Monday, January 20, 2014

A Whole Day of FREE Activities in Salem

Lunar New Year celebration at PEM
Exciting day of FREE activities Saturday, February 1

SALEM, MA — Join the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) on Saturday, February 1 to celebrate the Lunar New Year and mark the beginning of the Year of the Horse. Enjoy a full day of festivities including  traditional lion dances, a film set in Boston's Chinatown, sword play, traditional crafts and more!

All programs FREE with museum admission | For reservations, please call: 978-745-9500 x3011


10 am-4 pm
Lion Head Color Painting
Be inspired to create your own lion head mask after watching one of the dances.
Red Envelope Lanterns
Create Space
Red envelopes, given away at the Chinese New Year and other celebrations, are traditionally filled with money to ensure good luck in the year to come. Use them to create a symbolic red lantern to take home.

10:30-11 am
Cubs Lion Dance
The Cubs, dancers ages 6 to 9, demonstrate the strength, skill and coordination required to perform the lion dance.
11-11:30 am
Lion Dance
Gund Kwok Asian Women's Lion Dance Troupe performs this traditional dance to ward off evil for the coming year. After the show, talk to the performers and see their costumes up close.
11:30 am and 2 pm
Chinese Dulcimer Guzheng Youth Band
Morse Auditorium
Tickets available day of program
Join us for two 40-minute performances by young musicians who have mastered ancient Chinese instruments.
Noon-12:45 pm
Make a Move | breakdancing
East India Marine Hall
2:15-3 pm
sword play
East India Marine Hall
Join Martin Lee, from Freestyle Motions, in two workshops. The first combines key elements from martial arts and breakdancing and the second introduces the basics of sword play.
1 pm
Diabolo, Drumming and Folk Dances
The Chinese Folk Art Workshop presents traditional dances for the New Year. Also, listen to drumming and see tricks with the diabolo.
1-3 pm
Up Close with Silk
Drop by the exhibition Fish, Silk, Tea, Bamboo: Cultivating an Image of China to explore the hidden symbols in a silk robe.
3 pm
Freckled Rice
Morse Auditorium | Suggested for ages 13 and up
Tickets available day of program
This beautiful and bittersweet look at Boston's Chinatown during the Kennedy years centers on Joe Soo, a 13-year-old boy coming to terms with his Chinese-American identity. 1938. 48 minutes. Directed by Steven C. Ning. In English and Cantonese with English subtitles.

The Gund Kwok Dance Troupe usher in the new Lunar Year with traditional Chinese dances and drumming. Photo by Jason Fan.


I hope to see you there, or here!


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