2016 "Happy Chinese New Year" New York City Festival Announced

As New York Officially Recognizes Lunar New Year as School Holiday, Academy Award-Winning Composer Tan Dun to Kick-off Week of Fantastic Events Featuring Top U.S. and Chinese Arts Institutions and NYC School Children with Special Conservation Message to Celebrate "Year of the Monkey"

18 Nov, 2015, 10:30 ET from China Central Academy of Fine Art

NEW YORK, Nov. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) and the U.S.-China Cultural Institute, Cultural Associate of the Committee of 100, announced today at a press conference at Lincoln Center that Academy Award-winning composer Tan Dun, the New York Philharmonic, National Dance Institute, Fireworks by Grucci, and New York School of Interior Design will be among the prestigious partners participating in the many exciting events throughout New York City that will comprise the second annual "Happy Chinese New Year: Fantastic Art China" festival in February 2016.

After last year's success, the "Fantastic Art China" festival will return to New York City from February 5-10, 2016 for a second year of even bigger and more exciting arts and cultural events across New York's top cultural venues and landmarks, including Lincoln Center, the Empire State Building, and the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

New this year, the music of Tan Dun, a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, will enhance the visual experience of art at several venues including a major art exhibition at the Javits Center, a fireworks display on the Hudson River, and events at Lincoln Center. With Chinese New Year a public school holiday for the first time, New York school children from the National Dance Institute representing 75 schools will perform Chinese dance at Lincoln Center and the Javits Center. And, in celebration of the "Year of the Monkey", events will feature a conservation message about the endangered Golden Monkey in China, in collaboration with international environmental organizations.

Festival highlights include:

  • Opening Concert: A kick-off concert, open to the public, by composer and conductor Tan Dun (Academy and Grammy Award-winner for his original score of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), and featuring NYC school children from the National Dance Institute, on February 5th at the Jacob K. Javits Center.
  • Art and Creative Exhibition: A free week-long public exhibition of Chinese Art at the Jacob K. Javits Center from February 5-10th, featuring the works of celebrated contemporary Chinese artists Pan Gongkai, Jiang Jie, and Duan Haikang, a pavilion featuring art from several Chinese cities never before exhibited in the U.S., and a pavilion featuring works from young U.S. and Chinese artists from prestigious New York and Chinese art universities.
  • Fireworks Spectacular Over the Hudson: Multiple barges on the Hudson will launch a true fireworks spectacular on February 6th. Designed and organized by CAFA, and executed by world-renowned Fireworks by Grucci, the display, titled "The Voice of Fantasy", will utilize groundbreaking firework designs from CAFA and a live simulcast of music by Tan Dun to tell a New Year's story of celebration and conservation.
  • Empire State Building Lighting: A special lighting show on the Empire State Building will illuminate New York City during Lunar New Year.
  • New York Philharmonic Chinese New Year Concert and Gala and Community Dance Event: The New York Philharmonic will present its fifth annual Chinese New Year Concert and Gala on February 9th. The concert, conducted by Long Yu, will feature violinist Maxim Vengerov playing the Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto, and will be highlighted by the New York Premiere of Tan Dun's Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women, for harp and orchestra, featuring the Philharmonic's Principal Harp, Nancy Allen. (Tickets are available at http://nyphil.org). Young dancers from 75 NYC public schools sponsored by the National Dance Institute will also perform in a free community event preceding the concert, and a public art exhibit by Su Xinping will be featured.

The artistic theme of the 2016 Fantastic Art China festival focuses on exploring the intricate relationship between sound and image. Visual artists will collaborate with musicians to bring extraordinary experiences to audiences, introducing the beauty of Chinese culture and values and inspiring participants to rethink the relationship between man and nature. The festival, now in its second year, aims to serve as an innovative approach to establishing cultural exchange between China and New York City. Additional festival events and details will be announced in the coming weeks.

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SOURCE China Central Academy of Fine Art