Flushing Town Hall has announced the fourth annual Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar, which is being expanded next month because of overwhelming popularity. The event, which illustrates Flushing Town Hall’s mission to present multi-disciplinary global arts that engage and educate the global communities in New York, celebrates one of the most significant traditional holidays in Chinese culture with the Chinese American community during the Lunar New Year.
Flushing Town Hall held a news conference on Tuesday, January 16 to unveil details. Attending and speaking – among others – were: Ellen Kodadek, Executive and Artistic Director, Flushing Town Hall; Ya Yun Teng, Community Outreach Chinese Project Director, Flushing Town Hall; Minwen Yang, Honorary Chair, Chinese Cultural Committee, Flushing Town Hall; Tai Wang, Member, Chinese Cultural Committee, Flushing Town Hall; Mei Chan, Chairwomen, Council of Chinese- American Associations; Jingru Shen, Paper-cutting artist; Yianqiu Zhang, Lantern-making artist; Jingquan Lin, Calligrapher; Kongyuan Wang, Calligrapher; and, Qiang Yun, Calligrapher.
Flushing Town Hall is co-presenting the Temple Bazaar with the Council of Chinese-American Associations (CCAA) for a greater lineup of cultural programs, bringing performers from the Anhui province to New York City and presenting classic episodes and arias from Hui opera and Huangmei opera, the popular regional opera originated from Anhui province. The CCAA has extensive experience collaborating with artists from China, bringing them to the U.S. to present at various folk art festivals.
Due to popular demand, Flushing Town Hall is extending the Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar from one to two days on Saturday, February 10 and Sunday, February 11. On February 10, Flushing Town Hall will kick off the Temple Bazaar with a New Year’s parade at 9:30 AM. The march will start in front of the Flushing Queens Library, walking along Main street and making a turn on Northern Boulevard to Flushing Town Hall.
That day’s programming will then showcase a variety of performances, including Chinese traditional music, Chinese circus performances, and lion dance. Renowned calligraphers will write New Year couplet onsite for guests to bring home for a good year. The Bazaar also will feature craft stations such as paper-cutting and lantern-making, and food vendors representing various Chinese regional cuisine.
Then on Sunday, February 11, the Anhui Performing Arts Group will perform traditional Hui and Huangmei opera and Anhui folk songs during as three-hour event. To accommodate the special presentation on February 11, there will not be any craft stations or food vendors that day.
Visit www.flushingtownhall.org throughout the month for updates on the schedule of activities and performances.
Flushing Town Hall encouraged people to purchase tickets early, due to sellout crowds over the last few years. For tickets and more information, visit www.flushingtownhall.org; (718) 463-7700 x222.
The Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar (中國新年廟會） is co-presented by Council of Chinese-American Associations (CCAA; 美國紐約華人社團聯席會), and sponsored by New York Shandong Association（紐約山東同鄉會）, and WAC Lighting/Glow Foundation. We thank Northern Food I/E (北方食品公司）, Inc. for sponsoring CCAA to support The Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar.
Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts dba Flushing Town Hall is a not for profit organization which receives major support from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Mayor Bill de Blasio; Queens Borough President Melinda Katz; New York State Assembly Member Ron Kim; Council Members Costa Constantinides, Daniel Dromm, Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Barry Grodenchik, Peter Koo, Karen Koslowitz, and Paul A. Vallone; and the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and the Lily Auchincloss Foundation.
Support is also provided by 888 Realty USA, William & Joan Cai, Cathay Bank, Chang Jiang Supermarket, Michael Cheng / Epos Development, Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou / New York Institute of Culture and the Arts, Con Edison, Crossings TV, Culture Center of TECO in New York, Decorama Building & Plumbing Supplies, Exploring the Metropolis, Firstrade Securities, Kuang-Yu Fong / Chinese Theatre Works, Barbara Garii, Howard Graf & Kathy Donovan, Heather Harrison / Farrell Fritz, the Glow Foundation, David M. Hunter, Raymond D. Jasen, the Jim Henson Foundation, Nelson Lee / Flushing Bank, James S. Liao, Steven Lii / New United NY Corp, Linden Arts Fund for Children, Lucy Liou, the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Materials for the Arts, the NYC & Company Foundation, William McClure / Queens College, New York Community Trust, Georgiana Reese-Benatti / New York Community Bank & New York Community Bank Foundation, RuDance / Asian American Dance Sport Corp., Sterling National Bank, Mike Sperendi & Jan Schneider, Veronica Tsang, WAC Lighting, Tony & Tai Wang, George Xu / Century Development Group, Minwen Yang, Hank Yeh, and Sandy Yeh.
*Contributions for FY18 at the $500 level and above, and received as of December 1, 2017 are listed.
About Flushing Town Hall
Flushing Town Hall (FTH) presents multi-disciplinary global arts that engage and educate the global communities of Queens and New York City, in order to foster mutual appreciation. As advocates of arts equity since 1979, we support local, immigrant, national, and international artists, developing partnerships and collaborations that enhance our efforts. As a member of New York City’s Cultural Institutions Group (CIG), we serve to restore, manage and program the historic 1862 landmark on behalf of the City of New York. FTH celebrates the history of Queens as the home of Jazz, by presenting the finest in Jazz performance. We are committed to arts education and hands-on learning, for the arts-curious, arts enthusiasts, and professional artists. We serve one of the most diverse communities in the world, and strive to uphold the legacy of inclusiveness that has defined our community since the Flushing Remonstrance of 1657.