ChinaFest Festival at Richmond's VMFA

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RICHMOND,VA:  ChinaFest, Richmond ’s festival celebrating Chinese culture, heritage and history will return for an eighth year February 21 through 24.   This year this popular festival will be held at  the University of Richmond and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, both long-time partners in the event.   Since its inception, ChinaFest has been sponsored by the Rose Group, with a mission of promoting better understanding between China and the United States through the sharing of Chinese culture.  

On Thursday, February 21, the opening program, “Unique Perspectives on China: A Conversation with Deborah Fallows and James Fallows, will take place at University of Richmond (UR) at 6:30 pm. Alex Nyerges, Director of Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) will serve as moderator. UR Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is a co-sponsor. Deborah Fallows is a well-known linguist and author who recently lived and traveled throughout China and wrote “Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love and Language ” a wise and witty memoire about her experiences that was released in 2011.   She is joined by her husband James Fallows, a well-known American journalist and author who has been a national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly and is a former editor of U.S. News and World Report.  

Films have always been an important component of the Festival.    This year, four highly acclaimed films will be screened on Friday, Saturday and Sunday as part of the International Film Series at University of Richmond. These exceptional contemporary films include the witty and delightful family comedy (Piano Factory), an Australian film about freedom and the triumph of the individual (Mao ’s Last Dancer),  a dramatic and engaging art-house film (Buddha Mountain)and the enthralling Kung Fu sequel (Ip Man II).    

On Saturday, February 23, from 1:00-4:00 pm, ChinaFest Family Day will be held at VMFA. The event has grown tremendously over the past five years, with thousands of children and their families eagerly participating in hands-on arts and crafts activities, enjoying the lion dances, puppet shows, and dance performances.    The unique gallery hunt encourages the children to look for clues related to Chinese culture while they search through various galleries, a great way to introduce arts to the young as well as the parents.   New this year are participants of the Confucius Institutes from William and Mary as well as George Mason University. They will demonstrate paper cutting, calligraphy, and other activities.

ChinaFest is the annual event sponsored by The Rose Group for Cross-Cultural Understanding, with its mission to promote better understanding between the peoples of the U.S. and China through cultural presentations and exchanges. The Rose Group gratefully acknowledges the support of Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the University of Richmond, long-time partners. MeadWestvaco Foundation joins this year as the co-sponsor for the Family Day.  

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