The Chinese School at Chapel Hill is presenting Lightup Festival on Sunday, February 24th, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 140 W. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill.
Celebrate the Year of the Pig at this free event.
The Lightup Festival is hosted and organized by the Town of Chapel Hill and the Chinese American Friendship Association.
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Some of what will be going on:
- Lion Dance
- Dragon Dance
- Folk Dance
- Music ensembles
- Peking Opera performances
- Lantern decoration with an artist
- Hands-on craft activities
- Cartoon animal lanterns
- Fun games with prizes
- Dress-up photo booth
- Lantern parade
- Chinese calligraphy
- Traditional painting
- Chinese medicine
- Silent art auctions
- Authentic Chinese food
Details on some of the activities:
Make a lantern of your own that matches your hope and creativity! Lanterns are symbols of hopes and wishes and the central theme of LIGHTUP 2019. There will be cartoon animal lantern makings that will delight younger minds. Buy 10″ solid color paper lanterns and decorate them at various stations assisted by FRANK artists and community artists. You can purchase a battery kit on site to light up your lantern and join the spectacle of a-thousand lantern parade in the twilight!
DRAGON DANCE WORKSHOP
Come to learn the basics of dragon dance! Chinese dragons are symbols of nobility and prosperity, and dragon dance is an art of teamwork. Register your team for the dragon dance workshop, get a good workout through the twisting and turning movements and win a prize for your team in the dragon dance competition! There will be a sixty-foot dragon and a smaller forty-foot one.
Come to experience the excitement of drumming and dragon dance at the beginning of the event! Watch the singing and dancing from local artists and oversea. There will be Peking Opera and music ensemble performances throughout the day. Join a flash mob performances through the venue and be part of the celebration. This activity is free. If you, your business, or your community is interested in performing in the event, please complete the Performance Registration Form.
ARTS & CRAFTS
Let your inner artist flourish! LIGHTUP offers DIY art and craft activities that share the cultural traditions covering 5,000 years of Chinese history. Each booth celebrates creativity, diversity, and the unique identities that make Chapel Hill the community we love.
The Photo Booth has a variety of photo drops that represent Chinese architecture and culture scenes. Costume rental from different dynasties and ethnicity groups available on site.
- Catch the dragon tail
- Chopstick games
- And more
Participants are invited to decorate and then light up their lanterns with LED lights. The evening concludes with the community coming together for a parade of illuminated lanterns, ushering in an exciting New Year.