Northwest Language Academy presents ‘China Pearls’ on Whidbey Island

Jun 04, 2014
Courtesy of: Northwest Language Academy and Cultural Center The “China Pearls” variety show will take place at the Whidbey Island's Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. on June 28.

The Northwest Language Academy and Cultural Center invites you to experience the ancient traditions and contemporary arts of China with “China Pearls” at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts.

Join the NWLA in Langley from 5:30-9 p.m. on June 28 for the “Language of Food” variety show of dance, contemporary classical music, folk song, traditional Chinese food, a cooking class, and cross-cultural sharing with members of the Chinese and Chinese-American community.

NWLA’s “Language of Food” event series explores cuisines and cultures from around the world, and the ways in which they maintain an unbroken relationship with tradition.

Through events and classes like this one, NWLA seeks to build bridges of understanding between cultures, in an effort to create a more peaceful world while valuing cultural diversity.

NWLA partnered on “China Pearls” with the REC Music Foundation, Washington Chinese Art & Culture Committee, the Melody Xie Institute, Whidbey Island Dance Theater, Duo Gao Hier and the Chinese Cultural Association of Seattle.

“China Pearls” will take place on WICA’s Michael Nutt Mainstage, beginning at 7 p.m.

The event will feature “pearls” of traditional and contemporary Chinese performing arts, including appearances by contemporary classical composer Austin Huang with members of the Saratoga Chamber Orchestra, soloist Chrystal Yu Hai Yang, the Imperial Dance Ensemble, the Melody Xie Dance School, students from the Northwest Chinese School, the Seattle Chinese Orchestra, Northwest Wushu Martial Arts and more.

Prior to the show, you may choose to go to WICA’s Zech Hall for cocktails and Dim Sum, featuring a variety of Chinese small-plate offerings and delicious drinks, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tickets for dinner and performance are $70, or $35 for the performance alone.

The “China Pearls” cooking class will be held from 2-5 p.m. on June 28 at the NWLA Cultural Center. Learn to make traditional Chinese dishes like shaved noodles, hot pot, and dumplings from scratch through hands-on instruction in NWLA’s professional kitchen.

Participants will also receive a unique cookbook with recipes from the instructors. Space is limited, pre-registration required. Tuition for the class is $35.

Tickets may be purchased at or by contacting NWLA at 360-321-2101 or To learn more about NWLA and upcoming programs or classes, visit

NWLA is a not-for-profit organization that makes it possible for residents of the local community to become residents of the larger, global community.  Through the study of languages and cultural enrichment, the academy is preserving and honoring diversity while building bridges of understanding and appreciation between people of different cultures.

-Edited by Beacon staff

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