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British musician’s rap captures joy of Spring Festival in Guangdong



GUANGZHOU /PRNewswire/ — A report from GDToday:

As the Year of the Dragon draws near, the lion dance is set to take center stage in Guangdong’s Spring Festival celebrations. Legend has it that the dancing lion was designed in the image of one of the nine sons of loong, or the Chinese dragon. Inspired by this rich tradition, British musician Shaun Gibson has penned a bilingual rap about the dragon dance and the lion dance, inviting global travelers to experience the Chinese New Year in Guangdong.

In the music video, vibrant dragon dance and lion dance performances unfold against the backdrop of iconic landmarks such as the Guangzhou Cultural & Arts Centre, Guangzhou Museum of Art, Foshan Ancestral Temple, and Jieyang’s Qiaolin township. Click on the video and immerse yourself in the festive ambiance of Guangdong!

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Andre Du’s New Year Journey: Unique Spring Festival Celebrations Across Seven Ethnicities



KUNMING, China /PRNewswire/ — Yunnan Innyo Co., Ltd., in collaboration with @visityunnan, invites you on a captivating exploration journey with Andre Du. Throughout the Chinese New Year of 2024, Andre Du will travel over 3,500 kilometers across various locations in Yunnan, experiencing the Chinese New Year customs of seven different ethnicities. His journey will be meticulously documented, and a series of short videos titled “Chinese New Year, Yunnan Flavor” will be shared on the official TikTok and Facebook accounts of the Yunnan Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism.

Andre Du’s New Year Jounery in Yunnan

Hailing from South Africa, Andre Du is an internationally certified accountant who had previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of the African financial group First Rand Group. He relocated to China for work in 2016 and selected Yunnan as his place of residence. In 2022, Mr. Du officially embarked on his journey as a content creator. Through the creation of short videos capturing his travels, he endeavors to share the picturesque landscapes, delightful discoveries, and rich ethnic cultures of Yunnan with a wider audience.

During the Chinese New Year of 2024, Andre Du will embark on a journey starting from Kunming, traveling westward, and visiting locations like Chuxiong, Dali, Lijiang, and Deqin. He will visit seven ethnic groups, including the Yi, Bai, Zang, Naxi, Lisu, Pumi, and Mosuo, capturing himself in their unique Chinese New Year cultural customs. These experiences will encapsulate a Chinese New Year infused with Yunnan’s unique flavor and diverse ethnic traditions.

The immersive exposure to the homes of various ethnic groups will provide Mr. Du with a nuanced understanding of the Chinese New Year, emphasizing its significance as a universal moment of reunion. Irrespective of geographical challenges, the shared commitment to returning home for a familial reunion will underscore the profound respect each family will accord to this grand festival in the future.

Embark on an enchanting journey through Yunnan with Andre Du’s captivating video series, “Chinese New Year, Yunnan Flavor.” Follow us on the official TikTok @visityunnan and Facebook @GoYunnan.Official accounts of the Yunnan Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism. May this immersive experience of Yunnan’s cultural richness and natural wonders inspire your travel plans. Seize the opportunity to explore this distinctive destination.

SOURCE Yunnan Innyo Co., Ltd.

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San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden Presents an Immersive Experience, Nature Nights



SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden (SLOBG) is delighted to present Nature Nights, an enchanting outdoor holiday light, art, and music experience. This year’s event promises to be even more captivating and magical than before.

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From November 17 to December 31, 2023, guests can explore eight acres of the garden adorned with stunning lighting exhibitions and captivating art installations. Live music performances will create a delightful atmosphere every night, accompanied by delectable local culinary treats and a selection of regional wine and beer.

Nature Nights attracted over 9,000 visitors last year, and this year’s event is set to be even more spectacular. Don’t miss out on this extraordinary opportunity to immerse yourself in the beauty of nature and the holiday spirit.

In addition to the regular event, there are two special occasions to mark on your calendar. The Opening Night Benefit Party on November 16 will feature a grand reveal of the lights, along with cocktails, food, and live music by Joy Polloi. And to bid farewell to the year, the Closing NYE Party on December 31 will provide a memorable way to welcome the new year.

To attend Nature Nights, tickets are available for purchase at My805Tix.com. General admission for adults is $27, youth (6-17) is $17, and children aged 5 and under enter for free. Members of SLOBG receive a 20% discount on up to 8 tickets. Opening night tickets, including food, wine/cocktails, and more, are priced at $125.

Nature Nights will be held at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, located at 3450 Dairy Creek Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405. For more information and details, please visit www.slobg.org or contact (805) 541-1400.

Join us for a magical celebration of nature, art, and music at Nature Nights. Experience the beauty of the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden like never before!

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Clark Atlanta University Art Museum’s “Woman in Blue” Is Signature Marketing Image for MET’s “Harlem Renaissance” Exhibition



ATLANTA /PRNewswire/ — Clark Atlanta University Art Museum is among several HBCU museums and galleries to have artwork featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s upcoming exhibition, “The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism.” The exhibition is scheduled to run from February 25 through July 28, 2024.

“Through some 160 works, it will explore the comprehensive and far-reaching ways in which Black artists portrayed everyday modern life in the new Black cities that took shape in the 1920s–40s in New York City’s Harlem and Chicago’s South Side and Nationwide in the early decades of the Great Migration when millions of African Americans began to move away from the segregated rural South. The first survey of the subject in New York City since 1987, the exhibition will establish the Harlem Renaissance as the first African American–led movement of international modern art and will situate Black artists and their radically new portrayals of the modern Black subject as central to our understanding of international modern art and modern life.” The MET News Release

CAU Art Museum’s Woman in Blue, a painting by William H. Johnson, is the signature image for all media and banners for the exhibition. The portrait is of a Black woman in a vibrant blue dress, staring straight ahead but facing forward, seated sideways on a wooden chair.

“The colors are striking,” said Danille K. Taylor, director of the Clark Atlanta University Art Museum, in an article appearing in the New York Times announcing the exhibition. “It’s the angle that she looks at you. The colors and texture give it a three-dimensional quality.”

The CAU Art Museum loaned the MET four additional paintings: Woman with Kerchief by William Artis, Mr. and Mrs. Barton by John N. Robinson Jr., Friends by Margaret Taylor Goss, and Pickets by Roy DeCarava. Denise Murrell, the Merryl H. & James S. Tisch Curator at Large at the MET, researched and traveled to several HBCUs over a two-year period identifying pieces for the exhibition. The MET provided funding for conservation of Woman in Blue. Fisk University Galleries, Hampton University Art Museum, and Howard University Gallery of Art Howard, Fisk also loaned pieces to the exhibition.

About Clark Atlanta University 
Clark Atlanta University was formed with the consolidation of Atlanta University and Clark College, both of which hold unique places in the annals of African American history. Atlanta University, established in 1865 by the American Missionary Association, was the nation’s first institution to award graduate degrees to African Americans. Clark College, established four years later in 1869, was the nation’s first four-year liberal arts college to serve a primarily African American student population. Today, with nearly 4,000 students, CAU is the largest of the four institutions (CAU, Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Morehouse School of Medicine) that comprise the Atlanta University Center Consortium. It is also the largest of the 37-member UNCF institutions. Notable alumni include James Weldon Johnson, American civil rights activist, poet, and songwriter (Lift Every Voice and Sing, “The Black National Anthem”; Ralph David Abernathy, Sr., American civil rights activist; Congressman Hank Johnson, Georgia District 4; Kenya Barris, American award-winning television and movie producer; Kenny Leon, Tony Award-winning Broadway Director; Jacque Reid, Emmy Award-winning Television Personality and Journalist; Brandon Thompson, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for NASCAR; Valeisha Butterfield Jones, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the Recording Academy. To learn more about Clark Atlanta University, visit www.cau.edu.

SOURCE Clark Atlanta University

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