From January 27 to February 6, the Kennedy Center’s lunar New Year celebration returns in honor of the traditional holiday observed in countries and territories across the globe. This year’s free celebrations in “The Year of the Tiger”, presented in collaboration with the Kaleido Arts & Entertainment Group LCC, include the return of the popular winter lantern exhibition outdoors on the REACH campus, performances on the Millennium stage and two weekends with special evening programs- REACH Winter Lanterns PLUS, celebrating Chinese and Korean art and culture.
“The winter lanterns became an exciting and important part of our annual lunar New Year celebration, which began in 2016.” stated Alicia Adams, vice president of international programming and curator of the Kennedy Center’s lunar New Year celebration. The outdoor spaces of REACH provide our audience with a wonderful opportunity to experience Chinese and Korean culture. And after a year of hiatus, we are excited to return to our annual celebration and hope that visitors of all ages will enjoy the unique and luminous lanterns around campus. “
With a stunning display of approximately 100 winter lanterns, the REACH winter lantern consists of 10,000 colored LED lights and is made by Chinese craftsmen. The Winter Lantern Exhibition offers a whimsical experience for visitors and includes six outdoor installations: the Butterfly Garden, the Flamingo Lagoon, the Coral Reef, the Panda Grove, the Mushroom Forest and the Flower Path.
REACH Winter Lanterns PLUS, 27.-30. January and 3.-6. February, will add excitement and interactive outdoor activities to the evening. The first week, which will highlight Chinese culture, offers photo opportunities with Tiger and Panda characters; to write and send letters to former National Zoo pandas Bao Bao, Tai Shan and Bei Bei, who are now in China; Lunar New Year freebies and more. The second week of the celebration focuses on Korean art and culture and includes activities such as a traditional Korean costume at the river pavilion; photo opportunities with Korean mascot figures along with additional Lunar New Year giveaways. Both weekends will include food truck deals on the REACH site.
With the 2021 Asian American Music Society (AAMS) competition winners along with George Mason University student artists, the Millennium Stage performance on January 29 will include performances of traditional west-east classical repertoires featuring instrumentalists (Jasmine Flower String Quartet, Woodwind Ensemble, among others), as well as AAMS’s Chamber Singers. Korean artists take the Millennium stage on February 3 to share performances composed of Korean creative music mixed with traditional Korean instruments and Western instruments. K-Pop dancers will also collaborate on various music selections.