Free family event featuring fireworks finale, dragon and lion dance parade, music, arts and crafts including Chinese lanterns and paper cutting, plus fortune telling, family yoga, face painting, tours and more.
A spectacular Dragon and Lion Dance, cultural performances, martial arts demos, live music, food trucks, fireworks, arts and crafts, wellness activities and Museum tours are on tap as the Crow Collection of Asian Art host its biggest-ever street festival celebrating Chinese New Year – Year of the Monkey. In what has become the largest Chinese New Year festival in the Southern U.S., the 17th annual festival takes place in the Dallas Arts District Saturday (Feb. 13) from 11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Also, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings will be at the main stage at 6 p.m. to welcome guests and introduce the popular kung fu performances, dragon dance and 8-person lion dance.
Highlights include traditional Chinese New Year art-making activities such as decorating red envelopes, and making monkey masks and glowing paper lanterns, plus calligraphy demonstrations, face painting, fortune telling, photo booth and family yoga. Also, there will be a diverse assortment of food trucks including Bobaddiction, Bombay Chopstix, Simply Dosa, and Nammi, and for the fourth year in a row, there will be an exclusive VIP hospitality lounge available for Friends of the Crow Collection.
Saturday (Feb. 13) from 11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
11 a.m. JK Wong Kung Fu Tai Chi Academy Four-Lion Dance. The four-member Lion and Dragon Dances bring good luck and fortune for the new year with their stylistic movements and rich symbolism.
11:30 a.m. C.A. Weaver Elementary: 5 Little Monkeys. Enjoy a performance of “5 Little Monkeys,” sung in Chinese by the Kindergarten students at C.A. Weaver Elementary, a Mandarin Chinese Language & Leadership school in Garland. Through the Crow Collection’s Asia Connect Program, students learned a Chinese song, created their own monkey masks in honor of the Year of the Monkey, and visited the museum to learn more about Asian art and culture.
11:35 a.m. Cézanne Quartet: Chinese Traditional Music Compilation. Formed in 2014, the Cézanne Quartet is the Peak Fellowship Ensemble-in-Residence at SMU Meadows School of the Arts. The quartet is named after the French impressionist painter Paul Cézanne and consists of Eleanor Dunbar and Mai Ke on violin, Steven Juarez on viola and Elizabeth White on cello.
12:15 p.m. Director's Welcome. Executive Director of the Crow Collection of Asian Art, Amy Lewis Hofland, will give welcome remarks and discuss the significance of the Crow Collection's Chinese New Year Festival.
12:25 p.m. HappyFeet Dance School: Traditional Chinese Dance. Incorporating classical Chinese music as well as exquisite costumes and clothing, the Happy Feet Dance School beautifully depicts the grace and charm of traditional Chinese dance.
1:10 p.m. Tai Chi Master Shang Wei Kui: Chen Style Tai Chi. Watch a demonstration of Chen Style Tai Chi by Shang Wei Kui, Master of Tai Chi from the Henan Province where Tai Chi originated.
1:30 p.m. Chinese Yo-Yo Club: Chinese Yo-Yo Demonstration. The Chinese yo-yo is the second oldest toy in the world! Enjoy a demonstration of the Chinese yo-yo art form from the Dallas Chinese Community Center's Chinese Yo-Yo Club.
2:00 p.m. Dallas Chinese Community Center: Traditional Fashion Show. Enjoy a fashion show featuring a variety of traditional royal attire found across China.
2:10 p.m. Jasmine Chinese Dance Troupe featuring special performance by Alyssa Kanghe and Yixiao Liu: Traditional Chinese, Mongolian and Uyghur Dance. Founded January 2008 in Plano, the Jasmine Chinese Dance Troupe specializes in Chinese classical and folk dance, as well as Traditional Chinese fashion shows.
3 p.m. Ben Tsao: Magic Show. Enjoy a magical performance by Ben Tsao, one of the few Asian comedy magician acts in the DFW area.
3:10 p.m. UT Dallas Friendship Association of Chinese Students and Scholars (UTD-FACSS): Chinese Pop Compilation. The UT Dallas Friendship Association of Chinese Students and Scholars (UTD-FACSS) presents a compilation of Chinese pop songs that includes an a cappella medley of Jay Chou, a well-known contemporary Taiwanese musician.
3:20 p.m. Julia Zhu: Bian Lian. Face-changing, or bian lian is an ancient Chinese dramatic art that is an important part of the Sichuan Opera and rarely seen outside of China. Performers wear vividly colored masks, typically depicting well known characters from the opera, which they change from one face to another almost instantaneously with the swipe of a fan, a movement of the head, or wave of the hand.
3:30 p.m. North America Chinese Qipao Society: Qipao Fashion Show. Qipao or cheongsam are one-piece Chinese dresses that have been around since the 17th century. Traditionally worn in the royal palace until the 1920s in Shanghai when the dress became widely popular and fashionable by socialites and upper class women.
4:20 p.m. HuaYun Chinese Orchestra featuring special performance by Sophia Liu: Traditional and Folk Chinese New Year Music. Founded in 2012, Huayun Orchestra is a most prominent Chinese music group in the DFW area that is composed of a variety of traditional Chinese instruments including Erhu, Banhu (strings), Pipa, Zheng, Ruan (plucked strings); bamboo flute (woodwind) and Yangqin (percussion).
5:20 p.m. Chinese New Year Trivia. Show off your knowledge of Chinese New Year and receive a prize to commemorate your time at the Year of the Monkey celebration.
5:30 p.m. Apollo Chamber Ensemble: Chinese Instrumental Pop Music. Hailing from Plano, this chamber group is uniquely known for their adaptation of Chinese pop music using classical instruments including violin, cello, double bass, and piano.
6 p.m. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings remarks to welcome guests and introduce the popular kung fu performances, dragon dance and 8-person lion dance
6:15 p.m. J.K. Wong Kung Fu Tai Chi Academy: Eight-Lion Dance and Kung Fu Show. Enjoy an amazing kung fu performance and dragon dance followed by an 8 person lion dance.
7:15 p.m. | Fireworks. Fireworks and a lighted monkey syncopated with music from Spring Festival Overture will conclude the Crow Collection's Chinese New Year Festival
WHERE: Crow Collection of Asian Art (2010 Flora Street, Dallas, 75201)
PARKING: Let Becky know if you plan to attend, and she will send you a media parking pass for the Trammell Crow Center Garage (accessible from Harwood or Olive streets). Upon arrival, please call Stacie Adams at 214-552-6416.
About the Crow Collection of Asian Art
The Crow Collection of Asian Art features a variety of spaces and galleries with changing exhibitions of the arts of China, Japan, India, Korea and Southeast Asia drawn from cultures ancient and contemporary. Sixteen years in operation, this lovingly curated free museum offers a serene setting for quiet reflection in the heart of the Dallas Arts District. Dedicated to providing art and service to the Dallas-Fort Worth community with an emphasis on shared learning and fun, the Crow Collection has recently expanded its offerings with a lushly landscaped outdoor Sculpture Garden, a pedestrian-friendly lobby and entrance, and a Samurai Gallery to showcase the museum’s spectacular acquisition of a complete set of armor, considered one of the finest of its kind in the world. Learn more at crowcollection.org.