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. Activities on Aug 11 include:
10:00-10:30am: Mariachi Agulia y Plata. This popular Mariachi band will welcome all to the second day of the festival and set the tone for a lively, energetic day.
10:30-11:00am: New York Chinese Cultural Center, Dance China NY The resident company from America's premier traditional Chinese dance company, which includes international renowned artists, performs traditional and folk dances transporting audiences to a world of colorful myths, historical drama and timeless beauty.
11:00am-12:00pm: 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.
12:00-1:00pm: Brave New World Multi talented composer/playwright/performer Napua Davoy embraces the 21st Century with a hybridization of influences and of her recent award winning musical Stella Rising. Backstage writes, "Davoy composes gorgeous music, plays a sensuous piano and has an exquisitely expressive voice." Performing original and pop/jazz gems, she is joined by guitarist Dave Moreno and bassist Gaku Takanashi. www.napuadavoy.com
1:00-2:00pm: 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.
2:00-3:00pm: Ballet Folklorico Nuevo Amanecer de Jesus Cortez Ballet folklorico combines elements of Latin American culture, history, folklore, and religion with rhythm and body movement. In these traditional dances of Mexico, the dancers wear traditional dress, often with ornate beading, embroidery, weaving and ribbons. Their dancing tells stories which often involves flirtation, love or jealousy
The Balloon Man (Twister) and face painter returns to the delight of all. Find them in the Arts & Crafts Tent.
ARTS & CRAFTS TENT 15+ artists will be demonstrating traditional Chinese crafts including calligraphy, rice doll making, bead stringing, kite making, jeweled ornaments, ribbon flowers, paper cutting and much more. Children will be able to try their hand at making their own crafts.
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.