Chinese New Year Events in Chicago and Envisioning China Festival

Chinese New Year Events in Chicago and Envisioning China Festival
This year's Lunar New Year Parade is from 1 to 3 p.m., February 2

On the heels of Chinese New Year 2014, starting January 31 (typically celebrated over a two-week period), the University of Chicago will kick off a five month Envisioning China Festival of Arts and Culture.  The new festival, now through June 15, 2014, will feature over 40 events and exhibitions related to Chinese cultural history at the University of Chicago.

The majority of the diverse selection of art, film, music, and performance events will be free and open to the public, supporting the festival’s mission of creating a dialogue around Chinese art and heritage.

The Envisioning China Festival will launch with the opening of the Smart Museum of Art’s “Performing Images: Opera in Chinese Visual Culture,” an exhibition of late imperial Chinese works, and present varied offerings throughout the University of Chicago campus. These will include everything from screenings of classic Chinese opera films to world premiere performances by acclaimed Chinese musicians.

The festival will also showcase art, film, music, conversation, and performances.

In anticipation of the Envisioning China Festival, visitors can get a head start this weekend at Chicago’s Chinese New Year celebrations honoring “the year of the horse.”  Say goodbye to “the snake” and saddle up with the horse for these Chinese New Year celebrations uptown, downtown and all around the town:

  • Chinese New Year’s Kickoff, noon, January 31, Daley Plaza, will feature dance, martial arts, lion dancers and more presented by the Chinese Fine Arts Society
  • Chinese New Year Celebration with Redmoon Theatre, Navy Pier Ballroom, February 1, features performances followed by fireworks, 6 p.m. free, 600 E. Grand
  • Year of the Horse Celebration, 2 to 4 p.m., February 1, Chinese-American Museum of Chicago, showcases lion dance, new year traditions and Chinese tea, $12, 238 W. 23rd, 312 949 1000
  • Lunar New Year Parade, Uptown, 1 p.m., February 1 will feature floats, marchers, and lion and dragon dancers. Parade route: Just east of the Red Line, the parade will head East down Argyle and complete a square via Sheridan, Ainslie and Broadway then back to Argyle.
  • Lunar New Year Parade, 1 to 3 p.m., February 2, Chinatown, parade will feature lion and dragon dances, marching bands, and floats. Parade route: North on Wentworth Ave., then west on Cermak Rd.

Envisioning China: A Festival of Arts and Culture, February 13 – June 15, 2014, For a complete schedule, click here.

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