Come Roar with Us!

ROAR will take place in Chinatown and the Lower East Side in the summer of 2022! Every Saturday and Sunday in June, July and August, we’ll be in Sara D. Roosevelt Park with activities, programs and classes for the whole family. Pop in for an art workshop or a sunset yoga class, take a walking tour of Chinatown, or watch live performances by the gardens.

All programs are FREE to attend, no registration, and are offered in Cantonese, English, Mandarin, and Spanish!

WEEKLY EVENTS

SATURDAYS

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12pm–1pmZumbaA. ROAR Info Booth @ Rivington St PlaygroundInfinite Movement
12pm–2pmFamily Art WorkshopA. ROAR Info Booth @ Rivington St PlaygroundFABnyc
12pm–2pmProject SunflowerC. West side front plot next to the Hua Mei Bird GardenSara Roosevelt Park Community Coalition
1pm–2pmThe CONBODY WorkoutA. ROAR Info Booth @ Rivington St PlaygroundCONBODY
2pm–3pmPop Up PerformancesA. ROAR Info Booth @ Rivington St PlaygroundTBD
3pm–4pmStoryTelling with YukoB. The M’Finda Kalunga GardenUntapped Storytellers
3pm–4pmDance with Simon-Jiao Yi Wu in SummertimeA. ROAR Info Booth @ Rivington St PlaygroundTBD

SUNDAYS

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12pm–1pmTraditional Chinese MusicA. ROAR Info Booth @ Rivington St PlaygroundMencius Society for the Arts
12pm–2pmHealing Movement and Protecting YourselfA. ROAR Info Booth @ Rivington St PlaygroundBKind b0ne
1pm–3pmKids’ Soccer ClinicA. ROAR Info Booth @ Rivington St PlaygroundStreet Soccer USA
2pm–3pmSupport Group: Trauma to TriumphsB. The M’Finda Kalunga GardenBKind b0ne
3pm–4pmFiesta with Flor!A. ROAR Info Booth @ Rivington St PlaygroundFlor Bromley
4pm–5pmRefresh and Relax YogaE. Lion’s Gate FieldMaisah Hargett

INFO BOOTH

Visit our Info Booth on Rivington Street inside the park all summer long to gain information about the festival and participate in fun activities throughout Chinatown and the Lower East Side!

INFO BOOTH ACTIVITIES

Family Association: A Soundwalk by George Tsz-Kwan Lam

“Family Association” is a soundwalk experience that uses collected oral history recordings from five members of the Chinese-American community who are connected to NYC. Using GPS technology, listeners will hear interviewees’ memories of their extended families, how their families emigrated to the United States, and whom they imagine their ancestors to be. “Family Association” embeds these recordings within the sites of five historic “family associations” in Chinatown. As listeners approach these locations in Chinatown, the speech gradually becomes more whole, recalling the way in which these micro-communities have helped generations of Chinese-Americans to both reconstruct and reconnect with their past.

小吃 “Snack” Food Scavenger Hunt!

Festival-goers can come to the info booth to receive a “Little Bites” bingo card!: listing 15 participating restaurants in the L.E.S./Chinatown area. Participants who visit all 15 places by August 26th, purchase at least $5 of food, and turn in their completed card will receive a ROAR T shirt (while supplies last!)

Museum Mania!

New York is home to many cultural institutions that showcase the kaleidoscope of human experiences and the breadth of the human imagination – it’s one of the things that makes our city special. Stop by the ROAR info booth for free passes to the Museum of Chinese in the Americas, sign up for a complimentary tour of the Tenement Museum, and learn about other free events and offerings in Chinatown and the Lower East Side all summer long!

ROAR Prize Wheel!

ROAR with US! Share a photo from ROAR on social media, and spin our prize wheel to win some ROAR swag! Prizes include tee shirts, tattoos, wristbands, and coupons from local businesses!

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Show Some Love to Chinatown!

From New City Council Member Margaret Chin:

Since the coronavirus made the news, we have been seeing a rise in xenophobia and discrimination against Asian New Yorkers and businesses. There’s never an excuse to discriminate, yet sadly during Lunar New Year, what should be the busiest time of the year, Chinatown shop and restaurant owners have been hit especially hard.

But we’re committed to turn crisis into opportunity.

Last weekend, crowds of New Yorkers celebrated a new year and new beginnings at the Lunar New Year parade. This week, I stood with Chinatown Partnership, Council Member Rivera, and small business owners to ask you to show some love to Chinatown. Watch the event here.

You can share your solidarity by visiting a local business to enter for a raffle sponsored by the Chinatown Partnership, taking a pic at the new Valentine’s Day themed backdrop at the Baxter Street kiosk, or using #DineinChinatown and tagging us.

Thank you to all the elected officials who have shown their support!

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