New adventures await at the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Festival to be held during the L.A. County Fair’s opening weekend, Sept. 12-14 at the Festival Plaza. This year’s Fair runs Sept. 12-28 at Fairplex in Pomona. Fairguests will drift away from their present life on the mainland into far Eastern lands that have been untouched by the passages of time.
Featuring a diverse display of culinary delights, music and entertainment, the API Festival celebrates its sixth appearance at the Fair by providing a small taste of the Orient – more than 12 Asian cultures in the three regions of East Asia, Southeast/ South Asia and the Pacific Islands will be represented through cultural exhibits, art displays, performances and arts and crafts sales. Cultural performances will include popular lion dances, various martial arts demonstrations of different styles like Northern Shaolim Kung Fu, Kuntau and Muay Thai kick-boxing as well as cultural dances from many parts of Asia like the popular Pacific Islander Samoan dance.
“This year’s festival is an event that one should not miss,” said John Leung, CEO of the Titan Foundation, the non-profit group which organizes of the event.
As Fairguests walk around, they will feel as if they are traveling through different parts of Asia and will even be greeted by Asian princesses and queens. To experience a real Taste of Asia, Fairguests can sample delicacies and drinks from the different countries, participate in cultural games and the children’s craft area or check out the cultural photo area. Schools attending the festival will receive a free Marco Polo year-round educational program for kids in the classroom – a special sponsorship this year
given by Verizon.
“The Legend of the Moon,” the API Festival’s feature presentation, will consist of dramatic performances and the storytelling of an Asian legend handed down from generation to generation. The presentation celebrates the Autumn Moon Festival and Lantern Festival and will occur every two hours from 1 p.m. the afternoons of Sept. 13-14.
Also featured at the festival will be the “Harmony with Nature” Community Stage, which is sponsored by various governmental departments like the water districts and the sanitation department. Here, Fairguests can enjoy even more dance, music and martial arts demonstrations or enter into raffles and giveaway contests with prizes from Kaiser, Malaysian Airlines and more.
Special discount tickets are available for the Fair at various Asian and Pacific Islander Festival ticket outlets. For more information, or to find API Festival ticket outlets, visit the API Festival Web site at www.asianfestival.org or call the Titan Foundation at (626) 279-7979
For general information on the L.A. County Fair, visit the Web site at www.lacountyfair.com or call (909) 623-3111.