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2010 Best New Ethnic Festival by Cleveland Scene Magazine

“Cleveland’s Best Festivals” The Plain Dealer 5-19-2011 

2011 “Excellence in Neighborhood Marketing” award – Live Cleveland!

The third annual Cleveland Asian Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday (May 19 & 20, 2012) in Cleveland’s AsiaTown neighborhood at the Asia Plaza shopping center and surrounding streets (Payne Avenue and East 30th Street). Cleveland Asian Festival is a collaborative effort by many organizations and communities in Greater Cleveland. It is coordinated by volunteer leaders within the Asian Pacific communities to foster, educate, and promote Asian culture and traditions, while celebrating Asian Heritage Month.

Cleveland Asian Festival is a landmark undertaking to unite the community through recognition of its culture, diversity, and people. The event is made possible by the volunteerism and participation of many diverse and ethnic groups including: Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Filipino, Indian, Vietnamese, Laotian, Indonesian, Malaysian, Thai, and others. In addition, committed organizations such as the Organization of Chinese Americans of Greater Cleveland, International Community Council, International Service Center, Friendship Foundation of America, Federation of India Community Associations, Vietnamese Community of Greater Cleveland, MotivAsians for Cleveland, Asian Services in Action, Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association, Cleveland Chinese Women Association, Korean American Association, Japanese Americans Citizens League, Cleveland Chinese Benevolent Association, Philippine American Society of Ohio, St. Clair Superior Development Corp., Asia Plaza Inc., Chinese Professionals and Entrepreneurs Association and AsiaTown Neighborhood Merchant organizations have enthusiastically committed to this festival.

The first ever CAF held on May 21, 2010, had over 10,000 attendees, and was an overwhelming success. In 2011, the Festival expanded to 2 days and brought in over 31,060 attendees. Lolly the Trolley tours of AsiaTown were offered and Vietnamese comedian Dat Phan performed. The 2012 Festival will feature even more authentic Asian Cuisine and merchandise vendors, local and national performing artists, a children’s activities area, games, competitions, and a health fair that focuses on diseases and medical conditions that affect Asians Americans. The Festival has quickly become the premier event in the neighborhood and provides economic growth to the AsiaTown neighborhood by introducing this ethnic neighborhood to thousands of Clevelanders.

The event is free to the public and will run from 11am till 7pm on both days with ethnic performances on two stages throughout the day. This unique event provides an opportunity to learn and experience diverse Asian cultures, heritage and traditions through visual performance arts, cultural displays and demonstrations, educational materials, and interactive workshops. A special highlight of Cleveland Asian Festival is the numerous competitions where children and adults can compete in fun activities.

Highlights include:

Children Fun and Games, an area of the Festival will feature several children’s games that will provide activities for children to participate and learn while having fun. 
 Competition Arena will include an Egg Roll Eating Contest, Sumo Wrestling, Dance Dance Revolution and other activities. Sumo Wrestling is one of the most popular interactive games in the world.  Participants are whisked into the world of Sumo Wrestling as soon as they step into the huge foam filled suits. 
 Authentic Asian Food: visitors attending this festival will be able to taste and enjoy diverse ethnic cuisines. There will be an opportunity to sample delicious authentic delicacies, rich with savory flavors from various Asian origins.
 On stage, and in designated areas, Visual and Performing Acts throughout the festival will engage audiences with arts, crafts, demonstrations, workshops, music, and dance. Classical, folk, and contemporary Asian art forms and acrobatic acts featuring local, regional, national, and international artists from participating countries boast superb performances at the festival.
 Martial Arts, Tai-Chi/Qigong and Yogapresentations and hands-on practice opportunities will be available on a 2nd stage, providing an inside look at the different Asian styles of internal and external martial arts. Demonstrations will include Kung Fu, Aikido, Karate, Kendo, Jujitsu, Tae Kwon Do, Kali, Wushu, and other forms.
 Health Information and Screenings are invaluable community benefits. Key health organizations including Cleveland Clinic, Cuyahoga County Board of Health, Cleveland Board of Health, Kaiser Permanente, MetroHealth, and University Hospitals will be invited to offer blood pressure, glucose, mammograms, BMI, eye, and other screenings to attendees.  In addition, community-based health and human service organization will offer educational demonstration and materials. Services will be free.    

 Educational Materials and Displays of books, brochures, and other items help explain the cultural art forms presented during this event. These items are available at the cultural booths or exhibit areas.

Lolly the Trolly Tour
Get to know AsiaTown by taking the FREE guided Lolly the Trolly Tour, which will give you a glimpse of the past, present and future of AsiaTown.

 2012 Executive Committee Members are:

Michael Byun
Vi Huynh
Yin Tang
Lisa Wong
Johnny Wu
Deborah Yue
Hao Zhou 

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