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Moon Festival

Moon Festival

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When:

  • Sat 6 Sep ’14, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 7 Sep ’14, 10:00am – 5:00pm

Where:

Dunedin Chinese Garden, Cnr Rattray & Cumberland Streets, Dunedin

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Family Pass Special: $15.00

Saturday 6 September
Tai Chi 10am – 11am
Join in the demonstration in the unique setting of the Garden. Practice the graceful movements that help reduce stress and anxiety while also increasing flexibility and balance.

Tower Room Storytelling 10.30am – 11.30am
Hear our talented storyteller, Danny Still, weave magical tales of Moon Festival folklore. Discover the history behind this great cultural event.

Garden Tour 11am – 12pm
Find out what it takes to maintain the Dunedin Chinese Garden. Gardener Ian leads you on an informative tour through the Garden, discussing plant selection and authentic Chinese garden architecture. Meet at Ting Pavilion, bookings essential as spaces limited.

Tea Ceremony 12pm – 12.30pm
The tea ceremony is a Chinese cultural activity which shows the ceremonial preparation and presentation of tea. The ceremony is practiced to foster harmony in humanity, promote harmony with nature, discipline the mind, quiet the heart and attain the purity of enlightenment. Meet in the teahouse.

Rabbit Lantern workshop 2pm – 3pm
What do Moon Rabbits look like? Let your child’s imagination go lunar in our rabbit lantern workshop for those aged 4-8 years. Tower Room. Bookings required as spaces are limited. Gold coin donation for materials.

Sunday 7 September
Tai Chi 10am – 11am
Join in the demonstration in the unique setting of the Garden. Practice the graceful movements that help reduce stress and anxiety while also increasing flexibility and balance.

Rabbit Lantern workshop 10.30am – 11.30am
What do Moon Rabbits look like? Let your child’s imagination go lunar in our rabbit lantern workshop for those aged 4-8 years. Tea House. Bookings required as spaces are limited. Gold coin donation for materials.

Tower Room Talk 11pm – 12pm
Chinese early settlers in Otago. Seàn Brosnahan of Toitū Otago Settlers Museum discusses the Chinese people who first came to Otago during the 1860s gold rush and stayed to establish some of the city’s businesses. This contribution to business played a large part in making Dunedin New Zealand’s leading commercial centre.

Tower Room Storytelling 12.30pm – 1pm
Hear our talented storyteller, Danny Still, weave magical tales of Moon Festival folklore. Discover the history behind this great cultural event.

A Celebration of Chinese Culture 1pm – 3pm
The mid-autumn Moon Festival is one of the most important holidays in the Chinese calendar. It is a festival that traditionally brings families and friends together to honour the full Harvest Moon. Enjoy performances in the Scholar’s courtyard, play games and eat delicious moon cakes!

Moon Festival Poetry Competition
The Dunedin Chinese Garden is holding a poetry competition during the Moon Festival.
The theme is ‘Celestial Moon’. Entries open 6 September 2014 and close 10 October 2014. Competition entry forms are available at the Garden’s ticket office or from our website. For more information, please contact us.

Meet the Pandas! Saturday 6 September and Sunday 7 September
Yong Qi and Xuan Ze
These activities run throughout the Moon Festival weekend:
Moon cake hunt – find eight moon cakes hidden around the Garden and win a prize!
Lantern riddle game
Traditional Chinese games
Rabbit hunt
Moon Festival quiz
Puzzles, games and craft activities in the Tower Room

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