The 6th Annual ChinaFest of films, art, a panel discussion and family fun day takes place Jan. 28 and 30, and Feb. 3-6 in Richmond.

A different contemporary Chinese film will be shown each day of the festival at the University of Richmond, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts or Byrd Theatre. The panel of authors and business leaders will present personal observations about China today, and the Feb. 5 Family Day will celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with art projects, storytelling, face painting, a mini-parade and other activities for children and adults.

Admission to all events is free, except for film showings at the Virginia Museum ($7) and Byrd ($3). ChinaFest was created by The Rose Group for Cross-Cultural Understanding, with support from the University of Richmond and other local and national organizations. For a complete list of sponsors and schedule of this year's activities, see www.theROSEgroup.org, and for more information, contact Irby Brown at 804-288-9024.

The Rose Group sponsors ChinaFest to give Americans "a comprehensive look at China through films and other cultural events." The impetus of forming the organization was misinformation and misunderstanding between the U.S. and China following the September 11th attacks.

Novelist and historian Dean King, author of "Unbound: A True Story of War, Love and Survival," will discuss his book about 30 women who participated in the Chinese Communist Party's 1934 Long March in the Feb. 3 panel program. He will be joined by Ting Xu, president of Richmond-based multinational distributor of home and garden decor products. Rose Nan-Ping Chen of Washington, D.C., founder of The Rose Group, will moderate.

The panel discussion is scheduled for Feb. 3, 7 p.m., at the University of Richmond, Jepson Hall, Room 118. The Family Day takes place Feb. 5, 1-4 p.m., at the Virginia Museum's new Art Education Center.

The ChinaFest 2011 film schedule includes:

--"The Drummer," Jan. 28 at 3 and 7:30 p.m., Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m., University of Richmond, Jepson Hall 118 (free)

--"Curse of the Golden Flower," Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m., Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Leslie Cheek Theatre ($7)

--"Last Train Home," Feb. 4 at 3 and 7:30 p.m., Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m., University of Richmond, Jepson Hall 118 (free)

--"The I-Go King and His Son," Feb. 5 at 10 a.m., Byrd Theatre ($3)

--"True Love," Feb. 5 at 1 p.m., Byrd Theatre ($3)