Dia International Coffee And Tea Festival

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Dia International Coffee And Tea Festival
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Join the Detroit Institute Arts in exploring the traditions of serving and drinking coffee and tea from four different cultures—Arabic, Chinese, Indian and Japanese—that have heavily influenced the way the beverages are consumed in Western society. This two-day festival includes tastings and demonstrations in the Great Hall, performances in Rivera Court and art-making and other family-oriented happenings in the first-floor Student Lunchroom. Activities run from noon to 4 p.m. both days.

Events are FREE with museum admission and for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. The festival is sponsored by the DIA's Friends of Asian Arts and Cultures in conjunction with the "Bitter|Sweet: Coffee, Tea & Chocolate" exhibition.

Saturday, Jan. 21
First stop is the Middle East for an exploration of coffee’s earliest appearance. Arabic cardamom coffee is on the tasting menu, while traditional Arabic music and dance fill Rivera Court beginning at 1 p.m., including a Lebanese line dance followed by a belly dance. The Islamic Unity Center Youth Group leads craft activities in the lunchroom.

Then it’s on to Asia, where there was a robust tea trade for thousands of years before the beverage made its way to Europe in 1610. Tea was first cultivated in China, and that country is the focus of activities beginning at 3 p.m. There’s a tea making ceremony and tastings of Chinese tea and desserts along with demonstrations of painting and calligraphy. Chinese children’s games take place in the Student Lunchroom.

Sunday, Jan. 22
Sunday is devoted to the teas and traditions of Japan and India. Formal and informal Japanese tea ceremonies are demonstrated beginning at noon, paired with tastings of tea and Japanese sweets. There is a kimono show and art-making activities feature Japanese calligraphy. At 3 p.m., attention turns to India with performances of Indian classical and folk dancing, including a fusion dance the incorporates elements of Bollywood moves, and an Indian clothes display featuring rural, bridal, and modern Bollywood outfits. Bangles and candle making can be found in the lunchroom.

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By: Detroit Institute of Arts

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