Lunarfest is a day-long event offering arts and cultural programs for adults and children of all ages in celebration of the Lunar New Year, kicking off with the Lion Dance down Whitney Avenue! This year, the theme of the festival is "People-to-People."
People-to-People reflects a spirit of cross-cultural
dialogue, specifically between the American and Chinese cultures. People-to-People also underscores the commonality of all people. Regardless of an individual’s culture, there are innate aspects of the human experience that connect us all around the world--humor, food, art, music, literature. This year’s festival will focus on promoting what brings us together—people-to-people.
The celebration kicks off at 10AM with a parade down Whitney Avenue between Grove Street and Trumbull Street led by Wan Chi Ming Hung Gar Institute’s Lion Dance performers and culminates in a performance by local artists on Audubon Street and a speech by New Haven Mayor Toni Harp. The Audubon Garage will offer free parking to the first 100 cars attending LUNARFEST, courtesy of Whitney-Audubon Retail & Arts District. After the parade, attendees are welcome to take advantage of a variety of discounts offered by local merchants of Whitney and Audubon in honor of LUNARFEST. Beginning at 12:30PM attendees may engage in a variety of family-friendly programs—including musical performances, painting demonstrations, martial arts demonstrations, arts and crafts, lectures, and dance.
Performers and presenters will include:
Tai Chi: An Art for All People
Shirley Chock, Aipeng Cheng Center
A Glimpse into the Canine Mind: How to Learn What Your Dog is Thinking
Angie Johnston, Canine Cognition Center
Erhu Musical Performance by Yang Wang
Yang Wang, Celadon Youth Orchestra
Ask the Sky and the Earth, an Oratorio Cantata for the Sent-Down Youth;
A Panel Discussion
Charles Lu and Wei Su
Wu Dang Kungfu Academy Marital Arts Demonstration
Master Jack and Company
“Love From a Poem”, an excerpt from The Jade Pin
Barbara Chan, Asian Performing Arts
Chinese Folk Dance Workshop
Sha Liu, Southern Connecticut Chinese Society
Stay tuned for the full schedule!