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Detroit Institute of Arts – Chinese New Year Celebration 2017

Ok so let me first start by informing you, if you don’t already know, the DIA is FREE to residents of Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne County. Just show them your license, they hand you a ticket. That’s it. FREE as in – you pay NOTHING. Also, the parking meters downtown on Sundays are also FREE. Not the parking structures, just the street meters, but even still, free is free. So, why aren’t you taking advantage of this? I know I don’t go anywhere near often enough.

Ok now that’s out of the way, I actually came to tell you about the cool stuff the DIA was doing to celebrate the Chinese New Year. This year is the year of the rooster. I went on 2/13/17 and was able to watch multiple presentations. There were beautiful costumes and Chinese opera.

A very steady handed and talented calligrapher create detailed and intricate patterns, all while a narrator explained the process to the audience. I learned a lot about this beautiful art.

I watched a painter demonstrate just a tiny bit of her immense talent, and later had an opportunity to speak with her briefly and see some of her other works of art being displayed. Here is one of her more intricate pieces. She had quite a few works of art on display.

I also got an introduction to Chinese music and instruments, which were fascinating, while the extremely gifted ensemble performed a concert on stage. Many of the musicians played the Erhu, a two-stringed bowed instrument. The sound is hauntingly beautiful.

There was so much going on that I did not see it all, but I did get to woodblock stamp a dragon onto paper, which was fun.

I also really enjoyed seeing all the puppets on display and available to play with, especially the dragons!

Overall, I felt the event was fun, educational, a good excuse to visit the DIA, and a great introduction into some of Chinese culture and art. If you live in the tri-county area you should make an effort to get out to the DIA!

Photos by Austin Benedict. Article by Melissa.

The rest of the photos we took are below.

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