity
People born during the year of the monkey are known to be playful, curious, and creative. Use your creative skills to personalize a monkey mask.
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM | Chinese Dragon Puppet Art Activity
Using the techniques applied in jianzhi, a traditional style of papercutting in China, create your own legendary dragon puppet.
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Calligraphy
Calligraphy artists from TAO Arts will demonstrate traditional Chinese brush painting featuring flowers, Chinese characters, and monkeys.
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Family Yoga
Children as young as two years old and their favorite adult can join certified yoga instructors for an engaging parent and child yoga session in the galleries.
2:00 PM | Magic Show
Join Ben Tsao for a magic show like no other, then check out his main stage performance at 3 pm.
3:00 PM | Spotlight Talk
Join our new curator, Dr. Jacqueline Chao, for a tour of our Sculpture Garden and explore Chinese sculpture from the ancient to the contemporary.
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM | Kung Fu For You
Today is your turn to practice Kung Fu and align your body and mind in this fun packed class.
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM | New Year Qigong
Qigong (pronounced chee-gong) is the deepest root of traditional Chinese medicine and martial arts. Enjoy a short demo by certified Qigong Therapist Chris Bouguyon, who will teach you a few moves that you can do at home to improve your wellbeing.