Saturday, June 6, 2009

Asian-American Festival Kicks Off Seventh Year Today

Celebrate and learn about the customs and traditions of Asian-Americans with entertaining, educational events for the entire family as Tulsa City-County Library presents the seventh annual Asian-American Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 6 at Martin Regional Library, 2601 S. Garnett Road. Food concession is provided by India Palace, located at 69th and Lewis. Admission to the festival is free.

The festival kicks off at 10:45 a.m. with a Dragon Dance, featuring a 70-foot dragon from China, and includes martial arts demonstrations; Kyoto, Japan art exchange exhibit and workshop; manga exchange and workshop; bamboo flute music; classical Indian dance; Chinese folk dance; a Japanese tea ceremony; and children’s dances and songs in Japanese and English. 

Explore the colorful cultures of China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and other countries in Asia. 

Local martial arts instructors and their students will demonstrate kung fu, karate, tae kwon do and other traditional Asian disciplines throughout the day under a big tent outside in the back of the library. Ten Tigers Kung Fu, Shikara Ashi Te Ryu and Martial Arts Academy USA are scheduled to perform.

Look for the interactive educational booths featuring crafts for kids, temporary tattoos, name translation, henna painting and origami instruction. 

The festival is sponsored and funded by the Tulsa Library Trust, with assistance from the Tulsa City-County Library Staff Association Recycling Proceeds Fund.

For more information about the Asian-American Festival or a complete schedule of presentations, visit the Tulsa Library Web site or call the Martin Regional Library at 669-6340.

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