Think!Chinatown ~ Chinatown Night Market at Forsyth Plaza on August 11th

 

 

 

Think!Chinatown Night Market. Image credit: Kylee Lee

Chinatown Night Market will take place on August 11th from 8 to 11pm. The monthly summer series of art and food in Forsyth Plaza, at the iconic gateway of the Manhattan Bridg is excited to present API vendors and artists together for a special evening of tasty bites, folk arts, and cultural performances!

Chinatown Night Market is a place for our community to come together, celebrate, and claim safe space in our public realm. This series is an evolved continuation of 2021’s Chinatown Nights, an incubation program to support API micro and small businesses, bring more foot traffic into Chinatown in the evenings,, and activate under-used public plazas to create safe, culturally relevant spaces for our community in Chinatown. This is a weather permitting event. To get the latest Night Market updates, sign up for T!C’s newsletter at www.thinkchinatown.org/contact

Think!Chinatown Night Market. Image credit: Kylee Lee

This open-air cultural festival is free to the public. We ask attendees to please help the T!C team plan for this community event by RSVPing at www.thinkchinatown.org/nightmarket

Featured Performances ~ Think!Chinatown will continue to present their series of culturally-relevant musical performances on the plaza. Performances are intermittent throughout the night, approximately at 7:30, 8:15, 9:00pm.

ThinkChinatown! Night Market. Image credit: Adrian Childress

This year, Gamelan Dharma Swara will open Chinatown Night Market series with its full ensemble of Balinese percussion musicians and dancers. Gamelan Dharma Swara is a coalition of musicians, dancers, and composers presenting Balinese performing arts through performance, commissions, and education. Dedicated to tradition along with development and exploration through new works, their mission is to cultivate Balinese gamelan as a global artform, engaging diverse partners and curious audiences. www.dharmaswara.org / IG: @gamelandharmaswara

YiuYiu 瑤瑤 will spin from her “Chinatown Records” collection bringing some of her favorite Canto- and Mandopop records and CDs inherited from her family and neighbors. The “Chinatown Records” project is a community effort rooted in fostering intergenerational relationships and dance floors through music and memory. IG: @rochellehkwan

Think!Chinatown Night Market. Image credit: Kylee Lee

Featured Vendors ~ Chinatown favorites include: Kopitiam, YaYa Tea, Kuih Cafe, Yan Wo Dou Bun (Tofu Auntie), Kam Hing Coffee Shop, The Little One, Xiang Mini Cake, Pinklady Cheese Tart, Sugarcane Daddy, Round K by Sol, Nha Trang One, Sanmiwago, Sister Ping’s Peking Duck and Noodle Stall, Grand Tea & Imports, and Yu & Me Books.

Other popular Asian food vendors include: Cambodia Now, Pho Master, Whistle & Fizz, Twisted Potato, Mrs. Jiang’s Smoothies & Sweet Soups, and Tri.Club.

Featured traditional folk arts include: Dough Figurines by Xun Ye, Braided Straw Figurines by Meifang Shi, Sugar Paintings by Yan Sui, Paper Cut Portraits by Ming Liang Lu, Traditional Paper Cut Art by Ling Tang and Mr Tang, Framed Calligraphy by Mr Huang.

For full details on the Chinatown Night Market, visit www.thinkchinatown.org/nightmarket

Think!Chinatown is a place-based intergenerational non-profit in Manhattan’s Chinatown, working at the intersection of storytelling, arts, neighborhood engagement, and creative placekeeping. We believe the process of listening, reflecting and celebrating develops the community cohesion and trust necessary to work on larger neighborhood issues. By building strength from within our neighborhood, we can shape better policies and programs that define our public spaces, celebrate our cultural heritage and innovate how our collective memories are represented. T!C is the team powering the Chinatown Night Market, Chinatown Block Parties, Chinatown Arts Festival.  Learn more at www.thinkchinatown.org

Chinatown Night Market Partners ~ Chinatown Night Market 2023 is presented by Think!Chinatown in partnership with Asian Americans for Equality, sponsored by Citizens, and produced with support from di Domenico + Partners, Leroy Street Studio, Fried Frank and Gehl. Thank you to our city agency partners, Department of Small Business Services and Department of Transportation.

Did you know that Chinatown is the recipient of $20 million in funding for eleven transformational projects as part of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative?