To mark the beginning of the lunar new year season and usher in the Year of the Dragon, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens will host a Chinese Cultural Arts Celebration 歡樂春節: 中國江蘇文化日 on Saturday, Jan. 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
According to the Chinese calendar, the new year officially begins on Jan. 23, 2012. Festivities traditionally continue for two weeks. The event is a prelude to The Huntington’s Chinese New Year Festival 龍年迎春會, which will be held on Feb. 4–5.
During the day-long Cultural Arts Celebration, visitors will be able to experience authentic Chinese music, theater, and folk crafts. Artists and performers from Jiangsu Province 江蘇, China, will present traditional puppet opera and demonstrate crafts such as inner-painted glass, paper cutting, and sugar sculpture. Dragon dancers and musicians will add to the spirit of celebration. Many of the day’s activities will take place in and around The Huntington’s Chinese garden, Liu Fang Yuan 流芳園, the Garden of Flowing Fragrance.
11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Chinese Brush Painting Demonstrations
11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Spring Thunder Chinese Music
11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Jiangsu Artists Demonstrations
11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Yangzhou Puppet Theater
Noon & 3 p.m.
Martial Arts Performance
12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
All presentations are included with general admission to The Huntington: $20 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students (ages 12–18), $6 youth (ages 5–11), and free for children under 5. Members of The Huntington are admitted free. For additional information, call 626-405-2100 or visit www.huntington.org
Corporate sponsorship provided by East West Bank.
The Chinese Cultural Arts Celebration is made possible in part by the Jiangsu Province and the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China, the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Los Angeles, Beauty Media Inc., and ICN TV Network.
Additional funding provided by the Justin Vajna Memorial Fund for Education Programs in the Chinese Garden.
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 www.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: 6264052100 or www.huntington.org.