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Tet Trung Thu: Mid-Autumn Celebration
(Sept. 17, 2011)

A day of family-friendly fun to celebrate the end of summer harvest

TORONTO, ON (Aug.31, 2011) – The Tet Trung Thu: Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival or the Lantern Festival, is a day devoted to children’s activities and family-friendly events. Harbourfront Centre, along with its lead summer partner the Toronto Port Authority and co-producing partners the Vietnamese Women’s Association of Toronto, Vietnamese Association Toronto, United Vietnamese Student Association, Vietnamese Culture and Science Association and Across U-Hub, is pleased to announce the return of this one-day community event that celebrates the end of the summer harvest with food, crafts, music and dance featuring local Vietnamese performers.

Celebrated throughout South Asia, Tet Trung Thu: Mid-Autumn Festival is a wonderful occasion for children to stay up late and play outside amongst family and friends. It is the second-most important holiday in this culture (aside from New Year’s Day) and occurs around the September equinox. In Vietnamese folklore, parents were so preoccupied preparing for the harvest that they left the children playing by themselves for long periods of time. To make up for lost time, parents would use this mid-autumn celebration as an opportunity to show their love and appreciation for their children.

From 1-8 p.m., celebrate the Tet Trung Thu: Mid-Autumn Festival with moon cake samples and complimentary tea, a paper lantern making competition and family-friendly entertainment including children’s games and activities! The celebration is hosted by local community members Tho Pham and Sarah Nguyen and kicks off with a rousing performance by the Chanh Kien Lion Dancers. The fun continues into the evening with music performances from local singers Christine (Quynh Tram) Doky, Julie Nhu Ha and Lý Hong Phong (Kevin Ly); dance performances from Dance Crew Divas, Michael Caldwell and the Vietnamese Student Association at Ryerson University; and a Thien LE Ao Dai Fashion Competition that showcases traditional Vietnamese long dresses.

Join us this summer as we explore “Hot Spots” of intensity, artistic brilliance, connectivity, and regions of conflict that shape the impressions we have of ourselves and our world. This theme is programmed into each weekend festival to bring together rich artistic traditions from our own backyard and around the globe! It also presents a unique opportunity to experience top Canadian and international artists in a fun, family-friendly environment without ever leaving the city!

Hot spots may not always be comfortable, but they are conduits of change. Embrace change or defy it – it is ultimately up to you. This summer, Harbourfront Centre presents programming that asks: What’s your hot spot?

For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront.

Hot spots may not always be comfortable, but they are conduits of change. Embrace change or defy it – it is ultimately up to you. This summer, Harbourfront Centre presents programming that asks: What’s your hot spot?

Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on a 10-acre site in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront. For more information visit

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