J. Paul Getty Museum

Festival a Family Affair at the Getty Center

Early-morning showers and threatening clouds didn’t keep families from coming to our most recent Family Festival, a celebration of Chinese, Indian, and Japanese culture. More than 7,600 kids and parents attended the festivities that took place throughout the Getty Center.

What did they do? Everything from having their faces painted like traditional Chinese opera performers to learning how to write calligraphy, with performances of dance, storytelling, acrobatics, and taiko in between. The activities were inspired by the exhibitions currently at the Getty Center, including Felice Beato: A Photographer on the Eastern Road and Brush & Shutter: Early Photography in China.

This was the first of three Family Festivals we’re planning this year. The next Family Festival is slated for Saturday, June 4, and will also celebrate Asian culture. But this time, we head to Cambodia for fun inspired by Gods of Angkor: Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia.

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