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Global Winter Wonderland

The International Culture Exchange Group Unveils / Illuminates giant “Dragon Boat”

Global Winter Wonderland

The International Culture Exchange Group

Unveils / Illuminates giant “Dragon Boat” made from recycled materials for Lunar New Year

Monday, February 6: 4pm*

Unveils / Illuminates giant “Dragon Boat” made from recycled materials for Lunar New Year
The International Culture Exchange Group
Monday, February 6: 4pm*
 * Speakers begin at 4:30pm
4pm – Dragon Dancers 
4:30pm – San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee
4:33pm – California State Assemblywoman, Fiona Ma
4:36pm – President and CEO of ICEG, Lulu Huang
4:40pm – Chinese Consul General Gao Zhansheng
4:43pm – AT&T Regional Vice President, Marc Blakeman
4:45pm – “Dragon Boat” illuminated by Mayor Lee
San Francisco Civic Center Plaza (Dr. Carlton B.Goodlett Place between McAllister & Grove

To mark the Lunar “Year of the Dragon”, a giant “Dragon Boat” made from silk and reconstructed materials will be unveiled in front of San Francisco City Hall where it will remain on public view for the next two weeks. Produced by Lulu Huang’s International Culture Exchange, the giant Chinese lantern was the centerpiece of this past month’s Global Winter Wonderland’s holiday festival of giant lanterns. The largest such event ever held outside of China, Global Winter Wonderland drew more than 415,000 visitors in its U.S. premiere year, covering over nine acres on Santa Clara’s Great America Parkway from November 25, 2011, through January 2, 2012.

Following is a video overview of Global Winter Wonderland:

“I want to thank Mayor Lee, the City and County of San Francisco and the SF Recreation & Parks Department for allowing us to bring the joy and wonder of Chinese lanterns to the front door of City Hall,” said International Culture Exchange Group (ICEG) Founder and President Lulu Huang. “It’s completely consistent with the mission of my company to build a better understanding to overcome adversity through cultural exchange events.”

“This is a perfect partner for us,” said Phil Ginsburg, Executive Director of the San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department. “Our job is to fill our public spaces, such as Civic Center Plaza, with unique experiences that educate, illuminate and entertain. This is a wonderful example of all three.”

ABOUT GLOBAL WINTER WONDERLAND The largest such festival ever presented outside of China, the 2011 U.S. premiere of Global Winter Wonderland featured giant illuminated lanterns depicting creatures and scenes that included a Christmas holiday village, animals real and imagined, and people and scenes from around the world. Highlights included recreations of some of the world’s greatest architectural achievements, including the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower, Chichen Itza, and the Golden Gate Bridge. The eco-friendly lanterns, some of which towered more than 50 feet high and spanned nearly 100 feet wide, were illuminated with low voltage LEDs and fluorescent lights, with several structures powered by solar panels. Several of the lanterns, designed by engineers who built lanterns for the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, were made from recycled everyday materials, including recycled water bottles, CDs, porcelain dishes, and medicine bottles. The Bay Area’s new family event of the holiday season also featured a dinosaur maze for children, carnival games, international cuisine, arts and crafts, live entertainment, and celebrations of holiday traditions from around the world. 

About The International Culture Exchange Group: International Culture Exchange Group is working to embrace cultural diversities between countries and beliefs. We believe that in order to promote greater understanding between civilizations it is imperative to break down social barriers and misconceptions. We promote, create, sponsor and organize memorable cultural experiences internationally. / Telephone: (510) 962-8586 / Email: / 44063 Fremont Blvd Ste. B Fremont, CA 94538