Saturday, August 4th & Sunday, August 5th: The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York with Free Performances & Crafts

The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York
Flushing Meadows Park, Queens
10am
Free

SATURDAY, August 4, 2012
10:30 AM – 11:30. Chinese Music Ensemble of New York
Founded in 1961 this Ensemble is the oldest and only full Chinese orchestra in the United States and the Americas. Its present membership of nearly fifth musicians plays practically every type of Chinese music on Chinese instruments, both ancient and modern. In this performance a smaller ensemble plays a selection of their repertoire.

11:30 – 12:30. Opening Ceremonies
Lions and Dragon Dancing Teams with Percussionists welcome all and, together with invited dignitaries, officially kick-off the 22nd annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York

12:45 – 1:30. Lion Dancers from Zhanjian, Guangdong, China.
This team is the recipient of China’s last Lion Dancers competition. sponsored by the Chinese Association of Lion Dancers and Dragon Dancing Teams (a division of China’s national Sport Association) They will perform the colorful and exciting Southern style of Lion Dancing.

1:30 – 2:30. The Bailen Brothers
Twin brothers, vocalists and instrumentalists, David (on drums) and Daniel (on bass), lead the band with their pop, R&B, and Rock music. Their albums focus on achieving great songs with singable melodies that are both stimulating compositionally and lyrically.

2:30 – 3:30. Shaolin Masters
Warrior monks from the Shaolin Temple perform martial arts. In the history of the Shaolin Temple, founded in 495 AD, generation after generation of monk generals and soldiers protected the temples from wars and riots of society.

3:30 – 4:30. Diana Leong and His Music, with IIISpokinn
Composer/cellist/trombonist Dana Leong blends jazz, classical and pop to create a signature sound. Dana’s pioneering collage of musical styles has garnered critical acclaim and wowed audiences around the world. He has collaborated with top jazz artists including Paquito D’Rivera, Christian McBride, Dafnis Prieto, and Henry Threadgill; and has worked with such diverse artists as Ray Charles, Barry White, Kanye West, Wynton Marsalis, Bjork, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Yoko Ono and Lila Downs.

SUNDAY, August 5, 2012

10:00 – 10:30. Mariachi Agulia y Plata.
This popular Mariachi band will welcome all to the second day of the festival and set the tone for a lively, energetic day.

10:30 – 11:00. New York Chinese Cultural Center, Dance China NY
The resident company from America’s premier traditional Chinese dance company, which includes international renowned artists, performs traditional and folk dances transporting audiences to a world of colorful myths, historical drama and timeless beauty.

11:00 – 12:00. Lion Dancers from Zhanjian, Guangdong, China.

This team is the recipient of China’s last Lion Dancers competition. sponsored by the Chinese Association of Lion Dancers and Dragon Dancing Teams (a division of China’s national Sport Association) They will perform the colorful and exciting southern style of Lion Dancing.

12:00 – 1:00 Brave New World
Multi talented composer/playwright/performer Napua Davoy embraces the 21st Century with a hybridization of influences and of her recent award winning musical Stella Rising. Backstage writes, “Davoy composes gorgeous music, plays a sensuous piano and has an exquisitely expressive voice.” Performing original and pop/jazz gems, she is joined by guitarist Dave Moreno and bassist Gaku Takanashi. www.napuadavoy.com

1:00- 2:00. Shaolin Masters
Warrior monks from the Shaolin Temple perform martial arts. In the history of the Shaolin Temple, founded in 495 AD, generation after generation of monk generals and soldiers protected the temples from wars and riots of society.

2:00 – 3:00. Ballet Folklorico Nuevo Amanecer de Jesus Cortez
Ballet folklorico combines elements of Latin American culture, history, folklore, and religion with rhythm and body movement. In these traditional dances of Mexico, the dancers wear traditional dress, often with ornate beading, embroidery, weaving and ribbons. Their dancing tells stories which often involves flirtation, love or jealousy

The Balloon Man (Twister) and face painter returns to the delight of all. Find them in the Arts & Crafts Tent.

ARTS & CRAFTS TENT
15+ artists will be demonstrating traditional Chinese crafts including calligraphy, rice doll making, bead stringing, kite making, jeweled ornaments, ribbon flowers, paper cutting and much more. Children will be able to try their hand at making their own crafts.

NON-PROFIT TENT
Visit the non-profit tent for information on programs and services.

AARP
Boy Scouts of America
Flushing Town Hall,
Girl Scouts of America
Hotel Chinese Association of New York, Inc.
New York Hall of Sciences
New York Hospital
Queens Library
Rubin Museum

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