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Lunar New Year 2024
February 11 @ 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Addison County BIPOC+ and Town Hall Theater Present First Annual Lunar New Year Celebration
Lunar New Year is a celebration of family, feasting, and good fortune observed by millions of people around the world, particularly in East and Southeast Asia and in diasporic communities. On Sunday, February 11, Addison County BIPOC+, in partnership with Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater, present their first annual Lunar New Year celebration for the whole community.
This free event showcases dance, art, and crafts from different Asian traditions, and culminates with a talk with E. Tammy Kim, contributing writer for The New Yorker and founding co-host of the podcast “Time to Say Goodbye.” Moderators are Serena Kim of Swift House Inn and Rachael Joo, American studies professor at Middlebury College. Food and beverage will be available for purchase from vendors such as Stone Leaf Tea House and Sabai Sabai.
To mark the Year of the Dragon, Town Hall Theater will glow with paper lanterns and feature a variety of Lunar New Year presentations on its main stage, as well as crafting in the Byers Studio. The outline of activities includes:
12:30–1:30 pm: Tae Kwon Do demonstration with Master Kellie Thomas
1:30–3:30 pm: Family-friendly storytime and dragon-themed crafts and activities
3:30–4:15 pm: Performances and Demonstrations on the THT main stage: Chinese fan dance, Korean pungmul drumming, Chinese wushu
4:30 pm: Chinese calligraphy/painting demo with Yinglei Zhang
5:30–6:30 pm: A conversation with The New Yorker’s E. Tammy Kim
Please note: Seating for the 5:30 event with E. Tammy Kim is limited. Please click the ‘Book Now’ button to register today.