Celebrate the Year of the Dog and the Chinese New Year in New Haven on Saturday, February 17, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., as the New Haven Museum teams with the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University and the Yale-China Association, to co-host Lunarfest 2018. The event offers fascinating hands-on workshops, talks, and performances for all ages. All activities are free and open to the public, but space is limited for some activities.
Lunarfest begins at 10:00 a.m. with a colorful lion dance and performances on Whitney Avenue, between Grove Street and Trumbull Street, and onto Audubon Street, and remarks by Mayor Toni Harp. Yale mascot Handsome Dan will join revelers in the parade up Whitney Avenue. From there, the fun moves indoors at 1 pm to three locations: New Haven Museum (114 Whitney Ave.), The Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University, Luce Hall (34 Hillhouse Ave), and the Yale-China Association (442 Temple St). Activities include children’s arts and crafts; calligraphy; music; dance lessons, paper-lantern making; language classes; cooking demonstrations; poetry; theatre; exhibits, and more.
The theme of Lunarfest 2018 is "People-to-People," reflecting a spirit of cross-cultural dialogue, specifically between the American and Chinese cultures. People-to-People also underscores the commonality of all people. Regardless of an individual’s culture, there are innate aspects of the human experience that connect us all around the world--humor, food, art, music, literature. This year’s festival will focus on promoting what brings us together—people-to-people.
The New Haven Museum has been collecting, preserving and interpreting the history and heritage of Greater New Haven since its inception as the New Haven Colony Historical Society in 1862. Located in downtown New Haven at 114 Whitney Avenue, the Museum brings more than 375 years of New Haven history to life through its collections, exhibitions, programs and outreach. For more information visit www.newhavenmuseum.orgor Facebook.com/NewHavenMuseum or call 203-562-4183.
The Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University promotes education about East Asia both in the college curricula and through lectures and workshops, conferences, cultural events, and educational activities open to faculty, students, K-16 educators, and the general public. Support for this day of Chinese arts and cultural programming has been provided by a Title VI National Resource Center Grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
The Yale-China Association inspires people to learn and serve together. Founded in 1901 by graduates of Yale University, Yale-China fosters long-term relationships that improve education, health, and cultural understanding in China and the United States. Yale-China envisions a U.S.-China relationship of mutual understanding and profound respect nurtured by collaboration among individuals and institutions.