Led by Pan Asian Arts Alliance, local Asian American & Pacific Islander arts groups have come together to host first ever – Pan Asian Arts Festival, a month-long celebration of the May Pan Asian Heritage Month. All events are free and open to the public. The free events begin with Part I on May 1, 2011 from Noon to 5:00 p.m. at the Landmark Center, 75 West 5th Street, St. Paul, MN 55102. The Asian style festival is a family day celebration of pan Asian heritage with dance, music, storytelling, arts and crafts and carnival games.
A Part II event will be held May 28-29, 2011 at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Avenue, Burnsville, MN 55337-2805. It will be a pan Asian dance festival, featuring the top talents from local Pan Asian Dance troupes.
A Part III event will be Photo Exhibition based on 100 Years of Chinese American History in Minnesota, from 1911- 2011, on display May 1 through June 13, 2011 at Landmark Center. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 1, 2011.
The Pan Asian Arts Festival will include arts/crafts activities such as making of traditional hats, masks, and other cultural activities, such as: Asian dance costume try-on; Vietnamese storytelling; Chinese calligraphy; face painting with Asian traditional patterns; and Japanese origami, and other cultural activities.
The afternoon activities include the Chinese Music Ensemble annual performance at the F.K. Weyerhaeuser Auditorium.
The Pan Asian Dance Festival, hosted at Burnsville Performing Arts Center, calls the top 40 teams to compete for the first ever Pan Asian Dance Award. The troupes are divided to Asian Traditional and Modern Dance Groups on May 28, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and then compete until a final round on May 29, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
The top 20 Pan Asian Dance teams will perform in front an audience or more than 1,000 guests for top honors and the Audience Favorite Award. The entire show should be about three-hours of nonstop excitement. Registration will be start on March 15, and is a first-come, first-serve basis until all spots are filled.
Consolation prizes will be given to all performances that participate, and cash prizes for the top three winners for each category. The 1st Place prize is $1,000, 2nd Place is $750, and 3rd Place is $500. The Audience Favorite prize is $300.
This month-long Pan Asian Arts Festival strives to engage the community in better understanding of the other ethnic AAPI communities in Minnesota. It is a chance to share arts and cultural enrichment with the society at large.
The Festival also helps to reduce the barriers that exist within and to the greater communities with a platform of the performing arts as an exchange to inspire positive dialogue and integration of diverse cultures.
The Festival also provides opportunities for communities to appreciate the uniqueness of Pan Asian arts through Dance, Music and Story-Telling. The collaborative nature of the performing arts is a powerful tool with which to promote unity and progression among diverse Pan Asian groups.
The Festival seeks to celebrate the uniqueness of each ethnic Asian culture, with a reaffirming message of unity and mutual respect. It is a rare opportunity for Minnesotans to delight in a Pan-Asian cultural experience that encompasses so many art forms and cultural traditions in a short period of time. It would be akin to journeying to Asia without having to leave the comfort of home.
This unique project is sponsored by the Minnesota State Arts Board and Asian Pacific Council’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, a City of St Paul Cultural Star Grant, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, COMPAS, and the Friends of Burnsville of Performing Arts Center.
Special thanks also go to all the Festival Advisory Committee: Asian Media Access, Cambodian Dance Group, Dao Lan Dance Studio, Hoang Anh Vietnamese Dance Group, Lao Assistance Center Lao Dancers, Alaya Lee, James Lee, MN Sunshine Dance, MN Ocean Dance, Mu Gung Hwa Korean Dance Group, Pan Asian Story-Tellers Assn., Sansei Yonsei Kai Japanese Children and Adult Dance Group, and Sumunar Indonesian Dance Ensemble, c/o Indonesian Performing Arts Association of Minnesota.
For details on performance and exhibit guidelines and other information and to take part in the activities please contact: [email protected], 612-376-7715 or www.panasianartsalliance.org.