The Kennedy Center


KC Lunar New Year 2020

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - Sunday, February 2, 2020

Lunar New Year Celebration

We are pleased to continue our annual Lunar New Year celebration and ring in the Year of the Rat with showcases of Chinese and Korean culture. We are also presenting a special display of Winter Lanterns in recognition of the first winter season at the REACH.

The Winter Lanterns display and all events, activities, demonstrations and showcases throughout The REACH are FREE – no tickets are required. Tickets are required for the January 22 concert in the Concert Hall.


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We are pleased to continue our annual Lunar New Year celebration and ring in the Year of the Rat with showcases of Chinese and Korean culture. We are also presenting a special display of Winter Lanterns in recognition of the first winter season at the REACH.


REACH Winter Lanterns

January 22 through February 2
Presented in Collaboration with NEWYORKEE- New York Events & Entertainment 
Thursday, Jan 23: 5:30–10 p.m. 
Friday, Jan 24: 5:30–10:30 p.m
Saturday, Jan 25: 5:30–10:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 26: 4–9:30 p.m.
Thursday, Jan 30: 5:30–10 p.m. 
Friday, Jan 31: 5:30–10:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb 1: 5:30–10:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb 2: 4–9:30 p.m.

The REACH glows with the D.C. debut of approximately 100 stunning Winter Lanterns crafted by Chinese artisans made up of 10,000 colored LED lights, including the Chinese Four Symbols and 12 Zodiac Signs, Panda Grove, and Mushroom Garden display. Along with the beautiful lantern displays, visitors can enjoy performances and artisan demonstrations, food trucks, and more. Due to the outdoor nature of the exhibit, the REACH Winter Lanterns will be open in any weather conditions.

Shanghai Chinese Orchestra
Muhai Tang, conductor
January 22, Concert Hall at 8 p.m
Tickets are required for this concert. Find out more here.

Don't miss the cornerstone event of our Lunar New Year celebration as world-renowned, Grammy Award®–winning artist Tang Muhai returns to the Kennedy Center to lead the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra in a special concert.

Shanghai Chinese Orchestra members are specialized in instruments such as erhu, also known as the Chinese violin; dizi a bamboo flute; sheng, a wind instrument consisting of multiple reed pipes; ruan or moon guitar; and zheng or zither. The orchestra is dedicated to presenting Chinese music with an international vision and a contemporary style.
Learn more about the concert!

Kick off of the Winter Lanterns following the Shanghai Orchestra Concert!


REACH Winter Lanterns PLUS evenings
Besides enjoying the magical winter lantern display, visitors will be able to enjoy short performances and activities by artists from China and Korea. Activities vary by day, and will include the following:

REACH Winter Lantern PLUS: China
January 23–26
Supported by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States of America, the Department of Culture and Tourism of Shenzhen, and the Municipal Government of Guangdong Province of China
An interactive performance by a Magician from Shenzhen
Sugar Painting
Peking Opera Make up demo
Yo-Yo performance
Wood-carved New Year Painting Printing
Shadow puppet demonstration
Make your own Lantern
Dress up in Traditional costumes and share your photos
Zodiac stickers

REACH Winter Lantern PLUS: Korea
January 30 – February 2
Supported by Embassy of the Republic of Korea and the Korean Cultural Center in Washington D.C.
Feelak Company Performance: Drum show & Spinning dishes
Dress up in Hanbok (Korean traditional costume)
Create your name tags in Korean Calligraphy
Coloring Traditional Korean Fans
Tattoo Stickers
Hangeul Calligraphy Performance: local artist Myoungwon demonstrates Korean calligraphy on large scale paper
Mural Painting: join artist Julia Chon to paint and complete a paper mural artwork installation together.
Kite-flying: A South Korean kite-flying master will demonstrate traditional Korean kites and teach attendees how to fly them.
Korean Mask Painting


KC Chinese New Year  Family Day: Year of the RAT 
January 25 at the REACH
Craft activities and demonstrations for families from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. 
The popular event returns! A number of free activities will be offered for children of all ages including arts and crafts, traditional costume photo booth, zodiac stickers, and demonstrations of calligraphy, plus exciting performances of traditional music, an internationally acclaimed magician from Shenzhen, and more.
Learn more about the event!


Beijing Bamboo Orchestra
Saturday, January 25, 2020
6 p.m.
Millennium Stage

The Beijing Bamboo Orchestra, known as China’s only “green orchestra,” includes more than 30 types of instruments made entirely from bamboo. In addition to various unique Chinese traditional folk instruments, there are handcrafted creations of new bamboo instruments, many of which have obtained national patents. The distinctive appearance of the instruments, innovative method of playing, beautiful timbre, and high interest makes the orchestra a unique ensemble.


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