THE HONG KONG DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL IN NEW YORK
Saturday August 9 and Sunday August 10 2014

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HONG KONG DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL 2014 ENTERTAINMENT
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SATURDAY, August 9, 2014

10:30 AM - 11:30 Chinese Music Ensemble of New York
Featuring the younger members, some in traditional costume, with solo performances on traditional instruments. 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 complete with drums and cymbals. www.chinesemusic.org

11:30 - 12:30 Opening Ceremonies
Lions and Dragon Dancing Teams with Percussionists welcome all and, together with invited dignitaries, officially kick-off the 24nd annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York

1:00- 2:00 Americana Tap Dance Foundation.
Singing and dancing -Professionals and students entertain with the unique American art form of tap dancing, also known as hoofers. The sound of tap shoes hitting the surface, likened to a percussive instrument, is considered to be a form of music. Recently reviewed in the New York Times as "an electric program" http://atdf.org

Tap dance has roots in dancing such as the Irish stepdancing, English Lancashire Clog dancing,[1] and probably most notably Juba Dance. It is believed to have begun in the mid-1800s during the rise of minstrel shows As the minstrel shows began to decline in popularity, tap dance moved to the increasingly popular Vaudeville stage. During the 1930s tap dance mixed with Lindy Hop. What is now called jazz dance evolved out of tap dance, so both dances have many moves in common. Recent revival of tap dance has renewed the interest across all generations.

2:00 - 3:00. CASYM Steel Orchestra.
An ensemble from the larger group of 90 members between ages of 7 - 21 bring the sounds of the Islands with the playing of the steel drums.

CASYM is the acronym for the Caribbean American Sports and Cultural Youth Movement. Since its inception in 1983 as a non-profit organization, CASYM has provided academic, recreational, social and cultural activities for young people in the Crown Heights, Flatbush and East Flatbush sections of Brooklyn.

3:00 - 4:00 Shaolin Masters and students from the Flushing, NY Temple perform martial arts. In the history of the Shaolin Temple, founded in 495 AD, generations of monk generals and soldiers protected the temples from wars and riots of society. In modern times they continue to study and perform the disciplines www.shaolinnyc.org

SUNDAY, August 10, 2014

10:30 - 11:45 Tamika Lawrence and band.
Broadway artist Tamika Lawrence, featured in Tim Kit's new Broadway production IF/When, and ensemble of musicians make a special appearance singing and playing Rock-Blues-Soul. Tamika's recent Broadway credits include Matilda, Rent and Book of Mormons. The classically trained ensemble of 5 musicians perform regularly in Broadway shows, jazz clubs and concert stages around the world

Noon - 12:45. Wing Tsun martial art performance
Wing Tsun is one of the most famous styles of southern Chinese martial arts. Recently Wing Tsun has been the subject of a number of award-winning Hong Kong films including Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmaster and Donnie Yen's Ip Man series. Led by Sifu (or Master) Alex Richter, the City Wing Tsun team will be demonstrating practical and classical applications of the art forms including weapons and Wing Tsun's famous chi sau training. Sifu Alex Richter founded City Wing Tsun, kung fu mecca in the heart of midtown Manhattan. http://www.citywingtsun.com/aboutwt.php

12:45 - 1:30 Rectifist and friends- a New York City Band
Formed in 2012 as part of the growing local underground music scene in New York City, Rectifist is a New York City Hard Rock/Metal band featuring Steve Cheng, Sylivan Tam, Chun Yeung Au, Jeff, and Spark (Marcus Lui). Most of the members of the group are originally from Hong Kong, and together with their friends, they will be showcasing their talents by performing Cantonese pop songs from the legendary Hong Kong rock band "Beyond".

1:30 - 2:30 Rob Lok International Purveyor of Comic Visual Action & Ocular Business
“The real funny circus guy that does really silly stunts”. Rob has performed in the Ringling Bros Circus and venues in 35 countries across the globe. Rob Lok is here to share his love of the circus arts and slapstick comedy with his exciting family-friendly clown show. Watch porcelain plates fly, jumping horses and even an epic balancing finale! . Full of wonderful sight gags and audience interaction, He will leave you with a smile. www.roblokjane.com.

2:30 - 3:30 Mawuena Kodjovi West African melodies and dances.
The music and dancing of the African Brothers Collective is a colorful, vibrant and inviting journey into traditional and modern West Africa. Powerful rhythms, soothing melodies and dances from the mother land will move you body and soul. Currently touring in Europe, they return to New York. giving an enriched performance with additional musicians and music.

3:30 - 4:30. Shaolin Masters and students from the Flushing, NY Temple perform martial arts.
In the history of the Shaolin Temple, founded in 495 AD, generations of monk generals and soldiers protected the temples from wars and riots of society. In modern times they continue to study and perform the disciplines www.shaolinnyc.org

 
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