Lunar New Year Festival Family Day

Sun, Jan 22, 2012 @ 10:00am - 4:00pm



Join MOCA for a day of family festivities in celebration of the Lunar New Year! MOCA will ring in the year of the Dragon with family-friendly tours, workshops, a lion dancing performance, and arts and crafts activities.





Lunar New Year Gallery Tours
Join us on a family friendly tour and learn about customs and traditions of the Lunar New Year.
10:30 am; 1:00 pm; 3:00 pm; 4:00 pm



11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Lion Dance Performance and Workshop
Participate in the ancient art of the Chinese Lion Dance with the United East Athletic Association. Learn about why we see Lion Dancing during the Lunar New Year and participate in the ancient art of the Chinese Lion Dance with the United East Athletic Association. All ages

12:30 PM -1: 15 PM
Learn Mandarin with Gordon & Li Li
Celebrate the Year of the Dragon by learning Mandarin with Gordon & Li Li. Gordon & Li Li are cousins. Gordon is from Brooklyn, New York and Li Li is from Beijing, China. When Li Li travels to Brooklyn to meet Gordon, they realize they speak different languages. Have fun learning simple, everyday words in Mandarin with local author, Michele Wong McSween. Art project and book signing will follow the reading. Best for ages 6 and under.


2:00 PM-2:45 PM
New Year Festival Dances
Margaret Yuen and the Red Silk Dancers present an interactive program of festival dances to welcome the year of the Dragon. Join in the snaking of the Dragon Dance for prosperity; feel the spirited Peace Drum Dance of Northern China; be inspired by the power of the Wushu Sword; and be captivated by the swirling Red Silk ribbons dancing in the air! All ages


3:15 PM-4:00 PM
Calligraphy Demonstration
New Year spring couplets are simple decorations of well wishes for homes and businesses. Multitalented artist and children’s book author, Mingmei Yip, will conduct a workshop about the significance of this New Year tradition, and make spring couplets to give away. Ages 6 and up


Ongoing from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Celebrate the year of the Dragon by making your own Lunar New Year decoration at one of our arts and crafts activity stations: Paper Folding, Knot Making, and Dragon Pop Up Book Making. All ages


10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Teaching Artists Demonstrations
Artists from the Chinese Cultural Art Association will be conducting demonstrations throughout the day.


Admission: $10 General Admission; MOCA Members and Children aged 1 & under Free




Major support for MOCA's Festival Family Day Series is provided by:




MOCA’s Festival Family Days series is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State’s 62 counties; and the National Endowment for the Arts.





Lunar New Year Dragon designed exclusively for MOCA by Jonathan Lo