Flushing Town Hall rings in the Lunar New Year this season with an array of programs celebrating the Year of the Rooster – from shadow puppets to a parade and the popular, third annual Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar.
“Flushing Town Hall offers global arts for a global community, and our Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar provides an opportunity for everyone to experience the unique cultural atmosphere in which the Lunar New Year is celebrated by Chinese people,” said Ellen Kodadek, Executive and Artistic Director at Flushing Town Hall. “Chinese culture is so rich that it is simply impossible to witness all in one day, and we are privileged to present some of the best to our global community this season.”
The Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar – held on the first day of the Lunar New Year on Saturday, January 28 – will begin with a parade led by a dragon team. The parade starts at 9:30 AM at the Queens Library on Main Street in Flushing and ends at Flushing Town Hall on Northern Boulevard.
In light of overwhelming attendance at the Bazaar the first two years, Flushing Town Hall will hold two sessions during the day: attendees can purchase tickets to attend either the 11:00 AM or 2:00 PM session. People are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance, as the event traditionally has sold out quickly.
In addition to various workshops and vendors, performances provided in the two sessions will be slightly different. Chinese knots, dough figuring, calligraphy, paper cutting, dance, a music ensemble, face change magic show, lion dance, Chinese juggling, traditional pastries, and many more activities await visitors.
The third annual Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar is supported by: Cathy Bank; Celestial Love Foundation; Chinese Culture Committee of Flushing Town Hall; The Glow Foundation/ WAC Lighting; Hakka Association of NY; New York Shandong Association; Queens Arts Education Center; Shanghai Commercial Bank; and, Rudance Ballroom Dance School.
Members of the Chinese Cultural Committee of Flushing Town Hall include: Kuang-Yu Fong, Co-artistic Director of Chinese Theatre Works; Kingston Lam, Founder of Orchid Tea House; Arthur Liu, Founder of Queens Art Education Center; Paul Ru, founder of RUDANCENY Ballroom Dance School; Tai Wang, Co-founder of WAC Lighting, Co. and The Glow Foundation, President of New York Chinese Chorus; Minwen Yang, Cultural Activist; Hank Yeh, Director of World Financial Group Marketing Director.
Among the other highlights of the Lunar New Year celebration at Flushing Town Hall are: Pauline Benton the Red Gate, an exhibition featuring a selection of rare Chinese shadow figures, opening on Feb. 3; a Rooster Shadow Puppet Workshop on Feb. 5 and Lunar New Year Shadow Puppet Slam on Feb. 17; and, the Korean Traditional Marching Band on Feb. 19.
Tickets to all events can be purchased at www.flushingtownhall.org or by calling (718) 463-7700 x222. Flushing Town Hall is accessible by car, bus, train and foot – located a short distance from the 7 train – at 137-35 Northern Blvd., in Flushing, Queens.
This season, Flushing Town Hall is opening its doors to teenagers – for FREE. Under the new “Teen Access Program”, all 13- to 19-year-old boys and girls (whether a member or not) will be welcomed to attend any performance for free. The program is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love in the arts and culture.