53-51 111th St.
Flushing, NY 11368
Description: This year's festival will draw more than 170 teams and 1,000 participants, as well as countless spectators, for a day of dragon boat racing on Meadow Lake, cultural performances, and a variety of ethnic food. Rain or shine. Enjoy these events on opening day.
10:30-11:30am: 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 fifth 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
11:30am-12:30pm: Opening Ceremonies Lions and Dragon Dancing Teams with Percussionists welcome all and, together with invited dignitaries, officially kick-off the 22nd annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York
12:45-1:30pm: Lion Dancers from Zhanjian, Guangdong, China. This team is the recipient of China's last Lion Dancers competition. sponsored by the Chinese Association of Lion Dancers and Dragon Dancing Teams (a division of China's national Sport Association) They will perform the colorful and exciting Southern style of Lion Dancing.
1:30-2:30pm: 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/
2:30-3:30pm: 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.
3:30-4:30pm: Diana Leong and His Music, with IIISpokinn Composer/cellist/trombonist Dana Leong blends jazz, classical and pop to create a signature sound. Dana's pioneering collage of musical styles has garnered critical acclaim and wowed audiences around the world. He has collaborated with top jazz artists including Paquito D'Rivera, Christian McBride, Dafnis Prieto, and Henry Threadgill; and has worked with such diverse artists as Ray Charles, Barry White, Kanye West, Wynton Marsalis, Bjork, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Yoko Ono and Lila Downs. www.danaleong.com
Venue Description: This 1,255-acre park has historical, recreational, and environmental significance. The former dumping ground has become one of New York City's flagship parks and Queens' largest. Known for its annual ethnic events, Flushing Meadows Corona Park invites families and visitors for food, dance, and music during the summer months. Planning a family reunion or birthday party? The Corona Park can be your host. It is as simple as applying for a special events permit (required for gatherings of more than 20 people) by calling 718-760-6560. Families can enjoy six playgrounds, three of which are dinosaur-themed, as well as one that serves young children with and without disabilities. There are also fields for soccer, baseball, and croquet, and tennis courts available by permit. Enjoy miniature golf at Pitch & Putt Golf, take a ride on the carousel, go for a stroll on the Flushing Bay Promenade, or view animals at the Queens Wildlife Center and children?s farm. In addition, rowboats and paddleboats are available for rental at the boathouse at the fresh water Meadow Lake. This serves as a popular fishing, picnic, and barbequing spot. On the historical side, located throughout the park are numerous monuments and sculptures including ?The Rocket Thrower,? created for the 1964 World?s Fair, and ?Time Capsules,? a granite monument where two time capsules are buried underground. Possibly the most renowned piece of artwork, popularized by its appearance in several Hollywood pictures, is the 140-foot high steel Unisphere. Corona Park is also home to the New York Hall of Science, Queens Wildlife Conservation Center, and Queens Theatre in the Park. For the avid sports fan, Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, and the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center offer great sporting events for all ages. The Tennis Center, which hosts the U.S. Open, is open to the public year-round. Corona Park?s newest addition is the 110,000-square foot indoor Aquatic Center, which features an Olympic-size swimming pool and skating rink fit for any season of the year.Parking can usually be found at Citi Field for $10.