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Chinese Festival returns to Westerville Saturday


Central Ohio's Chinese community once again is inviting others to learn more about, and celebrate, the Chinese culture.

The seventh annual Chinese Festival will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Westerville Central High School, 7118 Mount Royal Ave. Admission is free.

Held in conjunction with the Chinese New Year, which will be Friday, Jan. 31, and ushers in the Year of the Horse, the festival is organized by Ohio Chinese Culture Link, Ohio Contemporary Chinese School, Central Ohio Families with Children from China and other Ohio groups that celebrate Chinese culture.

This year's festival will focus on China's capital, Beijing, and will highlight the city's colorful, artistic traditions and its history as China's cultural and political center.

The festival will include many Chinese cultural exhibits, including three stages that will showcase performances by professional and amateur artists from across the state.

Performances will include Peking opera, lion dances, ballet, Chinese folk dances, martial arts, choir and pop music, as well as instrumental performances on both traditional Chinese and western instruments.

There also will be a variety of other cultural demonstrations showcasing traditional Chinese arts, such as calligraphy, painting, colorful costume shows, tea ceremonies and photography.

Also during the festival, there will be many sports competitions, free children's games and Chinese cooking demonstrations.

Over the years, the Chinese Festival has grown to attract more than 7,000 participants.