Help ring in the upcoming Lunar New Year (Year of the Goat) with the Gund Kwok Lion and Dragon Dance Troupe, as they parade through the streets of Chinatown and lion dance for the stores and restaurants, as well as perform on the main stage on Sunday, March 1st. Gund Kwok is one of 8-10 troupes performing that day. You also get to experience an unforgettable day of Chinese New Year sights, sounds, and smells!
Gund Kwok, the only Asian Women Lion & Dragon Dance Troupe in the United States, was established in February 1998 to give Asian women an opportunity to express their creativity, power and strength through performing the lion and dragon dances.
You will be assigned to be a flag carrier, crowd control person, runner, cart lugger, photographer, videographer, or helping with miscellaneous tasks.
You will get to borrow and wear a Gund Kwok hooded sweatshirt to identify that you are with the Troupe.
Please dress in layers and wear hats, scarves and gloves/mittens. Please wear black pants and comfortable, appropriate footwear. Ear plugs, hand and toe warmer packets are provided if needed. Please do not carry any backpacks or other bags on you – personal belongings may be kept at the GK “Den” (someone is stationed during the entire day to track the comings and goings of all volunteers and troupe members, and to keep an eye on your belongings).
Breakfast and lunch are provided. ALL volunteers are invited to stay for a free dinner that evening to thank you for your time and commitment (Restaurant: Hei La Moon, in Chinatown)
Days prior to the Festival, you will receive documents and information for the day of the Festival, including FAQ’s and Volunteer Role Descriptions, and information for the Gund Kwok Volunteer Liaison (your main volunteer contact on that day).
Take public transportation. Street parking is virtually non-existent on the day of the event.
MBTA: Green Line – Boylston Street T stop; Orange Line – Chinatown or New England Medical Center T stops, Red Line – Downtown Crossing or Park Street T stops.
There will be two lion parades at 12:30PM and 2:30PM in addition to two performances at 1PM and 3PM. Admission will be FREE!
Free admission for all! Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to ring in the Year of the Goat! Explore Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese traditions while enjoying activities, demonstrations, and performances throughout the day. Be sure to look for the vibrant floral arrangements around the building and stop in for an Asian-inspired lunch at the Garden cafeteria.
Story Hour | 10:30–11:30 am and 1–2 pm; Gallery 285 Sign Language Interpretation
Presentation: Lunar New Year around the World | 11 am–Noon; Riley Seminar Room, 156
Musical Performance: Hapum Haneun Hama | 12:15–12:45 and 2:15–2:45 pm; Gallery 250 Lion Dance Parades | 12:30 and 2:30 pm; Shapiro Family Courtyard and Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art Lion Dance Performances | 1 pm and 3 pm; Remis Auditorium
Community Arts Initiative Partner Spotlight | 10 am–4:45 pm; Druker Family Pavilion, Room 159
We hope you are having an extraordinary summer! We are excited to inform you that the Gund Kwok troupe, the only all-Asian female troupe, will be providing lion and dragon dance classes after Labor Day. Come learn a centuries-old tradition while getting your workout on with a wonderful group of diverse Asian women! The key details are listed below. Please feel free to share this with your Asian female friends and colleagues who may be interested.
What: Lion and Dragon dance classes When: Every Thursday, 6:30-9:00pm from 9/11 – 11/13 Duration: 10 weeks (8 classes devoted to lion, one class devoted to dragon, and the last class will be your “graduation” performance) Location: China Trade Center, 2 Boylston St. (go down stairs to the lower level) What to Bring: Workout clothes, sneakers, water Cost: $100
During the 10th week, you will “graduate” from the Gund Kwok trial program by performing a lion dance with your classmates for your friends and family!
If interested, please fill out the form below by end of day Fri., 9/5 as to whether or not you will be participating in our trial classes — please check off the box for “10-Week Lion Dance Trial Class”. We can’t wait to see you there!
What is the lion doing at the Boston Women Memorial at Back Bay? Why is the lion there? If you wonder why, come find out with us this Saturday, May 10th at 2pm, at the Boston Women Memorial at Back Bay.
On Saturday, May 10th there is a surprise event at Women’s Memorial Back Bay (Commonwealth Ave Mall — between Fairfield St & Gloucester St), Boston, MA 02116) to honor women making history, and we are inviting you to join us.
Tell your friends, family, and spread the words. Come join us and bring a friend!
What a great crowd and a great time at North Quincy High School this past Sunday for the Quincy Lunar New Year Festival. Luckily, it didn’t snow that much the night before so the show was able to go on as planned.
It was a lot of fun. The GK lions along with the lions from Wah Lum Kung Fu Academy paraded down to the stage with the GK Dragon following.