Santa Monica Place will ring in the Lunar New Year with cultural entertainment during the weekend of Feb. 20-22, with festivities to be held on the main stage in Center Plaza.

The Lunar New Year — also known as the Spring Festival — will feature entertainment and presentations based on Chinese traditions.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, Feb. 20

7 p.m. & 8 p.m. Performance by pianist Sean Chen with the New West Symphony orchestra. The Symphony is the resident company of the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, and Barnum Hall in Santa Monica.

Saturday, Feb. 21

1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Arts & Crafts for kids; traditional music Duo with Cynthia Hsiang and Zhiming Han using Gu-Zheng and Dizi instruments; Sheep/Ram Balloon Twisting and Interactive Stilt Walkers
3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Chinese Martial Arts Demonstration
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Traditional music duo with Cynthia Hsiang and Zhiming Han using Gu-Zheng and Dizi instruments
5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Interactive Stilt Walkers
6:30 p.m. – 6:50 p.m. Traditional Dragon Dance

Sunday, Feb. 22

1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Arts & Crafts for kids; traditional music duo with Cynthia Hsiang and Zhiming Han using Gu-Zheng and Dizi instruments; Ancient Chinese Dough Artist; Interactive Stilt Walkers
3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Chinese Martial Arts Demonstration
5:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. Traditional music duo with Cynthia Hsiang and Zhiming Han using Gu-Zheng and Dizi instruments
5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Interactive Stilt Walkers
6:30 p.m. – 6:50 p.m. Traditional Dragon Dance

During the Lunar New Year celebration, guests can write their New Year’s wish on a tag and place it inside a sealed traditional Lunar New Year red envelope and hang it on a Manzanita tree. They can purchase wishes for $2. All proceeds will benefit Families with Children from China Southern California, a nonprofit organization that is an advocate for adoptive families throughout the Greater Los Angeles area and Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. For more information, visit www.SantaMonicaPlace.com.

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