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Performers dance on the main stage during the Boulder Asian Festival in the undated photo. The 16th Boulder Asian Festival takes place Aug. 14 and 15 in front of the courthouse on the Pearl Street Mall. (Photo courtesy Boulder Asian Festival)

 

Boulder Asian Festival celebrates sweet 16

Entertainment, culture and food highlight annual Boulder Asian Pacific Alliance festival

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Photo courtesy Boulder Asian Festival

Community members perform the traditional Filipino tinikling dancer during the Boulder Asian Festival in this undated photo.

16th annual Boulder Asian Festival

Dates

Aug. 14 and 15

Time

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Place

Pearl Street Mall in Boulder

Cost

Free and open to the public

Related

Boulder Asian Pacific Alliance official website

BOULDER – Interweaving a mix of culture, entertainment and culinary arts, the annual Boulder Asian Festival takes place Aug. 14 and 15 in front of the courthouse on the Pearl Street Mall.

 

For 16 years, the Boulder Asian Pacific Alliance and its all-volunteer base has held an annual festival showcasing the diverse Asian-American communities in Colorado. What's new this year is the addition of the community tent – an area where members of the AAPI community share different aspects of their culture and traditions.

 

"We do a lot of entertaining at the festival and people are asking for more education and culture and that type of thing," festival Chair Brenda Pearson said. "We've always had a kids tent with some of these things, but we're doing a community tent so adults can learn from it, too."

 

Organizers said there will be 35 vendors and 24 different performers at this year's festival. There is a variety of food sold from a number of Boulder organizations and restaurants, who will serve fare ranging from mochi ice cream to traditional Vietnamese sandwiches.

 

The entertainment features a mix of traditional Asian acts as well as Asian-American talent, such as hip-hop dancers Street Stylez and festival staples Jack Hadley and Wendy Woo. The Druk Yangchen Daryang Bhutanese Cultural Group, a delegation of Bhutanese citizens who have been traveling around the U.S., are among the highlights of the festival.

 

"They're 16 people who have traveled here to the United States all summer, going to festivals," Pearson said. " ... They're just traveling around the United States, showing their culture, their traditions and their heritage, and all their skills that they do back home."

 

For the third-consecutive year, organizers have made this a "zero-waste" festival. Traditional trash cans will be replaced by zero-waste stations as a way to help preserve the environment.

 

"Everything at the festival is compostable, recyclable – very Boulder," Pearson said.

 

Main Stage performance schedule

Performances to take place on the courthouse lawn

   
Saturday, Aug. 14
11 p.m. Shaolin Hung Mei Kung Fu Association Lion Dance (China)
11:30 p.m. Shaolin Hung Mei Kung Fu Association Kung Fu Demonstration (China)
11:45 p.m. Ayame Minyo Kai (Japan)
Noon Mirai Daiko (Japan)
12:30 p.m. Mudra Dance Studio (India)
1 p.m. Kalama Polynesian Dancers (Polynesia)
1:30 p.m. Druk Yangchen Drayang Bhutanese Cultural Group (Bhutan)
2 p.m. Philippine-American Society of Colorado Dance Troupe (Philippines)
2:30 p.m.

Yoko Hiroaka Koto Ensemble (Japan)

3 p.m. Keaka O Kalani I Na Mauna (Hawaii)
3:30 p.m.

Kyai Brojo Marto Javanese Gamelan Orchestra (Indonesia)

4 p.m.

Astonishing Productions Magic Show

4:15 p.m.

Sanskriti School of Music (India)

   
Sunday, Aug. 15
11 p.m.

CO Thai Heritage Preservation Association (Thailand)

11:15 p.m.

Abhivyakti (India)

11:30 p.m.

Halau Hula O Na Mauna Pohaku (Hawaii)

Noon

Wendy Woo

12:45 p.m.

The Jack Hadley Band

1:30 p.m.

Filipino-American Community of Colorado (Philippines)

2 p.m.

Gu Feng Tai Chi Club (China)

2:30 p.m.

Bohua Chinese School (China)

3 p.m.

Rocky Mountain Polynesians (Polynesia)

3:30 p.m.

Street Stylez

4 p.m.

Gamelan Tunas Mekar (Indonesia)

4:30 p.m.

Denver Taiko (Japan)

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