JOIN US at 2019 TACOMA MOON FESTIVAL
Saturday, September 21, 1:00-7:00 pm
Chinese Reconciliation Park
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The Tacoma Moon Festival is an annual celebration of the rich diversity of culture in Tacoma today, brought here by our immigrant communities over the 150 years of the city’s history.
This year, special focus is placed upon China, as the City of Tacoma celebrates “Fuzhou Day” in honor of the 25th anniversary of its Sister City relationship with the Chinese city of Fuzhou. Special performers from Fuzhou will perform on the “Fuzhou Ting” stage, as well as professional instrumentalists from the Seattle Chinese Orchestra, and a performance of Beijing Opera by Seattle’s Hwa Sheng Chinese Opera Club.
Additionally, the stage will host splendid Mexican dance from Seattle’s Bailadores de Bronce, Zimbabwean Marimba music from Jekesa Marimba, the Chief Leschi Drum and Dance Group, and music and dance of the Pacific Islands from Lanuola Samoan Performing Arts Academy.
Food will be available through a number of food trucks, and the Moon Festival’s own stand will offer moon cake sampling and a great variety of traditional treats for sale. A wine and beer garden with local craft libations will be available for adults, and a hands-on crafts booth for all ages. Festival goers can browse among different vendors and info booths, attend tea presentations, watch calligraphers paint paper fans, and observe Chinese opera performers putting on elaborate makeup!
As the festival closes at 7pm, a parade of lanterns will be led by the Moon Princess-always a great photo op for parents with kids! It is a family event so bring the kids and grand kids!
The 7th annual Tacoma Moon Festival would not be possible without community support. The festival annually draws large crowds of attendees from all over the Puget Sound area, and with the event remaining admission free this year, more are expected to attend. Major event sponsors and supporters include Annie Wright Schools, Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation, City of Fuzhou, City of Tacoma, Dr. Zhen Ge and Lucy Zhou, Gottfried and Mary Fuchs Foundation, IBEW Local 76, KBTC Public Television, Pacific Northwest Shop and Proctor Mercantile, Tacoma Arts Commission, Tangram Design, University of Puget Sound Asian Studies Program.
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The Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation (CRPF) is a nonprofit organization that advances civic harmony by way of the Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park along the Commencement Bay waterfront close to Old Town.
The Chinese garden motif allows the park to stand both as an acknowledgment of the forceful expulsion of the Chinese population of the City of Tacoma by municipal leaders and a large crowd on November 3, 1885, and as a celebration of the city’s multicultural past, present, and future. The expulsion was an act of exclusion in response to complex conditions of the time, among them economic decline and anti-Chinese sentiment. The park is an act of reconciliation and inclusivity toward appreciation of the people of diverse legacies and interests who are part of the city as a dynamic community.
Working with the city and the state, CRPF aims to inform and also to inspire. Through pathways and structures, as well as posted signage, visitors to the park can find out about Chinese sojourners who made their way to live and work in Tacoma and later encountered civic injustice. The park thus provides a place for contemplation but also renewal. Children can run and play, family and friends can exchange ideas, and all can be mindful of the interconnectedness of peoples.