University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Lunar New Year Festival

Saturday 19 January 2019
1:00PM - 8:00PM
Penn Museum

Chinese New Year Dragons

Get ready to roll in the Lunar New Year with a vibrant daytime festival and evening performances at the Penn Museum. In many Asian communities around the world, the Lunar New Year is among the most important and festive holidays of the year. This family-friendly day features traditional dance and music, contemporary Asian film, tangram workshops, martial arts demonstrations, storytelling, calligraphy, and art-making for all ages. Join in the traditional Lion Dance, then grab a cocktail as the festival kicks into high gear with Korean pop music, and performances to ring in the new year. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Presented in partnership with the Asian Arts Initiative.

Family-friendly activities (1:00 pm - 5:00 pm) are free with Museum admission.
Evening festival activities (5:00 pm - 8:00 pm) are $15; members, $10.

Schedule for the Day:

1:00 pm Chinese Dance Performance by Little Mulan Dance Troupe of Great Wall Chinese School
1:00 - 3:00 pm Drop-In Calligraphy Workshop
1:30 pm Learn about the Zodiac with Chinese for Families
2:00 pm Classical Khmer Dance Performance by CAGE (Cambodian American Girls Empowering) Dance
2:30 - 3:30 pm Film Series presented by the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival
2:45 pm Eastern Music vs. Western Music with Kurt Jung and Qin Qian
3:00 pm Mandarin Language Tour: Highlights of the Penn Museum Collections
3:15 pm Kung Fu Demonstration by Cheung’s Hung Gar Kung Fu Academy
4:00 pm Lion Dance Parade with performers from Cheung’s Hung Gar Kung Fu Academy
4:30 pm K-Pop Dance Performance and Workshop with L8Nite Dance Group
5:30 pm Stand-Up Comedy by Gary Chau and Matthew Tsang
6:00 pm Taiko Drum Performance by Kyo Daiko
7:15 pm Ancestral Chamber Pop Music Performance by Murayama
All-Day Activities
(1:00 – 8:00 pm)
Craft Stations: Design your own hand-held fan or pig-inspired lantern to take home

Dragon New Year Wishes: Write down your wishes for the new year to help create a dragon mosaic

Games Table: Have fun completing Tangram puzzles and playingYut, a traditional Korean board game

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