New York Chinese Cultural Center to hold Performance at Bryant Park on June 25

Bryant Park honors one facet of the rich cultural tapestry of NYC’s AAPI community with a program of traditional Chinese music, acrobatics, dance, and martial arts from New York Chinese Cultural Center (NYCCC). 

Bryant Park Picnic Performances

Bryant Park Picnic Performances’ season of free, live performances continues on Friday, June 25 with an evening of exciting multi-genre artistic programming courtesy of the NYCCC. Founded in 1974, NYCCC, a nonprofit cultural and educational institution, is dedicated to deepening the understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture through the arts in the global and local communities. Doors open at 5:30 pm and the show starts at 7 pm.

Entry to this event is now open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis for all audience members who present either digital or physical proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or an immediately recent negative COVID-19 test, along with government issued photo ID. 

NYCCC’s Executive Director Ying Yen says, “New York Chinese Cultural Center is excited to be a part of the Bryant Park Picnic Performances along with other amazing performing groups. It’s wonderful to see New York City’s diverse arts community come together to share our love of the arts and bring moments of joy to the heart of Manhattan in Bryant Park.”

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This program is designed to engage a wide range of audiences for a taste of authentic Chinese culture and art. Signature performances include Dance China NY, Chinese Yo-Yo from artist Graham Lo, Kung Fu master David Fung, a demonstration of an array of Chinese instruments including the Erhu, Guzheng, and Dizi, plus colorful costumed classical and folk dance from different regions in China.

In line with city and state safety protocols, Bryant Park will host approximately 2,000 vaccinated or negative-tested audience members live at each of our performances. Requirements for all audience members include a government issued photo ID and on-site proof of full vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test. Food and beverage is available for purchase from vendors in the park before taking a seat on the lawn. All event attendees are invited to bring food and drink. There are two sections for seating: vaccinated and tested.

Vaccinated audience members will be offered open seating on the world-famous Bryant Park Lawn with ample space to distance from others at their own discretion. It is highly encouraged attendees wear masks during the check-in process. Masks may be removed at their own discretion once within the fully vaccinated areas of the lawn. Attendees can bring a blanket or use a park chair; no outside chairs allowed. 

For tested seating, attendees presenting a negative COVID-19 test will be seated in a separate, socially distanced section (six feet from other parties at all times) with masks required. No outside blankets or chairs allowed. 

For the most current guidelines, program updates, additional venue details, safety requirements, information, and restrictions, visit

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Bryant Park Picnic Performances Schedule (All Shows Start at 7 pm)

June 18: New York City Opera – Pride in the Park

June 25: New York Chinese Cultural Center (NYCCC)

June 26: Joe’s Pub – Mykal Kilgore

July 2: New York City Opera – Carmen

July 9: Carnegie Hall Citywide – Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely

July 16: Carnegie Hall Citywide – Spanish Harlem Orchestra

July 23: Carnegie Hall Citywide – The Knights

July 30: Carnegie Hall Citywide – Adrienne Warren and Friends

July 31: Greenwich House Music School – Riley Mulherkar and Ella Bric

Aug 6: Carnegie Hall Citywide – Terence Blanchard & The E-Collective with the Turtle Island Quartet

Aug 12: Harlem Stage – Craig Harris’s Nocturnal Nubian Ball…: A Tribute to Sun Ra

Aug 13: Jazz at Lincoln Center – Dizzy’s Club: Young Stars of Jazz

Aug 14: Jazz at Lincoln Center – Dizzy’s Club: Camille Thurman and the Darrell Green Quintet

Aug 16: Limón Dance Company and Music from the Sole

Aug 20: Paul Taylor Dance Company and Elisa Monte Dance

Aug 21: New York City Opera – Now That’s What I Call Opera!

Aug 27: Save the Date – Dance Performance TBA

Sept 3: New York City Opera – Rigoletto

Sept 10: Classical Theatre of Harlem

Sept 17: National Sawdust – Allison Loggins-Hull premieres Diametrically Composed

Sept 20: The Town Hall – Centennial Concert featuring Chris Thile and special guests

A free livestream broadcast of the performance will be available nationwide via Bryant Park’s website and social media platforms, including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

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