Southampton Cultural Center’s Spring Performing Arts Festival, May 12

Chinese Face Changer One of the Main Attractions at

Southampton Cultural Center’s 2018 Spring Performing Arts Festival


One of the most unique components of the 2018 Spring Performing Arts Festival is undoubtedly the Chinese Face Changer, a major crowd pleaser in Asia, Europe and the US, and a source of intense fascination for both children and adults alike. Lucky for Long Islanders who will get to see one in person on Saturday, May 12th at 5pm.

The face changing, known as “Bian Lian” in Chinese, was initially an important aspect of the Chinese Sichuan Opera where the performers used “face changing techniques” on stage and transformed them into a special art with stunning skills. They waved their arms and twisted their heads and their painted masks changed again and again and again, creating fascinating transitions that left most of the audience stunned, wondering how this could possibly be happening.

Face changing is an art that is rarely seen in the NY Metro area, which is why the members of the Asian Arts Alliance were so excited to bring this performance to the Hamptons. The Butterfly Foundation, under the direction of Yi Han is supplying the artist and several other performers as well.

The festival opens with Visual Workshops for children from 3-5pm that are geared toward virtually all ages. Instructors in Chinese Paper Cutting, Indian Henna Painting, Asian Arts Face Painting, Chinese Calligraphy and Brush Painting will be conducting them. They are free and open to all.

After that there will be a live stage performance showcasing the beautiful music, song and dance of Korea, China and Japan from 5-6pm.

The festival ends with a complimentary “Taste of Asia” food reception from 6-7pm where attendants will mingle with the performers and organizers and feast on delicious Asian fare.

All activities will take place at the Levitas Center for the Arts, 25 Pond Lane in Southampton. Admission is $20 adults and $10 for children and students under 21.

The Asian Cultural Alliance was founded to promote the performing arts as a means of expressing tolerance, acceptance, respect and benevolence toward all nationalities that exist in our area. The group recognizes that sometimes language differences can create cultural barriers…..while music, song and dance can often break them down.

Tickets to the Spring Performing Arts Festival can be purchased online at or by sending a check to Southampton Cultural Center, PO Box 5008, Southampton, NY 11968.

Major sponsors are the Butterfly Foundation under the direction of founder and president Yi Han and Douglas Elliman Real Estate Corporation.

Sponsorship Opportunities are available. Please call 516-301-8476 if you would like to become a sponsor. All sponsors will be formally acknowledged during the reception.


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East End Arts Invitational Exhibition: The 7th Circle | March 29 – April 29 | Thursdays – Sundays  11 – 3


Southampton’s Unique Arts Center for Education, Exhibition and Performance  

Southampton Cultural Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, combines art, education, dance, music and theatre to engage and nourish the entire community with the arts. Established in 1985, the Cultural Center serves all East End residents and visitors by providing a variety of programming including classes and live performances for children and adults at affordable prices.



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