MIAMI – In an effort to promote cultural enrichment opportunities for all residents of Miami-Dade County and South Florida, the Miami –Dade Asian-American Advisory Board (AAAB), under the Office of Community Advocacy, and the Chinese Cultural Foundation will celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year, the Year of the Rat, with an event from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., on Feb. 16, at Miami-Dade College’s Kendall Campus – Fred Shaw Plaza, 11011 SW 104th Street, Miami, FL33176. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. Children under 5 are free.
At the festival, you will find exotic Asian food, arts and crafts, and many activities for children. There will be traditional and contemporary Chinese performing arts variety shows, such as the Lion and Dragon Dance, FIU Asian Dance Group, Lily Dance Club, Jinglu Cao Soprano, Miami Chinese Language School Performers, and a special performance from the Sinoelite Acrobats and the Japanese Matsuriza Taiko Drums of Walt Disney World’s Epcot theme park.
This festival originally started as a dinner party hosted by Chinese-Jamaicans who migrated to South Florida, as they were concerned that their children and future generation would become out-of-touch with their Chinese heritage. Today, this festival attracts more than 8,000 people annually.
As a 26-year old nonprofit organization, the Chinese Cultural Foundation ‘s main mission is to promote and share the heritage and traditions of the Chinese culture. For more information, please contact Asian-American Advisory Board Director Joshua Ho at 305-375-1570.
The Office of Community Advocacy, under the Board of County Commissioners, is charged with making Miami-Dade County "One Community" that embraces our diverse and unique population.
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