Disclaimer: because of the close relationship the author has with the organizers and performers of this event, the article may be a little (or a lot) biased.
Even though the actual Lunar New Year (Year of the Horse!) has come and gone (the actual date was Jan. 30th, talking about “belated”), this Lunar New Year celebration last night co-hosted by almost all Asian student groups in Wesleyan still stirred up some festivity in this drizzly weather. Hosted annually, a Lunar New Year festival is becoming part of the Wesleyan tradition for most Asian students and for the entire Wesleyan community.
The ticket sale went very well, according to the organizer Tian Qiao ’15, one of the co-chairs of the Chinese Cultural Club, selling well beyond 100 tickets before the event. At $5, each person gets to enjoy a whole series of performances and a delicious meal. No wonder the event is sold out almost every year!
Decorated with red lanterns, Beckham hall was dressed in Chinese red, the classic color of Spring Festival. The sight of fesitivity coupled with the sweet smell of food instantly put smile on everyone’s face. A nice touch by the hosts, there were paper and scissors and scotch tapes on each table, with instructions on how to make a paper lantern. It was an easy and fun project, and taught the guests a little about this old Chinese craft. People experimented with it and chattered away as they waited for the show to begin.
Are you a veteran of the online video application scene? No? Well, why don’t you do something about that, then?! Sheesh! Look, Yuki Ohmori ’13 can help you get started with this, so stop wasting time and get on it:
Looking for an opportunity to showcase your talent on Asian/Asian American culture? Sign up to audition for Mabuhay, the annual Asian/Asian American show during WesFest!First, please sign up on this google spreadsheet with your name, e-mail address and performance name.Then submit a video and a short description of your intended performance to yfong@wes by February 2. The purpose of the video will be to illustrate your ideas to the Mabuhay Committee, whether it is a video of your previous performance or even a Youtube video. Please include in the description 1) the estimated number of participants, 2) the estimated length of the performance, and 3) how it relates to Asian/Asian American culture (please keep it short, 2-3 sentences). This is a great opportunity to showcase your talent on Asian/Asian American culture, and every Wes student is welcomed to sign up and audition!
We look forward to the wonderful submissions :)
The Mabuhay Committee
You are invited to Mabuhay, the Asian/Asian-American cultural show held annually during WesFest!
Come watch your friends and peers perform spoken word, traditional and modern dances, sing, and much, much more!
Tickets are for sale at the box office for $5. Proceeds will be donated to Brighter Dawns.
There will be an after-party at 200 Church from 10:30 PM to 1:30 AM.
- Date: Friday, April 15
- Time: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM — After-Party from 10:30 PM – 1:30 AM
- Place: Crowell Concert Hall — After-Party at 200 Church
- Cost: $5