Met museum event Feb. 5 observes ‘Year of the Rooster’

Year of the Rooster

Many performers will participate in the Mets’ ‘Lunar New Year Festival: Year of the Rooster.’ Metropolitan Museum of Art image


NEW YORK – The Metropolitan Museum of Art will host its annual Lunar New Year festival on Sunday, Feb. 5, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Lunar New Year Festival: Year of the Rooster” will feature dozens of engaging programs—for visitors of all ages—that reflect traditions from across Asia. Dance and music performances, artist-led workshops, and interactive gallery activities will take place throughout The Met Fifth Avenue as part of the festival celebration. All Lunar New Year Festival programming is free with museum admission.

Visitors will be able to participate in many of the festival performances that will take place in various areas within The Met Fifth Avenue during the six-hour celebration. Performances include a colorful parade through the museum’s Great Hall led by the Chinese Center on Long Island Lion Troupe, a Chinese Opera performance by the acclaimed Qian Yi, music from China Youth Orchestra conducted by Wang Guowei, and Balinese music with Gamelan Dharma Swara.

A puppet show by Sesame Street puppeteers, featuring Alan Muraoka, will be followed by a photo op with both performers and puppets.

Several artist-led workshops will be offered throughout the Museum as part of event.

Adults are invited to participate in collection chats spotlighting works on view in the museum’s galleries. Topics are Chinese painting, Cambodian sculpture and a Chinese opera robe. Collection chats begin at 1 p.m., with new chats every 30 minutes.