Lunar New Year 2024 at the Musée Guimet - photos of the evening

Published by My de Sortiraparis, Cécile de Sortiraparis · Photos by My de Sortiraparis · Published on February 22th, 2024 at 09:48 a.m.
The Musée Guimet celebrated the Lunar New Year, and in particular the Vietnamese and Chinese New Year, with a host of events including a festive evening organized by the Banh Mi collective on Wednesday February 21.

This year, to celebrate the Lunar New Year and the arrival of the Year of the Wooden Dragon, the Musée Guimet organized a series of events .

The festivities kicked off on the weekend of Friday February 9, Saturday February 10 and Sunday February 11, with a unique mapping display from 6pm to midnight. The façade of the Musée Guimet came to life as soon as night fell. Passers-by in the Place d'Iéna were treated to an original video creation, blending traditional Asian dragon iconography with pieces from the collections of the Musée National des Arts Asiatiques - Guimet.

OnSaturday February 10, from 3pm to 4pm, a colorful event for the whole family was on the program: the Lion Dance, reputed to ward off evil spirits and bring luck and prosperity! The Musée Guimet celebrated the Year of the Dragon with this show, a dazzling mix of bright colors, percussion and acrobatics. This year, the Lion Dance was performed by Paris Lion Sport, a troupe that tirelessly travels throughout East Asia, notably Hong Kong and Malaysia, to enrich its repertoire and perpetuate an ancestral tradition. The program also included workshops and storytelling for children.

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An exceptional festive evening took place on Wednesday, February 21:

This year, for the first time, a special evening party was added to the program. It was anopportunity for everyone to discover Asia's cultural riches through a series of enriching cultural events .

The Musée Guimet is officially known as the Musée National des Arts Asiatiques. It is Paris' cultural center, dedicated to the exploration and celebration of Asian arts and civilizations. Founded by Émile Guimet, a French industrialist and scholar, the museum houses an impressive collection of works of art, covering a vast range of Asian cultures, from India to China, Japan and Southeast Asia. It's a place where Asian history, art and traditions come to life through its exhibitions and events.

The evening began with a special screening, giving us the opportunity to discover this culture through short films on the theme of "Food, a vehicle for transmitting culture". The screening was followed by a round-table discussion on the following topics:

  • How do Vietnamese and Chinese families celebrate the Lunar New Year?
  • How do the festive tables convey cultures, myths and legends?
  • What can we learn from this New Year under the sign of the Wooden Dragon?
  • What do the Lunar astrological signs represent?

This immersive experience ended with one of the evening's highlights, a show never seen before in France: "When Hip Hop meets Lions dancers". The show will be followed by an Asian-influenced cocktail reception.

The Musée Guimet and the Banh Mi collective celebrated the Lunar New Year in an atmosphere of joy, discovery and cultural exchange.

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Practical information

Location

6, place d´ Iéna - 19, avenue d´ Iéna
75116 Paris 16

Access
Metro line 9 "Iéna" station

Recommended age
For all

Official website
www.guimet.fr

More information
Activities available with museum admission ticket

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