Chinese New Year Festival

Music for the Soul, Art for Life
An image of a rabbit sits next to the text Chinese Festival | January 25 - 26 2023
Event Date & Time
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Event Location
Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall in Ferguson Hall

2106 4th St S
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Wednesday, January 25 – Thursday, January 26, 2023, the University of Minnesota School of Music will host the Chinese Festival “Music for the Soul, Art for Life” to celebrate the vibrant and expanding presence of Chinese art and culture in the Twin Cities, and to showcase the achievements of Chinese and Chinese-American musicians and artists. The festival falls within the Chinese lunar New Year (January 22, 2023  to February 5, 2023). 

The festival extends across four events: a panel discussion of arts and cultural diplomacy, a concert featuring the winners of the New Voices competition, a festive lunch reception, and a panel discussion of Chinese film and visual arts.

Events are free and open to the public, although pre-registration is strongly encouraged. 



Arts & Cultural Diplomacy
Wednesday, January 25, 7 - 8:30 pm, Ultan Recital Hall
A panel of experts gather via zoom, from across the country, to discuss how arts and cultural exchange has and can continue to support the China/US relationship. 

Cathy Barbash (Arts Consultant, Philadelphia)
Naima Green-Riley (Princeton School of Public and International Affairs)
John L. Holden (McLarty Associates, Washington DC)
Ann Waltner (History Department, University of Minnesota), moderator 


A Celebration of Chinese Music
Thursday, January 26, 11 am - 12 pm, Ultan Recital Hall
“A Celebration of Chinese Music” will announce and showcase winners of the New Voices Competition. This competition was open to all current University of Minnesota students. 


Chinese New Year Reception
Thursday, January 26, 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm, Ted Mann Concert Hall lobby
This festive gathering will include catering from Tea House, Minneapolis, with other light lunch fare and live background music on the Chinese plucked zither (guzheng).


Chinese Treasures and Muses from the Museum to Cinema to the Internet
Thursday, January 26, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm, Ultan Recital Hall
A panel of local experts on Chinese film and the visual arts will discuss the crucial role of film in China, stretching across decades, and the powerful intersection of the arts in recent developments up to the collaboration of the Minneapolis Arts Institute with Tim Yip, art director and designer for film, opera, and across the arts. 

Daniel Greenberg (Art History, University of Minnesota)
Yang Liu (Minneapolis Institute of Art)
Jason McGrath (Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Minnesota)
Xin Yang (Asian Languages and Cultures, Macalester College) 

Events in Ultan Recital Hall will be livestreamed.  Artists and programs are subject to change.



Special thanks to Cong Liu, Festival Director.

The School of Music would like to thank the following University of Minnesota sponsors: the Office for Equity and Diversity, the Graduate School, the College of Liberal Arts Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Carlson Global Institute, China Center, the Institute for Global Studies, the Art History Department, Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, and the History Department.

University of Minnesota School of Music

University of Minnesota School of Music is the region’s leading institution for the education of successful performers, composers, teachers, therapists, administrators, and scholars. The School connects with the University through classes that foster creativity and artistic thought, participatory performing opportunities, community engagement activities, and hundreds of public performances each year. For further information on the School of Music, visit this page

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