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Venue:Peabody Essex Museum (PEM)
Dates:Saturday, February 13, 2016
Hours:10:00am - 4:00pm
Category:Special Events
lunar new year weekend festival photoThe Chinese Lunar New Year is a 15-day celebration marking the start of the new year. Join us for this annual celebration as we mark the Year of the Monkey.

10 am-4 pm
Lucky Lanterns
Create Space
Design your own lantern with local artist, author and illustrator Jennifer DeCristoforo. She developed the Lucky Bamboo Book of Crafts to share a connection with her adopted Chinese daughter's native culture.

11-11:45 am
PERFORMANCES - Gund Kwok: Lion Dance
Kick off PEM's Lunar New Year celebrations with a lion dance performance by Gund Kwok, the only all-women lion dance group in the country. The Gund Kwok Lion Cubs, a group of 6- to 9-year-olds who have mastered lion dance skills, get the festivities started.

Noon-12:40 pm and 2-2:40 pm
Chinese Dulcimer Guzheng Youth Band
Morse Auditorium
Join us for performances by young musicians who have mastered ancient Chinese string instruments.

Noon-12:30 pm and 2-2:30 pm
Ribbon Dance
East India Marine Hall
Watch professional dancer Liwen Wang demonstrate the art of ribbon dancing. Then learn some moves as she invites audience members to take part in a short performance.

12:30-1 pm and 2:30-3 pm
Music and Drumming
East India Marine Hall
Learn more about Chinese percussion from musician, teacher and conductor Chi-Sun Chan. Then have a go on the gongs, symbols and drums.

1-1:45 pm
Chinese Folk Art Workshop
Members of the Chinese Folk Art Workshop, all between the ages of 12 and 18, perform Chinese dances. Also see another lion dance, drumming and the diabolo (a traditional Chinese yo-yo) in action.

3 pm - FILM
Little Shaolin Monks
Morse Auditorium
Recommended for ages 10 and up
Seats are first-come, first-served
Peek into the world of a group of 6- to 9-year-olds who live in the Shaolin Temple and practice the highest form of martial arts. 2007, 45 minutes, in Chinese with English subtitles.



East India Square, Salem, MA, 01970 map
Phone: 978-745-9500


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