In honor of this centuries old cultural tradition, the Nelson-Atkins Museum hosted their 8th Annual festival for the Chinese New Year a week in advance. This free event featured performances, activities, and food celebrating the Chinese culture.
We arrived later than we intended, but still had an opportunity to see much of the offerings, though did not sample any of the food. We only caught a bit of the Lily Zhang Li Taylor Dance Academy performance, before feeling compelled to move, lest we miss anything. The little ones did provide quite a bit of amusement though, dancing in brightly colored costumes to traditional music to relatively full house.
We missed the acrobatics and Tai Chi demonstration, and probably a lot of other things, due to the turnout. We were barely able to pass through the area hosting a performance by the The Drum Roller & Chinese School of Greater Kansas City, as they hammered away on massive traditional drums to the delight of hundreds of spectators.
We walked through most of the other activities too, since many were equally crowded. We did find one small quiet spot briefly, in the Spencer Art Reference Library and enjoyed a few readings. It was not a bad first experience though, and a chance to get acquainted with this annual tradition at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. We definitely will be making a return trip, and scheduling a much earlier arrival.