Join us for our Asian Heritage Festival on Saturday! Inspired by the cultures and traditions represented in our Asian art collection, this free festival features art activities, storytelling, and more. Here are five things to do while you’re here.
- Listen to traditional Chinese instruments. It wouldn’t be a proper celebration without music! Local musicians will perform traditional Chinese music from 11AM-12PM.
- Take a scavenger hunt. The Chinese New Year begins on February 16, which means it’s almost time to say goodbye to the Year of the Rooster and hello to the Year of the Dog. Kick off the celebration with a search to find symbols of the zodiac sign in our Asian art galleries and Afterlife: Asian Art from the Weldon Collection.
- Watch a special dance performance. Butoh in Birmingham will present a special performance art piece in the Museum’s auditorium at 1PM. A form of Japanese dance theatre, Butoh includes a wide range of expressive techniques and movements, making it difficult to define, but fascinating to watch.
- Create your own works of art. The festival will feature art activities for all ages, including the ancient Japanese art form of sumi-e ink painting, yupo paper-lantern making, and block printing inspired by prints in the Museum’s Korean art collection.
- Visit Afterlife: Asian Art from the Weldon Collection. This exhibition journeys across Asia to explore the fascinating role of art in this life and the next. Over 60 works span thousands of years of history from China, Japan, India, the Himalayas, and Southeast Asia. It closes on January 28, so Saturday is a great time to check it out.
The 2017–2018 Family Festivals Series is presented by Medical Properties Trust.