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Asian Festival in Savannah June 6
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Colorful folk dancers are to be among the entertainers at the festival. - photo by Photo provided.
SAVANNAH — From mehndi to mandu, the 14th annual Savannah Asian Festival brings a continent of unique cultures, cuisines, performances and fun to the Savannah Civic Center from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 6.
The festival continues to grow in popularity every year, and has become one of the largest celebrations of Asian culture in the Southeastern United States. Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs and hundreds of Asian-American volunteers work together to present this one-day, whirlwind tour of the East under one roof.
The festival features a full day of free live stage performances including the Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery, the Matsuriza Taiko Drummers from Orlando and the Chien Hong School of Kung Fu Lion Dancers from Atlanta. In addition, there will be an array of other live musical, martial arts and dance performances on stage from performing groups representing Korea, Indonesia, the Philippines, Polynesia, Thailand and India.
Attendees will be able to savor a world of exotic cuisines from across the continent. Local eateries such at Taste of India , Sushi Zen and Chen’s Chinese Restaurant will present a selection of regional dishes from the Philippines, Japan, India, China, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and the Middle East.
There will be a cultural markeplace where shoppers can learn more about each country and discover the traditional arts, crafts, fashions and treasures unique to each nation. From “Ming-shard” jewelry to Chinese calligraphy sets, hand-beaded clothing from Nepal and dupattas from Pakistan, one would need to travel the entire continent to discover the items that will be available in the festival’s marketplace.
The Savannah Asian Festival is free and open to the public. The Savannah Civic Center is on the corner of Montgomery and Liberty streets. Parking is free or $1 for the day at the Liberty Garage across the street. There is a charge for food and purchases from the cultural marketplace. For information, call (912) 651-6417 or go to
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