On Saturday, February 9, 2019, the Kennedy Center hosted a number of free activities highlighting Chinese culture for kids of all ages. Everyone was welcomed to this fun-filled day of activities and entertainment! Family Day is part of the Kennedy Center’s annual Lunar New Year festivities. This year celebrated the Year of the Pig with special events showcasing the arts and culture of China’s Guangdong Province.
Guests enjoyed a variety of activities and demonstrations throughout the day. Folk artists and performers from Chengdu provided a variety of activities and demonstrations including face painting, traditional costume photo booths, marionette lion puppets, and lantern making. Guest performers also gave Cantonese music demonstrations, introduced audiences to Lingnan puppets, and performed contortionist shows. There were also Cantonese traditional lion dances throughout the event.
GW volunteers provided beautiful calligraphy demonstrations for the guests. Young children eagerly observed as the calligraphers painted their names and new year’s greetings on small red lanterns. The volunteers worked hard at multiple stations to keep up with the large number of guests excited to participate. Some guests even tried their own hand at writing Chinese characters under the instruction of the calligraphers.
Admission was free and open to the public.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The Embassy of the People's Republic of China
The GW Confucius Institute
The Department of Culture and Tourism of Guangdong Province
Administration of Culture, Radio, Film, Television, Press and Publication of Guangzhou Municipality
Embassy of the People's Republic of China
AM Capital Star, LLC
Zigong Lantern Festival & Trade Co, LTD.