HOUSTON ARTS ALLIANCE’S FOLKLIFE + TRADITIONAL ARTS PRESENTS WINTER CELEBRATIONS
October 21, 2015
HOUSTON, TX (October 21, 2015) – Houston is a town where summer punishes and winter forgives. As a result, the winter months in Houston provide an extra opportunity to celebrate the season in special ways that express our diversity, our internationalism and our local heritage.
In response to this phenomena, Houston Arts Alliance’s Folklife + Traditional Arts program presents Winter Celebrations, a trio of installations, along with live performances and interactive events centered on the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Lunar New Year and the African-American trail riders who help kick off the annual Livestock Show and Rodeo.
These distinctive traditions share more than a season — they are all public, participatory, festive events involving parade-like processional activities, music and dance, and fancy garb or costume. What’s not to love!
This upcoming December, January and February, all events associated with Winter Celebrations will take place at Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston (MATCH), 3400 Main Street, Houston’s newest, innovative art space. All events are free and open to the public. They include:
December 2 - 8, 2015
Winter Celebrations: Observing the Feast Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe
Opening reception: December 3, 6 – 8 p.m. with food, drink, music and devotional dance
Catholics the world over venerate the Virgin of Guadalupe, but She is especially revered by Mexicans. Her feast day on December 12 is celebrated in Houston in private homes, in neighborhood parishes and in a huge downtown procession that attracts scores of religious dance groups that come to honor Her. Programs and installation will explore the artful practices of devotion associated with this holiday.
January 13 - 19, 2016
Winter Celebrations: Exploring Lunar New Year
Opening reception: January 14, 6 - 8 p.m. with food, drink, lion dancing and more.
The Chinese and Vietnamese Lunar New Year is based on a lunar cycle that falls between January 21 and February 20 on the Gregorian calendar. Its celebration incites spectacular preparations, performances and displays at temples, businesses and personal residences throughout the city. A weeklong evocation of the spirit of this complex cultural event will be presented.
Monday, January 18, 2016, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Winter Celebrations Family Day
A special celebration with mariachi music, devotional dance, zydeco, lion dancing, calligraphy and paper cutting demonstrations and more.
February 10 - 16, 2016
Winter Celebrations: Honoring Houston’s African-American Trail Riders
Opening reception: February 11, 6 – 8 p.m. with food, drink and a zydeco dance.
Every year, as winter draws to a close, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo opens with more than a dozen trail ride associations traversing the region and meeting in downtown for the opening parade. This presentation will unpack the city’s rural heritage, its role in the black cowboy story and the art of the ride.
Bank of America is the lead presenting sponsor for the entire Winter Celebrations series and for the free Family Day on January 18, 2016. Additional support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Houston Endowment.