Culture in Queens

From Wednesday, April 17, to Wednesday, April 24, Immigrant Heritage Week takes place in New York City, and what better place to mark the occasion than right here in Queens? Below are some free events happening at libraries across Queens that will give all the opportunity to embrace the diversity of our community!


Wednesday, April 17

Queens Film Premiere: "Every Day Is a Holiday"

Join filmmaker Theresa Loong for a discussion and screening of her film "Every Day Is a Holiday" (in English with Chinese subtitles), the painful but life-affirming story of her father’s unlikely journey from Chinese-Malay teenager and Japanese POW to merchant seaman, Veterans Affairs doctor and naturalized citizen of the country that liberated him: the United States.


Thursday, April 18

Chinese Lessons

Learn beginning Chinese on Thursday evenings with instructor Lin San.


Friday, April 19

Pathway to U.S Citizenship: Becoming a U.S. Citizen and Building Your Civic Knowledge

This workshop will present common barriers to naturalization, as well as give an overview of American culture and geography.


Saturday, April 20

Danza Fiesta: Baile y Teatro Puertorriqueño

Enjoy this performance of bomba and plena, traditional forms of Puerto Rican music and dance, featuring lively rhythms and spectacular folk dances. / Disfrute de esta presentación de Bomba y Plena, formas tradicionales de la música y bailes puertorriqueño, con animados ritmos y espectaculares bailes.


From Russia with Love

Acclaimed concert violinist David Podles performs a stunning collection of Russian music from renowned composers such as Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Glinka and Rimsky-Korsakov.


An Afternoon with Anchorwoman Xiao Jing

Anchorwoman Xiao Jing will share her experiences on learning Chinese more effectively and speaking standard Mandarin professionally. Ms. Xiao comes from Northeast China and produces and hosts many programs.


Sunday, April 21

Haiti Cultural Exchange Presents: "Kaleb"

In collaboration with Haiti Cultural Exchange, Haitian-American director Kervan Barthelemy screens and discusses his first full-length feature film, "Kaleb," about a young man accused of rape and the frictions in his strict Haitian family. There will time for questions and answers (in English) after the film.


Monday, April 22

French Music with Kanako Koyama, Piano, and Keita Fukushima, Violin

This concert of French classical music features Kanako Koyama on piano and Keita Fukushima on violin.


Tuesday, April 23

English for Non-Native Speakers

This program provides non-English speakers an opportunity to learn oral English. The instructor, Ms Tauhirah Abdussabur, is a native English speaker who has taught classes at Queens Library and facilitated English conversation groups for Queens Library Adult Learning and New York City's We Are New York language programs. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.


Wednesday, April 24

Author Panel

Three authors will discuss their work. Ethiopian novelist Maaza Mengiste takes us to 1970s Africa in Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, Chinese author Ruiyan Xu explores communication in modern China in The Lost and Forgotten Languages of Shanghai, and Indian-American writer Tejas Desai will uncover secrets and lies within a Hindu religious organization in contemporary Queens in The Brotherhood.


Learn more about Queens Library's multilingual and multicultural programming and check out our full calendar of events to find more programs like these.


Photo Credit: Immigrant Heritage Week











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