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Dragon Boat Festival: Schedule of Events

Saturday, Aug. 10

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
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 50 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. www.chinesemusic.org

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Opening Ceremonies

Lions and Dragon Dancing Teams with percussionists welcome all and, together with invited dignitaries, officially kick-off the 23rd annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York.

1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
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.

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
I Giullari di Piazza

Tarantella songs and dances from the rich culture of Southern Italy. www.alessandrabelloni.com

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
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, Aug. 11

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
American Tap Dancing

Professionals and students entertain with the unique American art form of tap dancing.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
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

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Mariachi Agulia y Plata

This popular Mariachi band’s lively and energetic performance will have everyone dancing.

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
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 will move your body and soul.

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
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

More than 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.

NON-PROFIT TENT

Visit the non-profit tent for information on programs and services including:

AARP

Boy Scouts of America

Flushing Town Hall

Girl Scouts of America

Hotel Chinese Association of New York, Inc.

New York Hall of Sciences

New York Hospital

Queens Library

Rubin Museum

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