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2014 Lunar Chinese New Year Celebration

The Lunar New Year is the most important holiday of the year for many Asian families. Lunar New Year, commonly known as Chinese New Year, is an official holiday in many countries including China, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam. It begins on the day of the new moon which is the first day of the first month of the year according to the Lunar calendar and ends on the full moon 15 days later culminating in a traditional Lantern Festival.

2014 marks the Year of the Horse on the Lunar calendar and begins on January 31 and culminates in Lantern Festival on February 15, 2014.

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The Bellevue Collection, partnering with The Taiwan Benevolent Association of America, The Overseas Chinese Affairs Council (ROC) and Seattle Chinese Cultural and Arts Association welcomes in the 2014 Lunar New Year, sharing in the cultural heritage of our community and extending the celebration to two days of events on February 8 from 11am - 6pm and February 9 from 1 - 5pm at Bellevue Square in Center Court.

This year's Chinese New Year celebration features numerous traditional and contemporary cultural demonstrations including martial arts, music, dance, and visual arts. The festival is open to audiences of all ages and includes complementary fun activities for all to participate in.

2014 Chinese New Year events include the Martial Arts Groups, Chinese Opera, Traditional Dance and Music, plus family friendly activities with renowned Seattle artists on both days including:

  • Face Painting (畫臉) by Chen Cao, Faith Ho, Grace Tseng
  • Writing your name in Chinese Calligraphy by Sue Hwang

Be sure to catch the exciting Chinese Lion and Dragon Parade during the "New Year Spectaculars" from 2pm - 3pm. An integral part of the Chinese culture, the traditional lion dance and dragon parade is a symbol of strength and good luck to the community.

Saturday February 8

11AM - 12PM

Celebrating The Modern and The Traditional

  • Techno Third Prince Nezha (電音三太子) by Taiwan Traditional Folk Performing Troupes
  • Wu Dang Tai Chi (武當武術) by The International Wu Dang Martial Arts Academy


12PM - 1PM

Art and Culture of Chinese Calligraphy

  • Calligraphy 書法 by Professor James H. Chou
  • Calligraphy 書法 by Artist Ben-Sam Ho
  • Calligraphy 書法 by Artist Sue Hwang


 

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1PM - 2PM

Connecting to History and Culture through Music and Dance

Performance by Huayin Performing Arts Group

  • Joyous New Year 歡樂新年
  • May The Year Be Bountiful 年年有餘
  • The Majestic Wild Goose 鴻雁
  • Tang Dynasty Poems-New Variation 唐詩新唱
  • The Melodious Pipa 妙音琵琶

Flute Solo (笛子獨奏) by Jin Liang Ji, Distinguished Flute Musician

Taiwan Guan Jiang Shou (官將首) by Taiwan Traditional Folk Performing Troupes—Chen Cao, Cliff Louie, Ching-Pi Wang, Vincent Wang


2PM - 3PM

Lunar New New Spectacular

Chinese Lion and Dragon Parade (龍獅獻瑞) by International Lion Dance & Martial Arts Team

Chinese New Year Blessing Mask Dance (跳加官) by Seattle Chinese Opera Academy

Martial Arts Performance (太極表演) by Wendy Tu(涂又文), Three Times International Tai Chi Champion

Techno Third Prince Nezha (電音三太子) by Taiwan Traditional Folk Performing Troupes


3PM - 4PM

Connecting to History and Culture through Music and Chinese Opera

Performance by Members of Washington Chinese Youth Orchestra

  • Yangqin Duet 雪絨花、春歌
  • Pipa Duet 同桌的人、趕花會
  • Erhu Unison 奔馳在千里草原
  • Dizi Solo 小推車
  • Ensemble 喜洋洋

Drunken Concubine 貴妃醉酒 by Hwa Sheng Chinese Opera Club—Opera performer Shi Min


4PM - 5PM

Rich Chinese Dance Cultures, Ethnic and Folk Dances

Performance by Hengda Dance Academy

  • A Whisper of Flame 小火苗
  • Fan Dance 撇扇
  • Flying Angel 飛天
  • Shan Wu Dan Qing 扇舞丹青
  • Korean Dance 快樂少女)

Performance by Seattle Folk Dance Club

  • Rainy Night Flower (雨夜花)
  • Ye Tao Hua (月桃花)

5PM - 6PM

Martial Arts Demonstrations

Martial Arts Demonstration (萬馬奔騰) by Northwest Wushu Seattle Martial Art School

Live Demonstrations
Live demonstrations will be performed by the renowned Seattle artists on both days


Sunday February 9

1PM - 2PM

Lunar New Year Gala

Lion Dance 舞獅by South Puget Sound Chinese Language School Lion Dance Troop

Yo-Yo Performance 扯鈴by Issaquah High School Yo Yo Club


2PM - 3PM

Connecting to History and Culture through Music and Dance

Performance by Huayin Performing Arts Group

  • Joyous New Year 歡樂新年
  • May The Year Be Bountiful 年年有餘
  • The Majestic Wild Goose 鴻雁
  • Tang Dynasty Poems-New Variation 唐詩新唱
  • The Melodious Pipa 妙音琵琶

Chinese Zither 古箏 by Seattle GuZheng Studio

  • Horse Racing 賽馬
  • Spring Down To The Snow Mountain 雪山春曉
  • West lake Moon 西江月
  • Harvest drum 豐收鑼鼓


3PM - 4PM

Connecting to History and Culture through Martial Arts & Opera

Chinese Wushu Taichi 武術太極 by Chinese Wushu & Taichi Academy

  • 24 forms Yang Style Taichi Chuan 簡化二十四 式楊式太極拳
  • Chen Style Taichi Old Frame one 陳式太極老架一路
  • Taichi Push Hands 太極推手

Drunken Concubine 貴妃醉酒 by Hwa Sheng Chinese Opera Club—Opera performer Shi Min


4PM - 5PM

Celebrating The Traditional and The Modern

Shaolin Martial Arts– Kung Fu 少林功夫by Seattle Shaolin Kung Fu Academy

Monkey King 孫悟空大鬧天宮by Chen Cao, Seattle Chinese Opera Academy

Techno Third Prince Nezha 電音三太子 by Taiwan Traditional Folk Performing Troupes



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