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Detroit Institute Of Awesome
Detroit Institute Of Awesome

International Coffee and Tea Festival

Saturday, January 21, 2017 – Sunday, January 22, 2017

In partnership with its auxiliary group, Friends of Asian Art and Cultures, the DIA presents a lively, two-day festival celebrating coffee and tea traditions in Arabic, Japanese, Indian and Chinese cultures on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 21 and 22. The festival includes demonstrations, tastings, traditional music, dance, traditional board games and art making.

Festival events are free with museum admission, which is free for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.
Detroit Institute of Awesome is supported by your millage investment in the DIA. 

Saturday, Jan. 21
Performances and Demonstrations in Rivera Court

1 p.m. Lebanese line dance and belly dance
Arabic music played on the oud and qanun, traditional string instruments
Arabic calligraphy

3 p.m. Chinese Tea Chan Ceremony
Music played on the guzheng, an ancient string instrument known as the Chinese zither
Chinese painting and calligraphy
Tea tasting

Sunday, Jan. 22
1 p.m. Japanese Tea Ceremony (chanoyu)
Kimono show

3 p.m. Music played on an Indian Instrument
Indian classical, folk and fusion (Bollywood) dance
Fashion show of colorful Indian outfits

Saturday and Sunday, Noon-4 p.m.
Demonstrations and Tastings in the Great Hall
Arabic cardamom coffee tasting
Middle Eastern artifacts and clothing
Coffee cup reading

Chinese tea making, demonstration and tasting
Books on Chinese and Taiwanese art and culture
Chinese tea pots and tea cups display
Chinese desserts
Display of Chinese and Taiwanese paintings, puppets and clothing

Sencha (casual tea) demonstration and tasting with Japanese sweets
Display of tea ceremony materials and history of Japanese tea
Furoshiki (gift wrapping) demonstrations

Display of handicrafts from rural India
Indian paintings display
Indian clothing display: rural, bridal, ethnic and modern Bollywood

Hands-on Activities in the Student Lunchroom
Henna artistry, led by the Islamic Unity Center Youth Group

Chinese painting and paper folding
Chinese children’s games

Japanese calligraphy
Furoshiki wrapping

Indian bangles
Indian candle holders