The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York is an annual sporting and multicultural event held in August on Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, New York to celebrate the fifth moon (or the fifth month) of the lunar calendar. In addition to providing audiences with traditional Chinese foods and performances, the festival hosts over 120 dragon boat teams from across North America, making it one of the largest dragon boat festivals in the United States. Depending on the competitive division, teams compete for cash prizes, trophies and other prizes.
The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York features events for the entire family including the NY Championship Race on Saturday and the US Dragon Boat Open Championship Race on Sunday, an opening parade, and youth, women's, sponsors, media, and charity races. Moreover, an impressive arts and entertainment program will showcase some of the best multicultural artists in New York, including the Shaolin Temple Warrior Monks demonstrating Kung Fu, the Drum Spirit of China, and as well as other performers who will perform traditional music and dance from China, Mexico and Peru. Booths located around the main stage area will host folk art and craft demonstrations. And, of course, a food court will serve a culturally diverse menu.
HONG KONG DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL EVENT SCHEDULE
SATURDAY, August 10, 2013
10:30 AM - 11:30 Chinese Music Ensemble of New York
Founded in 1961 this Ensemble is the oldest and only full Chinese orchestra in the United States and the Americas. Its present membership of nearly fifth musicians plays practically every type of Chinese music on Chinese instruments, both ancient and modern. In this performance a smaller ensemble plays a selection of their repertoire complete with drums and cymbals.www.chinesemusicensemble.org
11:30 - 12:30 Opening Ceremonies
Lions and Dragon Dancing Teams with Percussionists welcome all and, together with invited dignitaries, officially kick-off the 23nd annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York
1:00 - 2:00 BAAM
Formed in the summer of 2011 with the stated goal of gathering some of New York`s top young musicians and songwriters into one group, BAAM is an energetic indie rock band with a strong Blues and jazz influence. The seven band members have performed with some of the world`s top musicians.
2:00 - 3:00 I Giullari di Piazza
Tarantella songs and dances from the rich culture of South Italy.www.alessandrabelloni.com
3:00 - 4:00 Shaolin Masters
Warrior monks from the Shaolin Temple perform martial arts. In the history of the Shaolin Temple, founded in 495 AD, generation after generation of monk generals and soldiers protected the temples from wars and riots of society.
SUNDAY, August 11, 2013
10:00 - 11:00 Damien Bassman and Broadway friends
A seasoned group of musicians from Broadway hit shows and concert halls play your favorite rock and roll tunes with fresh new vitality and expert musicianship.
11:00 - 12:00 American Tap Dancing
Professionals and students entertain with the unique American art form of tap dancing, also known as hoofers.
12:00 - 1:00 The Bailen Brothers
Twin brothers, vocalists and instrumentalists, David (on drums) and Daniel (on bass), lead the band with their pop, R&B, and Rock music. Their albums focus on achieving great songs with singable melodies that are both stimulating compositionally and lyrically.www.thebailenbrothers.com
1:00 - 2:00 Mariachi Agulia y Plata
This popular Mariachi band's lively and energetic performance will have all dancing.
2:00 - 3:00 Mawuena Kodjovi Trio
The music of the African Brothers Collective is a colorful, vibrant and inviting journey into traditional and modern West Africa. Powerful rhythms, soothing melodies and dances from the mother land will move you body and soul.
3:00 - 4:00 Shaolin Masters
Warrior monks from the Shaolin Temple perform martial arts. In the history of the Shaolin Temple, founded in 495 AD, generation after generation of monk generals and soldiers protected the temples from wars and riots of society
The Balloon Man (Twister) and face painter returns to the delight of all.
Find them in the Arts & Crafts Tent.
ARTS & CRAFTS TENT
15+ artists will be demonstrating traditional Chinese crafts including calligraphy, rice doll making, bead stringing, kite making, jeweled ornaments, ribbon flowers, paper cutting and much more. Children will be able to try their hand at making their own crafts.
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