A rippling 60-foot dragon will parade through Hillsboro Village and lion dancers will play as an important part of the Chinese New Year Celebration, noon-3 pm, Saturday, February 10, 2018.
Both the lion and dragon are symbols of good luck, fortune, strength and power in Chinese culture. “We bring joy and blessings to our community in the tradition of Chinese New Year, and we invite everyone to join us!” said Jen-Jen Lin, director of the Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville.
This nonprofit arts organization is the driving force behind the event, in partnering with schools, professional performing groups, neighborhoods, and others. Puppet Truck from the Nashville Public Library will present “The Stonecutter,” a choir of students and the public will sing-a-long a popular Chinese New Year Song called 恭喜Gong Xi (pronounced “gong-see”). Gong Xi means congratulations and it’s said to congratulate one another for making it to another year and to wish each other good luck for the coming one.
More performances will be presented by "Playing by Air," a professional juggling performing group, Nashville Chinese School's Chinese yoyo club, MLK high school Chinese Language class students, Vanderbilt Kung Fu group, Zomi Bamboo Dancers by local Burmese group, Chinese Arts Alliance’s TaiChi presentation, and more will join us for the celebration. There will be Chinese food from Lucky Bamboo, the Best Chinese restaurant voted by Nashville Scene as well as other food trucks will join the Food corner of the event. In addition, we are addition more Asian food trucks to join the excitements.
The New Year is the Year of the Dog. Please bring in a printed picture of your favorite dog picture (letter size) that you took and entering a Dog Picture Contest. The winners will be rewarded with free tickets to see “JOURNEY IN THE WEST” dance theater production at Ingram Hall. We also invite Nashville Humane Association to set up an on-site Doggies Adoption at the event.
Come in Chinese costumes or outfits. Red is the lucky color especially for the Chinese New Year! A Dragon Parade will be held at the end of the celebration around the Hillsboro Village to conclude the celebration.
The Celebration is at Vanderbilt University’s Corner Park between 21st Ave. S., and Blakemore Ave. Many thanks to the Community, Neighborhood and Government Relations Department, Vanderbilt University for their co-sponsorship!
This event is free and open to the public, and all ages are welcome. Cold won’t deter our effort, but ice will. In case of rain and snow, we will move our venue to Vanderbilt Recreation Center (2700 Children's Way, Nashville)
Corner Park at 21st Ave. S. & Blakemore Ave.
Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville is a nonprofit arts organization, which is supported in part byMetro Nashville Arts Commission and Tennessee Arts Commission.