Monkeys take over Harbourfront Centre for Lunar New Year celebrations

Monkeys take over Harbourfront Centre for Lunar New Year celebrations, February 20-21

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Monkey figurines designed by a Taiwanese designer. (Photographer: Jason L. K. Lau)

Event Info:

Event:  LunarFest
Date:  Feb. 20-21, 2016
Venue:  Toronto Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8
Official Website:  www.lunarfest.org

Returning Harbourfront Centre to celebrate the coming of another year, LunarFest will ring in the Lunar New Year with an exciting and diverse weekend of events. From February 20-21, this family-friendly festival will feature a wide range of activities, including musical performances, craft activities and delectable Asian cuisine. Two major interactive installations will feature hundreds of life-sized monkey delectable figurines on site to greet visitors. The entire festival will be free to attend, and food and souvenirs (including monkey figurines) will be available for purchase.

A time of celebration, the Lunar New Year also offers the chance for reflection, particularly with this year’s representative animal.

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Charlie Wu, Managing Director of the Asian Canadian Special Events Association, which is partnering with Harbourfront Centre to co-produce LunarFest. (Photographer: Jason L. K. Lau)

“2016 is the Year of the Monkey – the species closest to the human being,” says Charlie Wu, Managing Director of the Asian Canadian Special Events Association, which is partnering with Harbourfront Centre to co-produce LunarFest. Monkeys, too, are emotional creatures who are intelligent, crafty, curious and naughty at times. Are there lessons humans can learn from monkeys?”

Highlights at a Glance

Theatre: A staple New Year celebrations, the traditional lion at Lunar dance will be performed by a string puppet theatre troupe at World’s Smallest Lion Dancers.

Music: Enjoy six types of drum dances from various traditions at The Drumming Dance Heritage Beats

Art: With leading artists from Taiwan and Canada, Reflections – What Do We see Monkeys? is a visual arts exhibition that examines the in relationship between humans and monkeys.

Family: Old and young alike can decorate crowns in the style of Monkey

Food: In between activities, visit the Lunar Café and try some delicious ginger tea, bibimbap or sushi.

For more information and full event listings, please visit harbourfrontcentre.com/lunarfest/2016 or call Harbourfront Centre at 416-973-4000.

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