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Chinese New Year Celebrations 2018

Please join us in celebrating the Year of the Dog. All of these events are open to the public and free of charge!

Chinese New Year Kick Off at the Chicago Cultural Center
Friday, February 16, 2018
12:00PM – 1:00PM
Preston Bradley Hall

A multi-arts performance featuring Lion dance, Taichi, Mongolian throat singing, the award-winning Flying Fairies dance troupe, and a sneak peak of the Chongqing Chuanju Opera Theater, direct from Sichuan, highlighting the mysterious and thrilling art of mask-changing and Chinese acrobatics. More info

Global Connections: Chinese New Year
Saturday, February 24, 2018
1:00PM – 5:00PM
Aon Grand Ballroom, Navy Pier

An extravaganza of dance, martial arts, music and drumming on three stages, kicked off by the Chinese Cultural Center Lion Dance Troupe! Please note the new venue this year.
More info

Chinese New Year Lantern Celebration
Saturday, March 3, 2018
1:00PM – 7:00PM
Art Institute of Chicago (afternoon); Maggie Daley Park (evening)

Bring friends and family for a day of fun to celebrate the Lantern Festival, the last day of the two week Chinese New Year celebration! Enjoy performances inspired by the Art Institute’s newly opened Chinese Bronzes exhibit; design and make some lanterns; and join in a Lion Dance-led lantern procession across the pedestrian bridge from Millennium Park to Maggie Daley Park
More info

To see more Year of the Dog Events happening around Chicago, click here

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Celebrate Qixi at Arts in the Dark

 Join us on August 14 to celebrate “Chinese Valentine’s Day” with Arts in the Dark. The free family-friendly lantern procession along the Chicago river will be led by Chinese Fine Arts performers. Attend one of our lantern making workshops (details to be posted soon!), bring your own, or simply turn up and enjoy the spectacle.

The procession will begin at 8:30pm and travel along the south side of the Riverwalk from the jetty between Franklin and Wells traveling east towards Lake Shore Drive.

Presented in partnership with LUMA8 and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.

August 14, 8:30pm
Chicago Riverwalk (Between Franklin & Wells)

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Music Festival in Honor of Confucius 2018 Date

We are pleased to announce the 33rd Music Festival in Honor of Confucius will be April 22, 2018 at the Merit School of Music. More information about registration will be forthcoming. We apologize for the delay and appreciate your patience! For more information about the competition, please see this page.

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