Seattle Center Festál: A Glimpse of China - Chinese Culture and Arts Festival, Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., in Seattle Center Armory/Center House, explores the cultural roots and contemporary influences of China through live performances, cultural displays, hands-on activities, foods, children's activities, and a lively marketplace.
Learn Chinese folk dances, listening to traditional and contemporary Chinese music, create delicate artworks, and share in cultural traditions covering 5,000 years of Chinese history.
In honor of the 1962 Seattle Wrld's Fair 50th anniversary this year at Seattle Center, Glimpse of China features many celebration pieces, and in recognition of the Next 50 Sustainable Futures month this May, the festival will present a new skit with the theme of "sustainability" to reflect the world focus today and the challenge for the next 50 years.
There is also a children's art exhibition and contest, with a theme of "my home," sponsored by the Educational Exchange Bureau of Henan, China and co-sponsored by several organizations in the Pacific Northwest including the Washinton State Chinese Artists Association and Washinton State/Oregon State Confuses Institutes.
The 20 Seattle Center Festál cultural celebrations highlight The Common forms of tradition and expression among ethnic communities in the Pacific Northwest, while underscoring their unique creative contributions, customs, foods and ideals. Each event offers moving entertainment and fascinating insight into a different culture of the world.
A Glimpse of China - Chinese Culture and Arts Festival is part of The Next Fifty at Seattle Center in 2012. The Festival is produced by Washington Chinese Art Culture Committee in partnership with Seattle Center. For a full event schedule, visitwww.chinaartandculture.com, and for more information on this cultural series and other Seattle Center public programming, click on www.seattlecenter.com.