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Media Photo Opportunities: Lunar New Year and Other Asian Traditions: Year of the Sheep

WHEN:  Sunday, February 22, 11:30 am to 4:30 pm.  Photo opportunities for mid-day and evening broadcast.

WHAT: OMCA’s 14th annual Lunar New Year celebration features a full afternoon of celebration, festivities, performances and demonstrations that include elements of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Indian, Japanese, Malaysian, and other Asian cultures.

WHERE:  Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland, California.


11:30 am & 1 pm | New Year Songs, Dharma Realm Chinese Orchestra

12 pm | Opening Lion Dance, Developing Virtue Secondary School

12–4 pm | On-going demonstrations: Japanese Ikebana flower arranging, Chinese Opera face painting, Henna body art, Japanese kites and handmade dolls, Korean wrapping cloths, Chinese calligraphy

1 & 3 pm | Korean Drum Dance, Ong Dance Company; Garba Dance, Sahiyar Dance Troupe; Magic Show, The Magic of Jade; Plate Spinning & Contortion Acrobatics, Xia Kemin

1:15 & 3:15 pm | Japanese Taiko drumming, Jiten DaikoK-pop dance, Korean Performance Group, UC Berkeley; Chinese Yo-yo tricks, Foothill High School Chinese Yo-yo club; Vietnamese Martial Arts, Vovinam America

1:30 & 3:30 pm | Storytelling, Oliver Chin’s Tales from the Chinese Zodiac

2:30 pm | 24 Festive Drum, Developing Virtue Secondary School

2:30–4:30 pm | Little Explorers Petting Zoo

4:30 pm | Closing Dragon Dance, Developing Virtue Secondary School

TICKETS: All events are included with Museum admission. Museum admission is $15 general, $10 seniors and students with valid ID, $6 youth ages 9 to 17, and free for Members and children 8 and under.

MEDIA CHECK-IN: All media should check in at the Media Check-In table, located on Level 3, on the Oak Street entrance to the Museum. Please present media credentials or a business card to receive complimentary admission.

TRANSPORTATION: Visitors are encourged to take public transportation. OMCA is located one block north of the Lake Merritt BART station on Oak Street. If driving, visitors are encouraged to arrive early. Limited parking is available underneath the Museum in the OMCA Garage for a $5 flat fee. Hours for the OMCA garage are 7:30 am to 7 pm. Additional parking is also available at the ALCO Parking garage for a $5 flat fee at 165 13th Street at Jackson Street. Hours for ALCO Parking are 10 am to 6:30 pm. More information and directions to OMCA.

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) brings together collections of art, history and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. OMCA’s groundbreaking exhibits tell the many stories that comprise California with many voices, often drawing on first-person accounts by people who have shaped California’s cultural heritage. Visitors are invited to actively participate in the Museum as they learn about the natural, artistic and social forces that affect the state and investigate their own role in both its history and its future. With more than 1.9 million objects, OMCA is a leading cultural institution of the Bay Area and a resource for the research and understanding of California’s dynamic cultural and environmental heritage

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is committed to being a welcoming and lively place for Bay Area families to visit, learn, and engage through OMCA Family, with artist-led activities, storytelling in the galleries, and frequent hands-on, drop-in projects throughout the Museum. OMCA’s other family-friendly offerings include Docent-led family gallery tours, and large annual festivals such as Lunar New Year in February, the August summer reading event in conjunction with the Oakland Public Library, and the Days of the Dead celebration in October. With OMCA Family, children and adult companions discover new aspects of California art, history, and natural sciences through new types of learning experiences that connect visitors with the exhibits and one another. OMCA Family is made possible in part by generous support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Free admission for children provided by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

The Oakland Museum of California is located at 1000 Oak Street in Oakland, California. ­­­­­­Museum admission is $15 general; $10 seniors and students with valid ID, $6 youth ages 9 to 17, and free for Members and children 8 and under. OMCA offers onsite underground parking and is conveniently located one block from the Lake Merritt BART station, on the corner of 10th Street and Oak Street. The accessibility ramp is located at the new 1000 Oak Street main entrance. For more information, visit

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Claudia Leung, 510-418-4106