East-West Fest 2019: A Celebration of Cultural Diversity
April 7, 2019
East-West Center

A student-led initiative supported by the East-West Center Education Program and a generous gift from Richard H. Cox.

East-West Fest is an annual celebration of the many diverse communities that make up the East-West Center ‘ohana!

This family friendly community event is free and open to the public.

Festival offerings will include cultural booths representing twenty countries and cultures of the Asia Pacific region along with performances of Asia Pacific dance and music. The event will feature headlining acts such as Kenny Endo’s Taiko Center of the Pacific, halau hula Pua Ali‘i ‘Ilima, dancers from Gamelan Segara Madu, as well as musical performances from the East-West Center ‘ohana. Also watch out for a diversity of local community arts groups including the spectacular "breakboys and breakgirls" of Keiki Breaks, the vibrant Aaja Nachle Bollywood troupe, and an action-packed performance from 808 Martial Arts!

A centerpiece of the event will be interactive cultural booths created and staffed by the students and scholars of the East-West Center. The booths, representing more than 20 different cultural groups from across the Asia Pacific, will include a wide variety of information and items such as cultural artifacts, traditional dress, music, and video. Booths will also provide engaging activities and an opportunity to speak one-on-one with people from around the globe. Interested families will receive a “keiki passport” as they enter the festival, which young attendees can get stamped for visiting various booths and performing activities and keep as a souvenir of the event.
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