Chinese Culture Days at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Celebrate Chinese arts, culture, music and cuisine.

| April 3, 2009

St. Louis – Celebrate Chinese arts, culture, music and cuisine during Chinese Culture Days at the Missouri Botanical Garden, Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Marvel at the daring acrobatic feats of the New Shanghai Circus Troupe, experience a traditional dancing dragon parade, and enjoy a new Chinese Fashion and Cultural Show highlighting regional and clothing, song and dance. In honor of the Garden’s 150th anniversary, this year’s Chinese Culture Days will also feature a rare art exhibit of Chinese bronze artifacts from the Song, Ming, Hahn and Qing dynasties.

Chinese Culture Days admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (ages 65 and over), and $5 for children (ages three to 12). Garden members are $5; members’ children ages 12 and under are free. Doors open at 9 a.m. with activities from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Purchase tickets online in advance.

A Grand Parade opens the festivities on Saturday at 11 a.m., led by a colorful, 70-foot, 24-legged dragon weaving through the crowd to dispel bad luck and evil spirits. Dance teams, martial artists, acrobats, and groups in traditional costumes follow, clanging gongs and pounding drums to represent happiness and good luck in this Year of the Ox in the Chinese zodiac. The parade will wind through grounds again at 2 p.m. both days.

Watch as skilled Shanghai acrobats perform a spectacular extravaganza of elegant dance, dazzling acrobatics, mysterious magic, mystical music, and much more! For more than 40 years, the New Shanghai Circus Troupe has worked to perfect the fine Chinese folk art of tumbling into an international award-winning performance involving both artistry and acrobatics. Performances are held at noon and 4 p.m. both days at the outdoor Cohen Amphitheater.

Don’t miss an exclusive viewing of Chinese bronze artifacts of the Song, Ming, Hahn and Qing dynasties. The pieces are on loan from a private St. Louis collector and will be displayed throughout the event weekend in the Spink Gallery on the upper level of the Ridgway Visitor Center.

Local models will showcase traditional and regional styles at the Chinese Fashion and Cultural Show, taking place twice daily at 1 and 4:30 p.m. in the Shoenberg Theater on the lower level of the Ridgway Visitor Center. Seating is limited.

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