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Usher in the Year of them Monkey at PEM

PEM’S LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION RETURNS
TO USHER IN THE YEAR OF THE MONKEY


PEM Lunar New Year  


DANCE, MUSIC, ART MAKING, FILM AND MORE
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13 | 10 AM-4 PM


The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) has announced the return of its annual Lunar New Year Festival on Saturday, February 13, from 10 am to 4 pm. Celebrate the Year of the Monkey by making your own lantern for the traditional Lantern Festival, which signals the end of the Lunar New Year celebration. Experience lion dances, traditional Chinese music and get a glimpse of the world of the Shaolin with a special documentary. Be sure to explore Yin Yu Tang, PEM’s Chinese house that sheltered one family in the Huizhou region of China for more than 200 years.

The Chinese Lunar New Year is a 15-day celebration marking the start of the new year. Each year is represented by one of the 12 zodiac animals and this is the year of the monkey. Those born in the year of the monkey are said to be smart, ambitious, quick-witted and optimistic.

Visit pem.org for the full schedule. All events are included in the price of admission; Additional admission to Yin Yu Tang is $5.

Posted by Kate on 02/06 at 07:00 AM Permalink

Imagine, South Asia Cultural Exploration at the PEM

 Intersections is an immersive single room installation by Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha.


The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is proud to present Imagine, South Asia, an action-packed weekend celebrating South Asian culture and heritage on February 6 and 7.
 
Part of PEM’s Present Tense Initiative, this special weekend celebrates the eight nations and more than 5,000 years of human history that comprise South Asia. The region’s rich and diverse artistic heritage will be explored through the unveiling of an award-winning contemporary installation by Anila Agha, a writing workshop with National Book Award finalist Carla Power, the U.S. premiere of the BBC documentary Treasures of the Indus and a dance party with renowned London DJ Ben “the Bee” Taylor and the UK arts collective House of Honey.
 

Weekend events will include discussions, performances, the premiere of a BBC doc and, of course, the dance party!


The weekend-long cultural exploration will be Saturday, February 6, 10am - 5pm and Sunday, February 7, 10am - 5pm.  The Imagine South Asia Dance Party will be Saturday, February 6, 9pm - Midnight.

You won't want to miss Intersections (on view February 6 - July 10), which was included in 90.9 WBUR The Artery's thirteen art exhibits to see this winter

Visit pem.org for the complete schedule of events. 

Posted by Kate on 01/30 at 07:00 AM Permalink