Asian Cultural Center of Vermont, Inc. (ACCVT) is an educational resources agency dedicated to connecting people through the arts and cultures of Asia. These connections come through festivals, films, forums, exhibitions, presentations, and other community learning/sharing opportunities. There are ACCVT activities for all ages and a wide variety of groups, including institutions, corporations and other organizations, individuals, families, elementary, middle and high school students and school staff, preschool and early childhood, home schooling families, college and adult, seniors, multi-generation groups, community centers, and youth groups.

Next ACCVT event:

Asian Cultural Center of Vermont (ACCVT) presents the 14th Annual

Lunar New Year Festival of Vietnam, Korea and China

  • At 118 Elliot, downtown Brattleboro. This is an excellent new space for arts and culture events across from the fire station.
  • Sunday, February 7, 2016, 1:00 – 3:00pm
  • 14th annual celebration in southeastern Vermont
  • All ages, all welcome!
  • It’s a potluck! Bring hors d’oeuvres, appetizers or refreshments to share and sample a wide variety of Asian and non-Asian treats.
  • Try singing a New Year’s song from East Asia.
  • A reflection table – share your reflections for the year.
  • An Asian crafts table.
  • T’ai chi – try following along – for whole-body wellness
  • Group New Year calligraphy on paper on the floor.
  • Korean rope-tug fun.
  • Dance with the 30-foot Vietnamese Dragon. The dragon dance goes outside for a loop-walk out via Main Street, a 10-minute parade.
  • This enormous marionette, requiring at least 9 people to hold it, is forever chasing the ‘heavenly pearl’ according to Chinese folklore. The pearl is symbolized by a wire globe mounted on a staff and decorated with tiny bells.
  • Seth Harter, Director of Asian Studies at Marlboro College, brought this extraordinary dragon back from the village of an accomplished Vietnamese craftsman. During the rest of the year, the dragon ‘lives’ at the Marlboro College.
  • You don’t have to be Asian or know anything about Asia to participate! No prior experience needed for these activities!
  • A free event, with donations appreciated to help with the costs of event.
  • Images from the 2015 Brattleboro festival:
  • View more pictures at Flickr of ACCVT’s Lunar New Year in 2011 when the celebration was also held at The River Garden. Another picture set of the festival at the River Garden also on Flickr dates from 2008.



Archived ACCVT-coordinated events:

(+ ongoing/annual; * ongoing/occasional)

    Festivals:

  • * Shogatsu: Japanese New Year Festival
  • + Vietnamese, Korean, and Chinese Lunar New Year
  • + Hinamatsuri: Doll Festival of Japan
  • + NowRuz/Nauryz: New Year in Persian Cultures and in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and other Central Asian Cultures
  • * World Tai Chi Day in Brattleboro
  • *Koinobori: Kite Festival
  • +Tanabata/Obon: Japan’s Summer Festivals
  • + Mid Autumn Moon Festival of Vietnam, Korea, and China.
  • * Celebration of Rumi: Mystic and Poet, with Rupa Cousins.
  • *Navaratri: India’s Dance Festival
  • *Diwali: New Year in South Asian Cultures
  • Event coordinators and/or presenters are needed to present activities from other Asian cultures. Contact ACCVT Executive Director if interested and available, and with experience, knowledge and skills to share.
    • Films: (no admission fee – donations welcome)

    • * Central Asian Cinema: features, documentaries and shorts from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. 2007-present.
    • A Village Called Versailles – Film and Panel Discussion, a collaboration with Brattleboro Museum. (Vietnamese community faces Hurricane Katrina aftermath). 2010.
    • The Horse Boy, an Independent Lens film with forum discussion in collaboration with Brattleboro Museum. 2010.
    • Vermont Mongolian Film Festival. Films by Sas Carey of Nomadicare (Gobi Women’s Song) and Joseph Spaid (Kiran Over Mongolia) with a Raptor Encounter by Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences. 2008.
    • Invitations and Ultimatums. A film by Jenise Treuting on the perceptions Japanese and Americans have of each other. 2008.
      Exhibitions:

    • Kiri-e: Fabric Collage Pictures by Hiroshima Survivors – Collection of Phyllis Rodin – collection on continual display by appointment, 2007-2014.
    • Mingei from Tottori: Contemporary Japanese Folk Art. 2010-2011.
    • Rangoli: Sand Painting with Kinnari Kashiparekh. 2010.
    • The Art of Indonesia: Selections from the Consular Collection. 2009.
    • Bhutanese Textiles: Weaving from the Heart. In collaboration with Tribal Spirit. Brattleboro, 2007. Chiang Mai, 2008-2009.
    • The Many Faces of Afghanistan: Photographs and Presentation by Jonathan Hoffman of Direct Aid international. 2007.
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      Presentations:

    • Mongolia in Slides and Music with Ben Boettger. 2013.
    • Boat Building in Japan with Douglas Brooks. 2008, 2010.
    • Farming Cultures in Assam and the Irrawaddy Delta with Steev Lynn. 2011.
    • Bangladesh in Focus with Dunham Rowley. 2010.
    • Sacred Cities of Northern India with Michelle Bos-Lun. 2010.
    • Horseback Riding in Inner Mongolia with Cindy Ji. 2010.
    • A Celebration of Tajik Culture with Dr. Elena Neva. 2010.
    • Sadako Strikes! A Brief Introduction to Japanese and Other Asian Horror Cinema. With Harvey Nystrom. 2009.
    • Overland from Yunnan to Lhasa, with Gene Parulis. 2009.
    • Tuvan, Ulchi, Mongol and Manchu Shamanic Cultures with Susan Grimaldi. 2007 and 2008.
    • Nomadicare in Mongolia with Sas Carey. 2008.
    • Tibetan Medicine – An Alternative Path to Health and Well Being with Dr. Kunchok Gyaltsen of Tibetan Healing Fund.
    • The Water Festival of Myanmar with Khin Ei Ei Khin. 2008.
    • Godzilla and Friends. Chinese Astronomy. Kuan Yin. A series of three presentations by Harvey Nystrom. 2007.
    • Two Conversations on Central Asian Film with Dr. Gulnara Abikeyeva. 2007.
      Workshops:

    • Bollywood Dance with Ritu Shree. 2011.
    • Spotlight Indonesia: Dance and Cooking workshops in collaboration with Brattleboro School of Dance and Windham Regional Career Center. 2009.
      Performances:

    • The Scent of Spring Flowers: An Afternoon of Chinese Music and Dance with Yabei Chen
    • An Evening of Indonesian and Indonesia-Inspired Performances. 2009.A collaboration with the Indonesian Consulate of New York
    • Spotlight Indonesia: An Evening of Indonesian and Indonesian-Inspired Performance. 2008.
    • Shakuhachi Master Elizabeth Reian Bennett. 2007 and 2008.
     
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