CHINESE NEW YEAR FESTIVAL TO BE HELD AT THE HUNTINGTON FEB. 4–5
Jan. 27, 2012
SAN MARINO, Calif. –Visitors can experience the beauty of Chinese music, dance, and culture at a Chinese New Year festival on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 4–5, at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Celebrating the Year of the Dragon, the festival gets under way Saturday at 11 a.m. (grounds open at 10:30 a.m.) with an exuberant performance by dragon and lion dancers on the lawn near the north entrance to the Chinese Garden. Other activities will include mask-changing performances (bian lian), painting and calligraphy demonstrations, noodle pulling, musical performances, children’s book readings, martial arts, and more. Visitors on Saturday can also purchase freshly cut flowers—a traditional way to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Activities on both days will be ongoing until 4 p.m.
The Huntington’s Chinese Garden, Liu Fang Yuan, the Garden of Flowing Fragrance, will be one of the focal points of the festival. Inspired by the traditional scholar’s gardens of Suzhou, China, this breathtaking landscape features a large lake, tile-roofed pavilions, stone bridges, a tea shop, and native Chinese plants set against a wooded backdrop of oaks, redwoods, and pines.
Program Highlights:(except where noted, activities are offered both days)
|Dragon and lion dancers ||11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. |
|Martial arts & Qigong ||11 a.m. & noon |
|Musical performances ||11 a.m. to 4 p.m. |
|Chinese brush painting demonstrations ||11 a.m. to 2 p.m. |
|Calligraphy demonstrations ||11 a.m. to 4 p.m. |
|Chinese landscape painting ||11 a.m. to 4 p.m. |
|Children’s book reading and signing: |
Oliver Chin, Year of the Dragon
|11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.|
|Noodle pulling||11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.|
|Martial arts||12:30 p.m. (Sunday only)|
|Tai chi demonstrations||12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. (Saturday only)|
|Mask changing (Bian Lian)||2 p.m. & 3 p.m.|
|Flower market ||All day (Saturday only) |
|Penjing display (miniature trees & rockery) ||All day |
All festival activities are included with general admission to The Huntington: $20 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students (age 12–18), $6 youth (age 5–11), and free for children under 5. The group rate is $14 per person for groups of 15 or more. Members are admitted free. For additional information call (626) 405-2100 or visit huntington.org.
East West Bank is the corporate sponsor of the event. Additional funding provided by the Justin Vajna Memorial Fund for Educational Programs in the Chinese Garden.
CONTACTS: Lisa Blackburn, 626-405-2140, email@example.com
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About The Huntington
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution serving scholars and the general public. More information about The Huntington can be found online at huntington.org.
The Huntington is located at 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, Calif., 12 miles from downtown Los Angeles. It is open to the public Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from noon to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Sunday, and Monday holidays from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Summer hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day) are 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Tuesdays and major holidays. Admission on weekdays: $15 adults, $12 seniors (65+), $10 students (ages 12–18 or with fulltime student I.D.), $6 youth (ages 5–11), free for children under 5. Group rate $11 per person for groups of 15 or more. Members are admitted free. Admission on weekends and Monday holidays: $20 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students, $6 youth, free for children under 5. Group rate $14 per person for groups of 15 or more. Members are admitted free. Admission is free to all visitors on the first Thursday of each month with advance tickets. Information: 626-405-2100 or huntington.org