Celebrate the Year of the Ram at our 16th annual free Chinese New Year Celebration.
Highlights include traditional Chinese New Year art-making activities such as decorating red envelopes, and making sheep headbands and glowing paper lanterns, plus calligraphy demonstrations, face painting, fortune telling, photo booth and family yoga. Also, there will be a diverse assortment of food trucks including Bobaddiction, Bombay Chopstick, Simply Dosa, and Nammi, and for the second year in a row, there will be an exclusive VIP hospitality lounge available for members of the Friends of the Crow Collection.
11 am–Noon | JK 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 for the new year with their stylistic movements and rich symbolism.
Noon–12:15 pm | Chinese Folk Singers Enjoy a solo performance of Hometown by Jinhong Liu and a duet performance of Autumn Cicada.
12:15–12:45 pm | Jiaping Shi Dance School Featuring exquisite costumes and clothing, the group will present a variety of traditional Chinese dances, including On the Love of Lotus, Kang Ding Love Song, and Spring Dawn.
12:45–1:30 pm | HuaYun Chinese Orchestra Founded in 2012, this group features traditional instruments such as Erhu, Banhu (strings), Pipa, Zheng, Ruan (plucked strings), bamboo flute (woodwind), and Yangqin (percussion).
1:30–1:45 pm | Director’s Intermission Amy Lewis Hofland, Executive Director of the Crow Collection of Asian Art, will offer festival insights.
1:45–2:15 pm | UTD Chinese Dancing Crew This group was registered as an official dance team at The University of Texas at Dallas in 2013. They perform Jazz, Popping, Locking and Hip-hop styles both on and off campus.
2:15–2:45 pm | Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Listen to the smooth sounds of this jazz ensemble, recently selected as a finalist in the 58th annual Monterey Jazz Festival.
2:45–3:15 pm | Magician Enjoy a magical performance by Ben Tsao, one of the few Asian comedy magician acts in the DFW area.
3:15–4 pm | Jasmines Chinese Dance Troupe Founded January 2008 in Plano, this group of experienced dancers specializes in Chinese classical and folk dance, as well as traditional Chinese fashion shows.
4–4:15 pm | Sponsor Spotlight Intermission Enjoy a brief intermission and learn about the Carrollton Christian Academy Language Immersion Program, one of the sponsors of the Crow Collection’s 2015 Chinese New Year Festival.
4:15–5 pm | Dallas Asian American Youth Orchestra The DAAYO creates a special blend of musical styles, from Western classical to Eastern Asia.
5–6 pm | SMU Meadows World Music Ensemble Under the direction of Jamal Mohamed, the ensemble’s performance will include Chinese music learned on a recent trip to China performing and collaborating with Chinese musicians.
6–6:15 pm | Chinese New Year Trivia Intermission Show off your knowledge of Chinese New Year and receive a prize to commemorate your time at the Year of the Ram celebration.
6:15–7:15 pm | JK Wong Academy: Nine-Lion Dance and Kung Fu Show Enjoy an amazing Kung Fu performance followed by a nine-person Lion Dance.
7:15 pm | Fireworks by Star S Productions SFX Fireworks and a lightedram syncopated with music: Symphony 1997—Jubilation by Tan Dun.