Asian Spring Festival Unites Through the Arts

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Too often, language differences create cultural barriers that feel insurmountable. But through the visual and performing arts, they can be broken — as seen by the crowd last year’s Asian Spring Performing Arts Festival attracted.

Asians and non-Asians alike turned out for the performing arts festival featuring live music, visual art and dance from various regions in Asia, to be held this year on Saturday, June 8, at the Southampton Cultural Center, located at 25 Pond Lane in Southampton.

The day will start at 3 p.m. with children’s visual workshops in Chinese sugar art, Indian henna painting and Chinese kung fu. “Beautiful, colorful Philippine textiles representing the unique art form of textiles will be on display, and an Asian guqin instrument will be performing peaceful mountain music, as part of the workshops,” according to a press release.

A live performance will follow at 5 p.m., showcasing the Chinese Lion Dance, tea art, kung fu, guquin music and Philippine dances.

“The Philippine dances will be one of the most distinctive component of this year’s festival,” the release said. “Colorful costumes and ornaments enhance the dancer’s appearance, whose bell anklets and rhythmic steps provide the sole accompaniment to punctuate their movements.”

The performance will conclude with Chinese face changing, a crowd pleaser in Asian, Europe and the United States, and a source of “intense fascination for both children and adults,” the release said.

“The face changing, known as ‘Bian Lian’ in Chinese, was initially an important aspect of the Chinese Sichuan Opera, where the performers used face changing techniques on stage and transformed them into a special art with stunning skills,” it said.

A “Taste of Asia” food reception will close the evening from 6 to 7 p.m., including a cooking demonstration sponsored by the Philippine Consulate.

Tickets are $20 and $10 for children and students under age 21. For more information, visit scc-arts.org.

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