NEW YORK, Jan. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The third "Happy Chinese New Year: Fantastic Art China," co-hosted by the China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) and the US-China Cultural Institute, will commence January 23rd, and conclude January 31st, 2017. A vital part of the "Happy Chinese New Year" program, "Happy Chinese New Year: Fantastic Art China" is a series of arts and culture initiatives where traditional culture, modern discourse, and innovative visual arts and creative design meet. The 2017 theme is "Year of the Rooster, Light of Gold". Invoking the auspicious connotation of light and hope symbolized by the Year of Rooster, it aims to facilitate creative exchange between Chinese and American cultures while paving the way for continued opportunities to collaborate and mutually share in education, arts, and culture.
The program for the 2017 will consist of three modules: "Celebratory Activities", "Art Exhibitions", and "Public and Arts Educational Events". These activities will run through New York City's many iconic culture venues and landmarks, bringing a series of free arts and cultural activities to fellow New Yorkers.
Celebratory Activities: A Brilliant Feast for the Eyes and Ears
A series of celebratory activities integrating visual arts and music, including the Empire State Building Light Show, Fireworks Spectacular on the Hudson River, the Lincoln Center Public Art Display, and the New York Philharmonic's Chinese New Year Concert and Gala.
- The Empire State Building Light Installation will begin at sunset on January 26th and 27th and will feature various color landscapes every sixty seconds until dawn, adding a touch of festive Chinese coloration to the New York City skyline.
- A Fireworks Spectacular Over the Hudson River designed by CAFA will begin at 8:30 PM on January 26th. The fireworks display consists of four chapters: "Wintertime," "Hundreds of Birds," "Spring Returns," and "Phoenix". The brilliant pyrotechnics will pay homage to the ancient Chinese philosophy that all living things should strive to develop in harmony, and will offer a vibrant feast for the senses while conveying ancient festival blessings to the modern world.
- New York Philharmonic's Chinese New Year Concert and Gala will return at 7:30PM on January 31st. As a proud partner, the New York Philharmonic will hold its 6th annual Chinese New Year Concert at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, sounding the close of the nine-day celebration. The concert, conducted by Long Yu, will feature soprano Sumi Jo, trumpeter Alison Balsom, New York Philharmonic concertmaster Frank Huang, Principal Flute Robert Langevin and music by composer Chen Qigang and more.
- Lincoln Center Plaza Art Display will display two giant golden Roosters on the outer balcony of David Geffen Hall along with a festive red banner to celebrate the Year of The Rooster.
"Fantastic Art China" Exhibitions: Works from Top Chinese Art Academy
Four art exhibitions presented by CAFA, the most prestigious art academy in China, will showcase the works of famous Chinese contemporary artists as well as emerging young artists from the U.S. and China. The exhibitions are "Abstract Art in Dialogue", "Image of the Mind: Contemporary Chinese Art", "China-America Young Artists" and "China-America Art Students". They will be on view at the New York School of Interior Design January 23rd-29th and the Metropolitan Pavilion January 26th-29th.
Public and Arts Educational Events: Promoting China - America Art Educational Exchanges
"Fantastic Art China" will hold a series of programs to facilitate dialogue between the arts education fields of China and the U.S. This module includes the Experimental Film Screening, the Panel Discussion on Art and New Urban Culture, and the China - America Art Colleges Collaboration Initiative: Students Visit Program.
In addition, the "NYC Lunar New Year Students Day" will be open to the public on January 28th at the Metropolitan Pavilion, and celebrates the city's historic designation of the Lunar New Year as a school holiday for 1.1 million public school students.
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About Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA)
The Central Academy of Fine Arts is the most prestigious and renowned art academy in China, consisting of eight specialty schools. CAFA has committed itself to rendering a modern education system that enables disciplines such as Fine Arts, Art Design, Architectures and Humanities to support and influence one another. Serving as both a pioneer and leader in the field of art education, CAFA has nurtured many world-renowned artists and scholars, and has made a unique contribution to the development of modern Chinese art.
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