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Posted on: January 19, 2017

Rockville to Celebrate Lunar New Year on Jan. 28

Bigger Than Ever, Rockville’s Celebration Relocates to Wootton High School

Rockville, Maryland, Jan. 19 – Rockville will celebrate its Asian cultures with performances, exhibits and food, at the city’s Lunar New Year celebration, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28.

This year the celebration moves to Thomas S. Wootton High School, 2100 Wootton Parkway, to accommodate the large number of community members who attend. It will again offer a chance to experience Rockville’s diversity through multigenerational performances, exhibits featuring character writing, games, demonstrations and a sample of Asian cuisine.

Performers will include Central Evergreen Dance Group, Chinese Culture and Community Service Center Dragon Dance Team, Diana Dance Arts, Graceful Postures and Dance, House of Angklung, Lihui’s Youth Choir and Potomac Youth Choir, Indonesian Kids Performing Arts, Migrant Heritage Commission Fil-Am Dance Ensemble, US Chinese Wushu Institution, Washington Asian Philharmonic Orchestra and West Asian Belly Dance Club.

Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Performances are from 10 a.m. to noon. Exhibits are ongoing throughout the celebration.

Organized by Rockville’s Asian Pacific American Task Force, the celebration will mark the beginning of the year 4715, the Year of the Rooster, on the Chinese Zodiac calendar. One in three Rockville residents were born outside the United States and 54 percent of the city’s foreign-born population was born in Asia, according to the city’s planning department.

For more information, contact task force liaison Janet Kelly at 240-314-8316 or jkelly@rockvillemd.gov. Visit www.rockvillemd.gov/lunarnewyear for a full list of performers and video of the 2016 celebration. For information about access, call the city’s Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator at 240-314-8108, TTY: 240-314-8137 or relay 711.

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