April 21st and 22nd, 2017 sees the return of one of the South’s largest Asian celebrations, the Savannah Asian Cultural Festival. This free event includes fascinating live performances, delicious Asian cuisine, a cultural marketplace, and lots more!
The Savannah Asian Cultural Festival, held on the Armstrong State University campus, is once again bringing the rich diversity of the people of the Asian continent to Georgia. This popular celebration of all things Asian grows in scope and popularity each year, and 2017 is already turning out to be no exception.
The popular, annual event is not about the distant Asia but rather the first- or second-generation Asians here who have become a part of the area’s cultural fabric. The festival is a reflection and celebration of Asia’s part in the cultural diversity of Savannah and how their cultures positively impact Savannah.
Live performances of music and dance from a variety of Asian countries will kick off the festivities at 7:30 pm on April 22nd. The South Seas Islands, Japan, South Korea, and the People’s Republic of China will be the primary focus of the evening’s entertainment.
The celebrations continue on April 22nd with a host of activities, demonstrations, and events. One of the big highlights for this year is the Matsuriza Taiko Drum Group. Taiko Drums are always a crowd pleaser and the Matsuriza Taiko Drum Group is one of the festival’s featured guests for 2017.
Other attractions at this year’s festival include the Parade of Nations, featuring participants from 20 countries in native dress, and two Tae Kwon Do exhibitions with Grandmaster Lee. other attractions include dances from Thailand, India, the Philippines, and Polynesia. Polynesian Fire Performers are aso scheduled to wow the crowd.
A variety of workshops will also be offered at the Armstrong International Gardens on the 22nd. These include a Tai Chi participation workshop, a tea ceremony workshop, Yoga workshop, a martial arts demonstration, and much more.
Along with the live performances and demonstrations, the festival will also have a wide range of Asian cuisine for purchase. There is Cultural Marketplace as well and activities for children. The Savannah Asian Cultural Festival truly does have something for everyone!
2017 Savannah Asian Cultural Festival Schedule
7:30 pm – 21st Anniversary Celebration of Asian Cultural Arts at the Armstrong Fine Arts Auditorium
– Events at the Armstrong Burnett Lawn Main Stage: 10 am to 4 pm –
11 am – Parade of Nations
11:45 am – Tae Kwon Do Exhibition with Grandmaster Lee
12:15 pm – Japanese Taiko Drums
12:45 pm – Thailand Dancers
1 pm – Chinese Instrumental Music Performances
1:25 pm – Children Dancers of India
1:40 pm – The Filipino Dancers of Savannah
2:10 pm – Polynesian Professional Dance and Fire Performers
2:40 pm – Savannah’s Dancers of India
3 pm – Belly Dancers
3:15 pm – Tae Kwon Do Exhibition II
– Various Workshops at the Armstrong International Gardens: 11:45 am to 4 pm –
Tai Chi participation workshop
Martial arts demonstration
The 2017 Savannah Asian Cultural Festival is presented by Armstrong State University and the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs.
Savannah Asian Cultural Festival
April 21st and 22nd, 2017
Armstrong State University
11935 Abercorn Street, Savannah, Georgia
Visit www.armstrong.edu or the Savannah Asian Cultural Festival Facebook page for more information and updates.
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