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Cultural festivals

Chinese Character Festival

September 27, 2013, New York University (NYU) and Chinese education tech startup Chinese CUBES announced the first-ever Chinese Character Festival (CCF) in New York, a month-long celebration of Chinese characters comprising of the Chinese language and playing a significant role in East Asian language, arts and culture. The festival ran from October 6 to November 3, 2013.

The festival is a collaboration of local and international artists, organizations, vendors and residents and is for people of all ages.


This year’s Chinese Character Festival featured several signature online contests, which gave local residents a chance to rediscover and engage with their city and communities through a different lens. Online contests included a Cultural Map Check-in Contest, Best Chinese Character Tattoo Photo, Best Chinese Calligraphy Photo and Best Chinese Character T-shirt Design.


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