The ACC Asian American & Pacific Islander Cultural Center celebrates the arrival of spring and the beginning of a new year with a Lunar New Year concert Saturday, January 21, at 3 p.m. at ACC Highland Campus. 

Lunar New Year is an important holiday in many Eastern and Southeastern Asian cultures. It is also known as Chinese New Year, Spring Festival/Chūnjié (Mandarin), Seollal (Korean), and Tết (Vietnamese). 

ACC’s Lunar New Year  celebration features performances by:

  • Texas Dragon/Lion Dance Team – A performance-driven dragon and lion dance group formed by local college students and Austinites from all walks of life with a goal to share and, in many cases, introduce the art of dragon and lion dancing to the community.
  • University of North Texas Chinese Ensemble – The first Chinese Ensemble established at a Texas university. The ensemble plays in the traditional Jiangnan sizhu (silk and bamboo) style.
  • Yuxin Mei – A renowned pipa performer, educator, and the UNT Chinese Ensemble founding director.
  • Austin Chinese Choir – A nonprofit, non-political, non-religious amateur mixed-voice chorus whose mission is to facilitate the exchange of Chinese and Western cultures in music.

Lunar New Year Concert

When: Saturday, January 21, 2023
Time: 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Where: ACC Highland Campus, Recital Hall

Learn more on the AAPI Cultural Center website. 

Lunar New Year is celebrated by more than 1 billion people around the world, including in China, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Vietnam, and many more. As hinted by the name, the dates of Lunar New Year celebrations are determined by the phases of the moon. The holiday begins during the second new moon after the winter solstice, around late January to mid-February, and celebrations usually last for 15 days.