Arts Brookfield New York

Brookfield New York Lunar New Year: Year of the Monkey Celebration

What:  Lunar New Year: Year of the Monkey Celebration!                                   

Where:  Brookfield Place – Winter Garden,
230 Vesey Street, New York, NY

Date:  Saturday, February 6, 2016

Time:   1:30 p.m.
Lion Parade throughout Brookfield Place

2:00 p.m.
Winter Garden stage performance

Presenter:   Arts Brookfield and New York Chinese Cultural Center

Website:   http://www.artsbrookfield.com/lunarnewyear

Cost:   FREE, no tickets or reservations needed 

NEW YORK, NYArts Brookfield and presenting partner the New York Chinese Cultural Center (NYCCC) are ringing in the Lunar New Year with a free, family-friendly performance at Brookfield Place (230 Vesey St., New York) on Sat., Feb. 6, 2016. A dynamic parade of lion dancers launches the celebration throughout Brookfield Place beginning at 1:30 p.m., with main stage performances beginning in the Winter Garden at 2:00 p.m.

Also called the Spring Festival, Lunar New Year is the most important holiday of the traditional Chinese calendar and a time for family reunions and celebrations. The festival lasts for 15 days from the first to the 15th of the first lunar month in the Chinese lunar calendar, a 12-year repeating cycle of the Chinese zodiac, with each year named after an animal. 2016 marks the Year of the Monkey, and Lunar New Year (the 15th day of the cycle) falls on February 8.

Bursting with energy and color, Arts Brookfield and NYCCC’s Year of the Monkey Celebration highlights Chinese folk dancers in traditional makeup and garb, live music, martial arts demonstrations, drum performances, and a visit from the Monkey King himself. The full lineup will include artists from across the U.S. and China. Michelle Yu of Sportsnet New York will act as Master of ceremonies for the event.

The Year of the Monkey Celebration is one of hundreds of free arts and cultural programs that Arts Brookfield presents annually at Brookfield’s premier properties throughout New York City and across the globe. Arts Brookfield has a history of presenting Lunar New Year events at Brookfield Place, with its first celebration in 2004.

"We are delighted that our immensely popular Lunar New Year Celebration returns to the Winter Garden stage this year,” said Debra Simon, vice president and artistic director of Arts Brookfield. “The New York Chinese Cultural Center brings such a rich, colorful and exciting performance to Brookfield Place, the dynamic, innovative, cultural hub of Downtown Manhattan."

"New York Chinese Cultural Center is thrilled to be bringing Lunar New Year back to the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place for this special year: the Year of the Monkey, and to be bringing the Monkey King for such a fitting event,” said Geoffery Sant, president of the board of directors, NYCCC. “All of our performers, Dance China New York company members, as well as our School of the Arts students, are so proud to be taking part in this special celebration, and to show all audiences how beautiful, stunning and entertaining the Chinese culture is.”

For more information about Lunar New Year: Year of the Monkey Celebration at Arts Brookfield New York, visit www.artsbrookfield.com/lunarnewyear.

ABOUT New York Chinese Cultural Center

New York Chinese Cultural Center (NYCCC), a nonprofit cultural and educational institution, is dedicated to deepening the understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture in the global and local communities. NYCCC fulfills its mission by offering professional classes, workshops, and performances while nurturing creative and innovative new works that reflect the rich cultural heritages and diverse communities of today.

ABOUT Arts Brookfield

Arts Brookfield presents exciting, world-class cultural experiences to hundreds of thousands of people for free each year in both indoor and outdoor public spaces at Brookfield’s premier office properties in New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Houston, Toronto, Perth and Sydney. From concerts, theater and dance to film screenings and art exhibitions, Arts Brookfield brings public spaces to life through art. Visit www.ArtsBrookfield.com for a complete schedule of events.
 

ABOUT Brookfield Place

Brookfield Place NY is the apotheosis of luxury shopping, dining and cultural arts in downtown Manhattan. The complex is uniquely positioned just south of Tribeca along the Hudson River waterfront. International fashion houses including Hermès, Bottega Veneta, Salvatore Ferragamo, Burberry, Omega, Ermenegildo Zegna, and contemporary fashion brands such as Diane von Furstenberg, Theory, Michael Kors, Vince, Paul Smith, and Lululemon make Brookfield Place Downtown Manhattan’s most sought-after shopping destination. An 85,000-square-foot Saks Fifth Avenue department store will open in 2016, revolutionizing the luxury shopping experience in the area. Best-in-class dining options include Hudson Eats, a curated collection of 14 chef-driven fast-casual eateries; Le District, a 30,000-square-foot French-inspired marketplace and eight signature restaurants including Amada, and Parm. Complemented by the renowned cultural programming of Arts Brookfield, Brookfield Place is leading the transformation of the area as the premier destination for residents and visitors alike. For more information, please visit: brookfieldplaceny.com.
 

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