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IRVINE : Chinese Culture One of Festival Highlights

The South Coast Chinese Culture Assn. will emphasize more than just food at the 19th annual Irvine Harvest Festival, which begins tonight and is expected to attract more than 30,000 people, according to event organizers.

Traditional music, dance, brush painting and other arts will reflect how centuries of culture have influenced Chinese Americans today, according to program director John Su.

“This is the first time we are promoting culture instead of food,” said Su, a board member of the 18-year-old local association, which conducts classes in Chinese culture for about 900 students. “The goal is to demonstrate our Chinese culture to the community. We are a large part of this community.”

The festival runs from 6 p.m. to midnight tonight through Sunday and will be on Harvard Avenue between Alton and Barranca parkways. The event raises funds for many local nonprofit organizations.

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As part of the festivities, students from the Irvine Chinese School will perform traditional dances Saturday on the Blue Stage, featuring tambourines, handkerchiefs, whips, fans and rings. Students will also play classical Chinese musical instruments during the performance.

For more information about the Harvest Festival, call (714) 552-7336.


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