Scottish Hogmanay and Chinese New Year collide for First Night Vancouver – courtesy of Gung Haggis Fat Choy

– for immediate release –

Gung Haggis Fat Choy celebrates Scottish Hogmanay and Chinese New Year for First Night Vancouver

December 28, 2004

Vancouver BC

Gung Haggis Fat ChoyÔ is pleased to present three shows for First Night Vancouver, December 31st,
2004. This unique and wacky collision and collusion of Robbie Burns Day
and Chinese New Year, created by Todd Wong, will feature the global
opposite and yet culturally similar elements of Scottish Hogmanay and
Chinese New Year. Advanced buttons are $10 each. Family packs of 4
buttons for $35. $15 each at the door.

The shows take place
at 6pm, 8pm and 10pm at the Fun Too! Venue, located inside Library
Square on the Lower Level.  We will be in the combined Peter Kaye
and Alma Van Dusen rooms.  First Night Vancouver marks the first
time the culturally tongue-in-cheek elements of the ever popular Gung
Haggis Fat Choy
Ô dinner phenomenon have been especially re-created for a festival event.

Expect a Chinese bagpiper! Expect great cultural fusion music between East and West.

Sing along to “Scotland the Brave,”
and Burns’ perennial favorite, “Auld Lang Syne.” Enjoy Chinese
“something-or-other.”Expect East and West to collide for “My Bonnie Chow Mein Lies Over the Ocean,” and “When Irish Asian Eyes Are Smiling,” plus many more suprises!

Expect the Unexpected!

Joining host “Toddish McWong” are Silk Road Music’s Qiu Xia He and Andre Thibault, Dragon River Shadow Puppet Theatre’s Karen Wong and Zhongxi Yu, plus special guests Battery Opera’s David McIntosh, and East-West hip hop singer LaLa.

January 17th, 2005.

Catch the Gung Haggis Fat ChoyÔ World Poetry Night
at the Vancouver Public Library Featuring Governor General’s Award for
Poetry winner Fred Wah, and hosted by Todd Wong, Ariadne Sawyer,
Alejandro Mujica Olea. This event is free and open to the public.

January 30th, 2005

Catch the infamous Gung Haggis Fat Choy:
Toddish McWong’s Robbie Burns Chinese New Year Dinner. Special guest
hosts and performers include Shelagh Rogers, Tom Chin, Brave Waves,
Fred Wah and many others. This is the dinner that inspired the Leo
Award nominated CBC television special Gung Haggis Fat Choy.
Tickets now available at Firehall Arts Centre 604-689-0926. Fundraiser
for Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop, Rice Paper Magazine and Gung
Haggis dragon boat team.

For more information contact

Todd Wong

Phone: 604-987-7124


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