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Family festivals offer a day of celebration and discovery inspired by exhibitions at the Getty Center. Each unique festival features performances by local dance and music groups, storytelling, art-making workshops, and gallery activities.

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Family Festival celebrating
Cave Temples of Dunhuang and Traversing the Globe through Illuminated Manuscripts

Date: Saturday, June 11, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Admission: Free; no ticket required.

Navigate the myriad cultures of the Silk Road and beyond in this family festival inspired by the exhibitions Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China's Silk Road and Traversing the Globe Through Illuminated Manuscripts. With hands-on workshops and interactive events, you can make your own book, learn how to write a couple of Chinese characters, witness the beauty of calligraphy from the Middle Kingdom, be entranced by stories of Buddha in animal forms, and feel the world's interconnectedness through music and dance from China to Peru.

 
MAIN STAGE

Tzvetanka and Ivan Varimezovi with Ivanka Paunova
10:30–11:15 a.m. and 3:15–4:00 p.m.

Come hear traditional Bulgarian folk music, and if you're brave enough, learn some folk dances with this world-renowned trio of Bulgarian folk musicians. Ivan and Tzvetanka Varimezovi, widely regarded as living masters of the Bulgarian folk tradition, will be joined by Ivanka Paunova, one of the preeminent choral conductors in Bulgaria. Known for their complex, polyphonic vocal arrangements, and their expertise in Bulgarian folk instruments from the bagpipes to the gadulka, this group will introduce you to a side of Bulgarian culture you never knew existed.

 
Spring Thunder Music Association
Noon–1:00 p.m.

This Monterey Park-based ensemble was founded in 1980 with hopes of bringing the sounds of traditional Chinese music to Southern California. Their mission was a success, spawning an ensemble consisting of more than 30 accomplished musicians from Mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Their musical styles are pulled from all parts of China, employing traditional Chinese instruments, and comprising both solo and ensemble performances. If you ever wanted to hear the dizi (flute), pipa (lute), huqins (fiddle), yangqin (dulcimer), and ancient guqin (zither) all at the same time, then this is your chance.

 
Raices Peruanas
1:45–2:30 p.m and 4:45–5:45 p.m.

Feel free to dance along as this group takes you on a tour of their native Peru. Raices Peruanas is a cultural institution dedicated to spreading the Peruvian culture through song and dance. The group's members include native-born Peruvians, as well as American performers of Peruvian descent, creating a rich, all-encompassing blend of their shared culture. The performance includes two traditional Peruvian dances that originated in the Andes mountains, as well as Marinera Norteña, the national dance of Peru. In between, musicians will be performing traditional Peruvian folk songs.

MUSEUM LECTURE HALL

 
Music of China Ensemble
11:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m. and 2:45–3:30 p.m.

Playing with traditional Chinese wind and string instruments, this group performs pieces all across the Chinese tradition–from Kun opera of the 15th century to modern compositions to traditional silk-and-bamboo music from Shanghai. Led by Li Chi, one of the world's most accomplished erhu (two-string bowed fiddle) players and adjunct professor of ethnomusicology at UCLA, this ensemble is committed to honoring every aspect of Chinese music's past and present.

Stories of the Cave Temples
1:15–2:00 p.m. and 4:15–5:00 p.m.

Inspired by the very stories stunningly rendered on the cave temple walls, dancers and musicians from UCLA's Department of World Arts and Cultures will take viewers on a journey through three stages of the Buddha's existence: his past life as a wise and kindhearted multicolored deer, his path to Enlightenment, and his teachings as portrayed in the cave paintings and the Buddhist scriptures. Just as the cave paintings showcase artistry from across Eurasia, this presentation combines the song, movement, and images from China, India, and the Middle East in a unique Los Angeles context. Children and adults alike are invited to participate in the interactive portions of the performance. Presented in collaboration with the UCLA Confucius Institute.

DEMONSTRATION

Artist Demonstration with Tang Qingnian: The Virtue of Brush and Ink viewers on a journey through three stages of the Buddha's existence: his past life as a wise and kindhearted multicolored deer, his path to Enlightenment, and his teachings as portrayed in the cave paintings and the Buddhist scriptures. Just as the cave paintings showcase artistry from across Eurasia, this presentation combines the song, movement, and images from China, India, and the Middle East in a unique Los Angeles context. Children and adults alike are invited to participate in the interactive portions of the performance. Presented in collaboration with the UCLA Confucius Institute.

DEMONSTRATION

Artist Demonstration with Tang Qingnian: The Virtue of Brush and Ink
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Contemporary artist, art critic, and international curator Tang Qingnian will give an introduction to the art of Chinese calligraphy and ink painting. The artist will share some of his recent ink-based artwork, including traditional calligraphy and more avant-garde mixed-media works, and introduce the art form's key aesthetic and conceptual elements. Presented in collaboration with the UCLA Confucius Institute.

WORKSHOPS
10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Whirlwind Binding (Xuanfeng Zhuang) with Erin Zamrzla
The Whirlwind Binding is one of the unique bindings discovered among the Dunhuang treasures. The pages are bound together and then rolled up, resembling a scroll. With a few simple materials, you can create your very own Whirlwind-Bound Book. The handmade papers are a great place to stamp the date or practice your calligraphy.

 
Calligraphy Exploration Station
Try your hand at shufa, the Chinese art of calligraphy. For centuries, Chinese artists and literati have used three simple tools—the maobi brush, black ink, and rice paper—to create dazzling works of art employing a wide range of forms and techniques. Museum goers of all ages are invited to freely experiment and explore with real Chinese maobi brushes and ink at this open calligraphy workshop. Volunteers from UCLA will help those interested in learning traditional brushstrokes and simple Chinese characters. Presented in collaboration with the UCLA Confucius Institute.

Postcard Workshop
Using colorful markers and stamps create a one-of-a-kind postcard to send to friends and family from Los Angeles to China. We supply the stamps and mail it for you!

CENTRAL GARDEN

Singing Bowls in the Garden
Noon–5:00 p.m.

In celebration of the Cave Temples of Dunhuang, sound therapy practitioners from Los Angeles's Seicho Foundation will activate several areas in the lower Getty garden with singing bowls. Practitioners will play bowls while individuals and families wander in and out of the circles, sitting, standing, or lying amongst the bowls to experience their resonance and vibrations. Additionally, hands-on experiences will be offered and visitors will be invited to try their hands coaxing melodic tones from the bowls.

The Family Festival is produced for the J. Paul Getty Museum by Community Arts Resources.

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