CAFAM Moon Festival

Dear CAFAM members,

It’s almost time to gaze at the full Harvest Moon and share an evening of festivities together! CAFAM’s annual Moon Festival celebration is coming soon, and we hope you can join us.

What: Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

When: Sunday, October 1, 2017; 4 pm – 7:30 pm

Where: Woodfords Club, 179 Woodfords St., Portland
Please note that this is a new location for our event; in the past we were
across the street at Woodfords Church.

Admission: Free; please bring a dish to share

We will have a potluck dinner, entertainment, poetry & singing, and, as always, mooncakes! Come celebrate this Chinese holiday with us!

International Calligraphy Event

Just wanted to let you know about an interesting multicultural event coming up! One of our CAFAM members, Coco Liu, will be demonstrating Chinese calligraphy as part of the event. You may have seen Coco and her wonderful calligraphy at our Chinese New Year celebration.

What: “Try Your Hand” – International Calligraphy Art Interaction
When: Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017; 10 am – 1 pm (rain date Sept 10, 1 – 4 pm)
Where: Congress Square Park, Portland

Did you ever wish you could write in another language? Or have beautiful penmanship in your own? Here’s a chance to Try Your Hand at an international calligraphy event at Congress Square Park!

People from around the world will show you how to write in their native script, such as Cyrillic, Japanese, Arabic, Hebrew and Chinese. You’ll also have a chance to try Medieval and Modern Latin alphabet calligraphy to write English, French, German, Kinyarwanda, Romanian, Spanish, Swahili and more!

You’ll learn a few words from each language and be able to make a keepsake pendant and bookmark. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in Building Bridges by contributing your effort to creating a symbolic bridge of friendship.

Supplies will be provided and instruction is free.

This activity is fun and meaningful for children and adults.

CAFAM Newsletter

Dear CAFAM members,

Hope you are enjoying this beautiful Maine summer!

We have some updates for you in the latest CAFAM newsletter.

https://cafammaine.org/2017/08/17/cafam-newsletter-august-2017/

Please click the link to learn about:

– Recent dance workshop and film screening
– Upcoming Moon Festival celebration
– New CAFAM board members
– … and more!

Don’t forget that it’s time to renew your CAFAM membership. We encourage everyone to renew annually by September—which means NOW! Please go online and continue to support CAFAM. Thank you!

https://cafammaine.org/join/

We hope to see you at one of our upcoming events!

Thank you.

CAFAM Workshop Features Taiwanese Dancers

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What: Traditional & Modern Dance from Taiwan and China
Where: University of Southern Maine, Portland—Talbot Lecture Hall in the Luther Bonney Building
When: Monday, Aug 7, 2017; 6 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us for a special opportunity to learn about traditional and modern dance, featuring visiting dancers from Taiwan.

The workshop will offer a brief overview of dance practices in Taiwan before demonstrating modern dance techniques infused with aspects of Chinese folk dance and wushu (martial arts). Finally, the audience will be invited to try some of the basic elements of Taiwanese dance as previewed in the lecture demonstration. No dance experience necessary to enjoy this event!

The event is free. Some refreshments will be provided.

Here is information about the featured dancers:

Hsiu-Ju is a professional dancer and choreographer from Taipei, Taiwan.

In 1999, Hsiu-Ju received an American Dance Festival (A.D.F) scholarship to work with the David Dorfman Dance Company in the U.S. Since then, she has danced for numerous dance companies in Taiwan, performing large-scale works in a variety of venues. She danced in “Dream Dream Dream Dream,” produced by Century Contemporary Dance Company and has worked with Zhong Mei Li, co-choreographing a piece performed in Taiwan’s Experimental Theater. 


In 2002, Hsiu-Ju returned to the U.S. as she traveled with fellow artists from Taiwan University of Arts to tour various colleges and universities. In 2007, Hsiu-Ju danced for German-based choreographer Lai-Chui Shuang and in Century Contemporary Dance Company’s “living room of the home,” performed at the National Experimental Theatre.

Hsiu-Ju has worked with Taiwanese and foreign artists to create a music and dance collaboration between dancers and an orchestra through an exhibition that took place in southern Taiwan. Furthermore, she participated in the work “Room,” by Aboriginal Dance Theater and has worked with Hitoshi Hitoshi Theatre, Thirty Dance Theatre, and performed in the piece “Look” by Tainan’s Dance Theater. She joined 8213 Physical Theater’s production of “Unsigned Season” and “Not Dance” in 2011 and 2012. She also worked with Ilanit Tadmor, an Israeli choreographer to create a collaborative piece. Recently, Hsiu-Ju has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2014, Avignon Festival OFF in 2015 and at the World Dance Alliance symposium in Seoul, Korea in 2016.

Hsin-Yi is a graduate of Taiwan’s prestigious dance conservatory, Taipei National University of the Arts. She has performed and taught internationally and throughout Taiwan.

She has had the opportunity to dance with multiple professional dance companies in Taiwan including Assembly Dance Theatre, Century Contemporary Dance Company, 30 Dance Contemporary, Jazz Dance Theater and 8213 Physical Dance Theater.

Over the past seven years, Hsin-Yi has been invited to participate in a variety of international festivals including the New York International Arts Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the Korean International Dance Festival.

In addition to her dance career, Hsin-Yi is a professional martial artist, specializing in Tai-Chi forms. She incorporates her martial arts expertise and knowledge of the subtle, intuitive body into her dance movement practice. She is renowned for her unique movement style that combines Eastern and Western aesthetics, resulting in a style that is strong yet graceful.

Reminder: “Abacus” Film Screening at Space Gallery

When: Wednesday, July 5, 2017; 7 pm

Where: Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland

What: “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” documentary film

CAFAM and Space Gallery are co-hosting the screening of this fascinating documentary about a small bank owned by a Chinese family faced with fighting criminal charges during U.S. financial crisis. The film has won many awards for telling such a compelling ‘underdog’ tale, set in New York’s Chinatown.

Please come out and see the film on July 5th at Space Gallery. CAFAM members receive a discounted ticket price of $6! And we’ll be serving Chinese tea at the screening –hope to see you there!

For information or to purchase tickets: http://www.space538.org/events/abacus-small-enough-jail

“Abacus” Film Screening at Space Gallery

When: Wednesday, July 5, 2017; 7 pm

Where: Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland

What: “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” documentary film

CAFAM and Space Gallery are co-hosting the screening of this fascinating documentary about a small bank owned by a Chinese family faced with fighting criminal charges during U.S. financial crisis. The film has won many awards for telling such a compelling ‘underdog’ tale, set in New York’s Chinatown.

Please come out and see the film on July 5th at Space Gallery. CAFAM members receive a discounted ticket price of $6! And we’ll be serving Chinese tea at the screening –hope to see you there!

For information or to purchase tickets: http://www.space538.org/events/abacus-small-enough-jail

Summer Picnic In The Park

When: June 25th, starting at 11 am
Where: Winslow Park, Freeport

CAFAM will be holding its annual summer pot luck picnic on Sunday, June 25th, at Winslow Park in Freeport. Winslow Park is on the water with a beach and has plenty of room to fly kites and enjoy outdoor play. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet and enjoy time with other CAFAM members and friends. CAFAM would love to have new people join us.

Admission to Winslow Park will be paid by CAFAM, so just let the people at the gate know that you’re there for the pot luck picnic. Please bring food to share—Chinese food or any kind of picnic food is welcome!

Looking for an Erhu Player in Maine

Dear CAFAM members,

Parents in Bar Harbor are looking for an erhu player or teacher in Maine to teach their young son how to play erhu. If you can play or know enough to give the boy and his parents some lessons or pointers, please contact Xiaorong Horton directly: xiaorong (at) northfork.net. Any advice or information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine Seeks Volunteers

Dear CAFAM members,

The following is a note from the Children’s Museum in Portland. They often hold events and activities that teach kids about Chinese culture, and they’re looking for help from the CAFAM community. Please consider getting involved!

The Children’s Museum & Theatre would like to celebrate the Autumn Moon Festival this August and other Chinese holidays throughout the year, but we need your help! We are looking for volunteers to share their stories, foods, and other traditions with the visitors at the Museum & Theatre. No prior experience working with kids is necessarily, as volunteers will be accompanied by a Museum & Theatre educator. If you have interest or questions please contact Community Engagement Coordinator, Brittany Liscord at brittanyl (at) kitetails.org or (207)828-1234 Ext 241.

CAFAM Artist’s Talk

Dear CAFAM Members,

Please join us for a special CAFAM lecture:

Contemporary Chinese artist Haitao Pang
Thursday, March 30th, 7-8 pm
USM-Portland, Luther Bonney Hall, Room 100

Haitao Pang will be speaking about traditional Chinese art and its influence upon the arts throughout East Asian countries.

He will bring some materials to demonstrate his painting and encourages audience participation and questions. There will be interpreters present, since Mr. Pang speaks Mandarin.

Mr. Pang is from the Hebei Province in China, where he is founder and director of Shi Er Feng Art Gallery. He received an MFA in oil painting from Beijing National Art Institute and has studied under several famous Chinese artists. His work has been exhibited across China, in France and Canada, and he was won numerous awards. He is visiting Maine this month and teaching at Bates College.

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