Celebrate Lunar New Year 2015 at The Bellevue Collection with Music, Dance, and Art for All Ages

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The Bellevue Collection, Seattle Chinese Culture and Arts Association, Overseas Community Affairs Council - Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Taiwan Benevolent Association of America welcome in the 2015 Lunar New Year. The exciting event will be held on February 21, 2015 from 11am - 6pm at Bellevue Square and will feature numerous traditional and contemporary cultural demonstrations including martial arts, music, dance, and visual arts.

The Chinese Dragon Parade at the 2014 Lunar New Year. Photo: Vivian Hsu, Team Photogenic

“This festival is a perfect celebration for all ages and one that brings to life the amazing culture, dance and music celebrated during Lunar New Year that enrich our community."

Welcome in the Lunar New Year and share the cultural heritage of our community at The Bellevue Collection, Feb. 21st from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Bellevue Square Center Court. Partnering with The Seattle Chinese Cultural and Arts Association, the Overseas Community Affairs Council - Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Taiwan Benevolent Association of America, the celebration will include traditional and contemporary cultural demonstrations of martial arts, music, dance, and visual and fine arts as well as dumpling sampling from the ever popular restaurant Din Tai Fung (limited time).

“This festival is a perfect celebration for all ages and one that brings to life the amazing culture, dance and music celebrated during Lunar New Year that enrich our community,” says Jennifer Leavitt, vice president of marketing for The Bellevue Collection. “This is truly a community festival designed to be enjoyed with activities for everyone that are fun and informative.”

One of the highlights is the Chinese Lion and Dragon Parade during the New Year Spectacular from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. This dramatic and colorful parade is an integral part of the Chinese culture with the traditional lion dance and dragon as a symbol of strength and good luck to the community. Other events include demonstrations and performances by martial arts groups, Chinese opera, and traditional dance and music, plus family friendly activities including flying lantern and year of the sheep hanging art DIYs, Chinese Calligraphy demonstrations and more located on the second floor near J. Crew.

For more information on the daylong celebration at The Bellevue Collection, visit the website at http://www.bellevuecollection.com/lunarnewyear.

About The Bellevue Collection
Located in the heart of Bellevue, Washington, The Bellevue Collection, owned by Kemper Development Company, includes Bellevue Square, a super-regional upscale shopping center, Bellevue Place, a mixed-use property featuring the Hyatt Regency Bellevue and small boutiques and Lincoln Square, anchored by Lincoln Square Cinemas, restaurants, home furnishings and The Westin Bellevue. This distinctive collection features 250 of the finest shops, 30 destination restaurants, a 16-screen premier cinema, 1,100 luxury hotel rooms and 10,000 free retail parking spaces, all in one location. The Bellevue Collection is a shopping, dining and nightlife, and entertainment experience unlike any other in the region. It is located on Bellevue Way between NE 4th and NE 10th Streets in downtown Bellevue, just across Lake Washington from Seattle.

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Lunar New Year at The Bellevue Collection
Schedule of Events, Saturday Feb. 21, 2015

11 AM – 12 PM:
Celebrating the Modern and the Traditional
Lion Dance by South Puget Sound Chinese Language School Lion Dance Troop
Chinese Music by Members of Washington Chinese Youth Orchestra

  • Group Drum Ensemble by Members
  • Yangqin Duet by Mathi and Byron
  • Pipa Duet by Anne, Emily and Alisa
  • Flute Duet by Lauren and Joy
  • Yangqin Solo by Mathi
  • Ensemble by Members

Techno Third Prince Nezha by FASCA and Bellevue High School Students

12 PM – 1 PM:
Art and Culture of Chinese Calligraphy
Calligraphy by Professor James H. Chou, Artist Ben-Sam Ho, Artist Sue Hwang
Din Tai Fung Dumpling sampling

1 PM – 2 PM:
Demonstrating the Strength and Grace
Wushu Taichi by Master Yijiao Hong, Chinese Wushu & Taichi Academy

  • 24 Forms Yang Sytle Taichi
  • Wushu Long Fist Form
  • Chen Style Taichi Old Frame Two
  • Wushu Basic Movements and Fist
  • Silk Reeling Kung Fu and Push Hands

Chinese Dance by Hengda Dance Academy

  • The Beauty of Peacocks
  • Catching the Dragonfly
  • Rouged Lips
  • Little Peacocks
  • Song of the Bamboo
  • Spanish Dance (Swan Lake: Act III)

Din Tai Fung Dumpling sampling

2 PM – 3 PM:
Lunar New Year Spectacular
Chinese Lion and Dragon Parade by International Lion Dance & Martial Arts Team
VIP Speech
Chinese New Year Blessing Mask Dance by Seattle Chinese Opera Academy
Taiwan Guan Jiang Shou by Taiwan Traditional Folk Performing Troupes - Chen Cao, Cliff Louie, Ching-Pi Wang, Vincent Wang
Techno Third Prince Nezha by FASCA and Bellevue High School Students
Din Tai Fung Dumpling sampling

3 PM – 4 PM:
Connecting to History and Culture Through Music and Dance
Chinese Kuzheng by Shirley Wang, Seattle KuZheng Studio

  • Grassland Eclogue
  • West Lake Moon
  • Open a Window
  • Liuyang River

Chinese Dance by Huayin Performing Arts Group

  • Happy Year of Sheep
  • Humming in the Spring
  • Colorful Clouds Follow the Moon
  • Women as Flower
  • Dance Color
  • Small Apple

4 PM – 5 PM:
Pillars of a Rich Heritage
Dance Performance by Seattle Folk Dance Club

  • Hakka Folk Song
  • Flowers for all Seasons & Peach Blossoms in March
  • Happy Porters

Flute Solo by Jin Liang Ji, Distinguished Flute Musician
Wu Dang Tai Chi by International Wudang Martial Arts Academy

  • Wudang Taiji
  • 13 Elixir Qigong
  • Wudang Quan
  • Xuan Wu Staff
  • Eight Trigram Palm
  • Shape & Intent Boxing
  • Wudang Martial Arts Fighting & Self-defense Applications

5 PM – 6 PM:
Showcasing Dramatic Culture Fiber
The Celestial Maid Scatters Blossoms by Hwa Sheng Chinese Opera Club—Opera performer Shung-Chiu Wang
Journey to the West: Monkey King by Chen Cao, Seattle Chinese Opera Academy
Kung Fu, Martial Arts Demonstration by Master TianYuan Li, Northwest Wushu Seattle Martial Art School

Activities
Located on second floor by J.Crew

11 AM – 3 PM
Flying Lantern DIY     
Chinese Zodiac Coloring
Chinese Name Bookmark DIY
Year of Sheep Hanging Art DIY
Chinese Spring Ornament Hanging Art DIY
Film about Chinese New Year Customs
by Legacy Multicultural and Educational Service Center
Chinese Knot
by Sylvia Ma, Seattle Chinese Knotting Association

3 PM – 6 PM
Wealth Fish
Lantern DIY
Handmade Bookmark
Chinese Spring Ornament Hanging Art DIY
Year of Sheep Paper Cut Greeting Card
by Sound Education International
Writing Name in Chinese Calligraphy
Writing Chinese Spring Festival Couplet
by Sue Hwang
Paper Clay
by PiHua Hsiao

Free gifts after each segment: lantern, calendar, spring festival couplet

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