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Performers for the Mid-Autumn Festival

Asian Americans United is always interested in finding performers for its Annual Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival. The Mid-Autumn Festival brings people together across generations, supports the work of traditional artists, and builds pride in the community. The 2017 Mid-Autumn Festival will be held on Saturday, September 23rd from 12:45 pm to 6 pm, on 10th Street between Arch and Race Streets in Chinatown.

The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most important Chinese traditional festivals. It has become the most popular annual community festival in Chinatown and attracts people from all across the Delaware Valley region. Last year, over 5000 people came out for the festival which features art activities, carnival games and community services information for families in the afternoon and a full roster of cultural performances all day. There will be a Lion Dance and a lantern parade through Chinatown.

We have formalized the criteria for selecting artists for the festival and are working to present a combination of performers from past years along with performers who are new to our Mid-Autumn Festival stage in order to fully represent varied aspects of Asian cultures and generations.

Selection will be based on the following criteria:

  1. All performances must advance the goals of the Mid-Autumn Festival, which are (written in 1996):
    • To promote Chinatown community unity through cultural reclamation
    • To promote pride in Chinese culture and community
    • To engage various sectors of the community in support for a community-wide celebration
    • To promote intergenerational cooperation
  2. We aim for a diverse program, with a balance of traditional, popular, and contemporary arts, and a mix of multi-generational long-time and new participants.
  3. MAF primarily highlights Chinese culture. At the same time, we try to make connections with other communities so we have established another category for performers – with only a few slots – that includes groups from diverse cultural backgrounds. Performers who fill these slots will change from year to year.
  4. The Mid-Autumn Festival was begun as a way to reclaim culture and express cultural and community pride. It is an occasion for giving voice and visibility to arts that are often marginalized, exoticized, and pulled out of context. The MAF Program Committee, therefore, makes its best effort to ensure that all performances presented on its stage treat the cultural traditions from which they are drawn with care and respect and that they do not in any way marginalize, exoticize or pull out of context these traditions. We would like to avoid performances in which artists seek to represent cultural traditions not of their own heritage.

If you are interested in performing at the Festival, please send us a proposal – a brief description of what you would present (within a 15 minute slot) to:

Maxine Chang at
Asian Americans United
1023 Callowhill Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
email it to maxine.chang@aaunited.org

The panel will review your proposal and contact you once final decisions have been made. If you have any questions, please contact:

Maxine Chang (English contact) at 215.925.1538 or maxine.chang@aaunited.org
Betty Lui (Chinese contact) at 215.569.2600 x1029.