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Chinese Lantern Festival

Chinese Lantern Festival

3 – 6 p.m. in the concert hall lobby (before “Turandot”)

Lantern Festival Performances and Activities:

  • Dragon Dance
  • Chinese Folk Dance
  • Chinese Instrument Performances
  • Chinese Adult Chorus
  • Pacific Symphony String Quartet
  • Pacific Symphony Youth Quartet
  • Lantern making with Bowers Museum
  • Riddles
  • Photo booth
  • Chinese paper cutting
  • Food
  • Lantern parade

Co-hosted with the Irvine Chinese School and presented in cooperation with Segerstrom Center for the Arts, this event is made possible through the generous support of the James Irvine Foundation.

Bring the entire family and join us for Pacific Symphony’s first-ever Lantern Festival, celebrating the Year of the Monkey! The Lantern Festival, which can be traced back 2,000 years, takes place 15 days after the Lunar New Year—on the first full moon night in the Chinese calendar—and marks the return of spring, representing the reunion of family. The act of lighting and appreciating lanterns is a way for people to let go of the burdens of their old selves and express their best wishes for themselves and their families for the future.

Pacific Symphony and South Coast Chinese Cultural Association/Irvine Chinese School join in presenting this free family-friendly festival to commemorate the end of the Lunar New Year with music, dance, art activities and food. Celebrate with us as our concert hall lobby becomes transformed for the festivities with lanterns created by Irvine Chinese School students, as well as adults from Nguoi Viet who are part of the Bowers Museum Treasures program. Lanterns on display will be curated by Orange County-based artist and curator Trinh Mai. The Festival will end with our very own lantern parade on the Segerstrom Arts Plaza.