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(San Francisco, CA, February 1, 2014) - The Chinese Culture Center will celebrate Chinese New Year with a Spring Festival on Saturday, February 15, 2014 from 11:00am-3:00pm. The Center is located at 750 Kearny Street, 3rd Floor in San Francisco’s Chinatown. The free Spring Festival’s theme of “Old School to New School” will feature traditional and modern dance from a wide variety of sources including minority cultures in China, western ballet, hip hop, and modern. Featured dance performers will include China Dance Theatre, Jerry Christopher Lin, and Shan Yee Pool Poon Ballet. All three have received numerous accolades for their beautiful dance performances. Other performances include traditional Chinese performances from Starr King Elementary School and Pacific Wushu; taiji by Debbie Au, and lion dance by Yau Kung Moon. Participatory art activities include beautiful effects from the calligraphy light table of Justin Hoover and Chris Treggiari of SanFranStudios and the Golden Mountain Calligraphy Society, and activities for kids by CCC’ss’ Mandarin Summer Camp.
The Festival will also celebrate the opening of the first first solo art exhibition in the United States of modern Chinese abstract art pioneer Fong Chung-ray. Between Modern and Contemporary: Fong Chung-ray will focus on the artist’s mature work, which incorporates styles over the course of his career. After a long career in Taiwan, the US and worldwide, Bay Area based and 1971 Rockefeller Foundation recipient Fong continues to make new work. The exhibit will run February 15-May 31, 2014 at the Chinese Culture Center.
The Spring Festival is an annual event, and the largest indoor Chinese New Year celebration in the United States. The Festival will personify the history of Chinatown and the ongoing Chinese-American experience of combining tradition and innovation with history and modernity. The Festival aims to foster a greater understanding of China in America and convey the optimism and forward-looking perspective of the neighborhood, its inhabitants, and the diaspora of its descendants.
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