The second event of a new arts series programmed by Think!Chinatown (T!C), “Chinatown Nights,” returns to Forsyth Plaza on Friday, July 30th, from 8:00pm – 11pm. Touted as an “open-air cultural festival [that] features an art installation lightbox showcasing Chinatown-focused programming alongside street food vendors,” the evening will also feature art vendors of traditional Chinese crafts: sugar painting art and braided straw figures.
“Our July 30th program will include live performances by singer Annie YuRong Yu and chamber ensemble Music from China. Annie will be performing Chinese classic pop hits as well as old favorites and you’ll hear traditional classical instrumental melodies from Music from China.
Photographs of our community by Cindy Trinh and Ed Cheng will be showcased on our special lightbox, along with a shadow puppet installation by Spica Wobbe and the Eastern Fuzhou Opera Association. We’ll also be showing another piece from T!C’s Art of Storytelling project, featuring the Sing-Bock family with illustrations by Jacqueline Tam, and an encore of our first Chinatown Night’s program (which ended early due to rain).
“Chinatown Nights” is presented in partnership with Neighborhoods Now and Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE). The event will be the pilot installment of a recurring incubation program to support local vendors, bring more foot traffic into Chinatown during weekday evenings, and help make underutilized city spaces more welcoming and accessible to the public. We appreciate your support as “Chinatown Nights” evolves into a fuller program with live public performances and more vendors. Chinatown Nights is a free ticketed event.”