Kwan Lion Dance to Perform at 'Faces of Chinatown' Opening

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Kwan Lion Dance to Perform at ‘Faces of Chinatown’ Opening

OPENING EVENTS—September 14-15, 2012

Cleveland – The opening reception of Faces of Chinatown will include a performance by Kwan Lion Dance at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 14th in Asian Town Center’s 2nd floor gallery, 3820 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, 44114 (map).

Faces of Chinatown is an extensive photography exhibit capturing the evolution of Cleveland’s Chinatown.  (Click here to see a preview of the exhibit.)  The September 14 opening reception, which runs from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., features exhibit collaborators and Chinatown family members George Kwan, Jr. and Lisa Wong.  Performers of the lion dance, a rare treat outside of the Chinese New Year, include descendants of one of the original Chinatown families.  For over a thousand years, the Chinese Lion Dance has played an important role in bringing good luck to official openings and celebrations.  The Kwan Family Lion Dance Team will perform a brief version of their dance at the 2012 Cleveland Asian Festival.

The day after the opening reception, on Saturday, September 15, Faces of Chinatown will be a featured stop on the SPARX City Hop from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  (The City Hop draws 25,000 patrons annually to galleries, studios, restaurants, and retail shops citywide.)  Faces of Chinatown continues through October 14 during Asian Town Center’s business hours, 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. daily.

Faces of Chinatown is a project of Asian Services in Action (ASIA), with partial funding provided by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.  ASIA receives public support with local tax dollars from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, to preserve and enrich our region’s artistic and cultural heritage. The St. Clair Superior Development Corporation and Margaret Wong & Associates provided additional project support.  Read more about Faces of Chinatown.

Founded in 1995 by four Asian immigrant women, the mission of ASIA is to empower and advocate for Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders (AAPIs); and to provide AAPIs access to quality, culturally, and linguistically appropriate information and services.  For more information about the exhibit, please contact 216-881-0330 or