We’d like to thank our amazing volunteers for making this year’s Boston Chinatown Lunar New Year Celebration a success!
From holding flags to dropping lion heads & a dragon off to going to all the shops so that they’d be ready for us to steering the drum cart to making sure our supply cart was stocked to crowd control and to everything else in between — we THANK YOU!
The arctic temperatures did not cooperate with us last Sunday, but the celebration has been rescheduled for the upcoming Sunday on February 21, 2016 at 10AM!
Again, the event will kick off at 1oAM on Harrison Avenue in Boston Chinatown (near Kaze Shabu Shabu, Cha Time, Beard Papa’s, and Asian Garden Restaurant) with stage performances. Lion dancers will then go around with their troupes to all the shops and restaurants blessing them and bringing good fortune for the new year.
The GK Dragonettes will take the stage at 1PM on Saturday, January 30th at North Quincy High School in Quincy, MA to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
This year’s event still includes free live entertainment, along with a new karaoke session featuring a DJ in the auditorium. There will be a New Year market inspired by the night markets found in Asia, which will feature retail vendors selling traditional goods for New Year and crafts from local artists and businesses.
The event is FREE and open to the public from 1PM-7PM. For more information, check Quincy Asian Resource for all the latest updates!
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.
The Gund Kwok Asian Women’s Lion & Dragon Dance Troupe is hosting a FREE trial class for Asian women in the Greater Boston area.
Where have I seen your troupe before?
Many places! Here’s a short list: Chinatown Lunar New Year Celebration, Quincy Lunar New Year Celebration, BU’s Origins Culture Show, and on TV and in movies: The Departed!
What is Gund Kwok?
Gund Kwok, which means heroine in Chinese, symbolizes women’s power and strength. We are a team of dynamic Asian American women of all ages, professional backgrounds, and personalities! Check out the unique GK experience on NPR!
What is Dragon Dance?
The dragon dance is a highlight of Chinese New Year and other major celebrations held worldwide in Chinatowns around the world. Check out our moves!
What is a trial class?
A trial class is open to all Asian American women of all ages and is an opportunity to try Dragon Dance. You will be given an introduction of Dragon Dance, followed by a warm up, and then off to get under the dragon!
Here are the GK Dragonettes making a memorable entrance…well, not entirely captured here, but we took down the curtain backstage area. I mean, the MCs were talking about the dragon destroying the village so we took that to heart and did it.
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.
Check out the video piece by Daniel Sato as we prepare for a performance.
The lion that roars into the opening reception Wednesday evening boasts a distinctive voice — that of female power and creativity. Named after the Chinese word for heroine, the troupe is the only all-female lion and dragon performance group in the country. The Boston-based troupe of more than two dozen performers celebrated its 10th year last fall.
This Friday on October 4th at 8PM, GK will be participating in an outdoor dragon dance performance in celebration of the Boston Children’s Museum’s 100th Birthday!
Join us for an outdoor performance collaboration by 500 members of Boston Children’s Chorus supported by Urbanity Dance and Gund Kwok Asian Women’s Lion and Dragon Dance Group. This half-hour celebration will culminate with Boston Children’s Museum’s Friday night family learning and singing the song commissioned for our 100th anniversary, “I Am a River of Hope” by composer Jim Papoulis. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime experience!
Check out our 2013 team photo based off of “The Last Supper” painting by Leonardo da Vinci.
It was a fun shoot that we did right after our August Moon performance. Some of us were starving a bit so the props ended up being eaten. More team photo featuring all our members — “Cubs” too — on the way.