ST. PAUL (June 2, 2014) — Saint Paul’s Little Mekong District will launch a Summer Party starting June 14, 2014.
The Summer Party will infuse the long Minnesota summers with Southeast Asian culture through art, food, and fun. It starts with the Western Station Green Line Launch Celebration on June 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Look for the activity in the parking lot of Mai Village Restaurant, 394 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55103.
Local performers and artists will take the stage throughout the day along with food vendors, and family friendly activities. The Little Mekong Night Market will take over from 5 to 10 p.m. with food, visual art, and a line up of performers that will delight and excite.
Modeled after open-air night markets that are common across much of Asia, the Night Market will help revitalize street and nightlife at University Avenue’s eastern edge. The Night Market will also take place on the following four Saturdays from 5 to 10 p.m., following with July 5, July 26, Aug. 16, and Sept. 6.
The party continues throughout the summer with ArtWave, a yearlong art adventure that brings local artists, exciting art forms, and creative new happenings to Little Mekong.
“This summer, come to Little Mekong to experience a homegrown Minnesotan ambiance of festive sights, sounds, and tastes while also showcasing the chaotic yet alluring feel Southeast Asia,” said Oskar Ly, Little Mekong’s Artist Organizer.
A full and updated list of ArtWave activities and installations will be posted throughout the summer at www.LittleMekong.com. Inquires and art proposals can be sent to Oskar Ly at [email protected]
Little Mekong, Saint Paul’s new Asian & Culture District on the Green Line, is an initiative of the Asian Economic Development Association.
Volunteers are welcome to help out. Volunteers will get a t-shirt, food, and awesome fun. Sign up online to become a Night Market Volunteer.
The Little Mekong District’s first Night Market debuts next June 14, right after the Green Line Launch. The market will boast 50 vendors, selling produce, food, arts and crafts, and everything in between.
Along with the Night Market, a surge of art by local artists will arrive with the Little Mekong ArtWave, which includes performing and visual arts on the main stage and throughout the district.
Join Kao Lee Thao and help paint the Little Mekong Starry Night community mural as the backdrop to the Night Market. Jonee Kulman Brigham will have a final district showing of her photo installation “River-Wash.” Also get an exclusive look at the art gallery and film winners of this years Qhia Dab Neeg Festival, brought to you by In Progress.
Main Stage-June 14th
6 p.m., Hong De Kung Fu – Dragon Dancers
6:30 p.m., Lao Drummers – Drums and Horn
7 p.m., Tou Saiko Lee & GDawg – Folk & Hip Hop
7:30 p.m., Center for Hmong Arts & Talent – Theater/Music Performance
8 p.m., Floortribe – Breaking Dance
8:30 p.m., Still Hot “Tseem Kub” – Jam Session
9:30 p.m., Film Screening
DJ Kool Akiem will be spinning tunes all night. www.LittleMekong.com or Facebook