(April 18, 2017) – The City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Armstrong State University will present the 2017 Savannah Asian Cultural Festival, one of the South’s largest Asian celebrations, on April 21 and 22. All events will take place at Armstrong’s main campus at 11935 Abercorn St. in Savannah. The festival is free and open to the public.
The complete Savannah Asian Cultural Festival schedule is as follows:
Friday, April 21: 7:30 p.m.
Armstrong Fine Arts Auditorium
A celebration of Asian cultural arts featuring the Taiko Drummers of Japan, traditional Chinese music and dance performances, South Korean dancers with Master Lee and Myung Lee and Prince Pele’s Polynesian Revue.
Saturday, April 22: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Armstrong Burnett Lawn Main Stage
- 11 a.m. – Official opening featuring the Parade of Nations followed by a welcome from Armstrong President Linda M. Bleicken and Savannah Mayor Eddie DeLoach and a rendition of the national anthem by Cecilia Arango
- 11:45 a.m. – Tae Kwon Do exhibition with Master Lee
- 12:15 p.m. – Matsuriza Taiko Drummers of Japan
- 12:45 p.m. – Thailand Dancers led by Val Prompalin
- 1:00 p.m. – Chinese musicians and dancers, featuring Xiaobin Lange performing folk dance, Lynn Yu playing a pipa solo and Jiayi Zhong performing traditional dance
- 1:25 p.m. – Program break
- 1:40 p.m. – Filipino Dancers from Savannah
- 2:05 p.m. – Prince Pele’s Polynesian Revue
- 2:40 p.m. – SGVP SANATAN Mandir Group with traditional Garba Dance and a mix of Bollywood
- 3:05 p.m. – Belly Dancing by Salwa Brannen
- 3:15 p.m. – Tae Kwon Do exhibition
Armstrong International Gardens
- 11 a.m. – Indian Dance Performance
- Noon – Yoga Class
- 1 p.m. – Tai Chi with Myung Lee
- 1:30 p.m. – Belly Dancing Class with Salwa Brannen
- 2 p.m. – Karate with Pooler Karate School
- 3 p.m. – Bollywood Class with Janki Patel
- All day – Traditional Pakistani Tea Ceremony
In addition, a Cultural Marketplace will offer the opportunity to learn more about each country and to discover traditional arts, crafts, fashions and treasures unique to each nation. Cuisine from local restaurants will also be available, featuring regional favorites from Polynesia, China, Japan, the Philippines, South Korea and Thailand.
More information about the 2017 Savannah Asian Cultural Festival is available online at Armstrong.edu/AsianFest.