Archive for the ‘Ethnic Festivals’ Category.

• Albert Yu Chang to Speak at GVSU

Albert Yu Chang will be speaking at Grand Valley State University’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival as part of a panel discussion.  Albert is one of three panelists who will share their personal stories of coming to America as young immigrants and  starting a new life in a new country. The panel discussion will take place on February 11, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Cook-Dewitt Auditorium on Grand Valley’s Allendale campus.

For more information on the Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival, visit the events site of GVSU’s Office of Multicultural Affairs.

• Schedule of Events at the Ethnic Heritage Festival

Ethnic Heritage Festival

The Grand Rapids Public Museum has published a list of times of the various events that will be taking place at the Ethnic Heritage Festival, on Saturday, January 19.   The festival runs from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Admission is free.

Among the events is the opening of the new exhibition, “Newcomers: People of This Place,” which was sponsored in part with a gift from Warner Norcross & Judd.  The exhibit opens with a ceremony that begins at 11:45 p.m.

Here is the schedule of events for the entire day:

9:00 • Museum Opens – Free Admission!
10:30 • Irish Step Dance performance by Heinzman School of Irish Dance
10:45 • Origami Demonstration by Hito Akehi
11:00 • Choir Performance by Edelweiss Choir • Planetarium Show – Everybody’s Sky
11:30 • Concert by Alpentraum Alphorngruppe
11:45 • Opening Event • One Book One County Announcement
12:30 • Choir Performance by Sudanese Choir
 1:00 • Showcase of Ethnic Fashion – Narrated by Eva Aguirre Cooper • Planetarium Show – Everybody’s Sky • Beer Tasting – 400 beers from around the world (through 4:00)
 1:30 • Performance by the Pacific Island Dancers
 2:00 • Performance by India Folk Dance • Performance by Grace Wolbrink & The Muffin Dancers • Planetarium Show – Everybody’s Sky
 2:30 • Performance by Bag Pipe Group • Lithuanian Straw Weaving Demonstration by Don Atras
 3:00 • Concert by Bottom Line Blues Band • Planetarium Show – Everybody’s Sky
 4:00 • Performance by Grupo Wepa • Henna Art Demonstration by Vanessa Clarey • Planetarium Show – Everybody’s Sky
 5:00 • Concert by Shir Shalom choir
 5:30 • Performance by Baducada Club Drum Group

• Ethnic Heritage Festival Features New Museum Exhibit

Here’s a great opportunity to see the new permanent exhibition, Newcomers: The People of This Place for free.  On Saturday, January 19, 2008, the Grand Rapid Public Museum‘s will celebrate the opening of the exhibit during its annual Ethnic Heritage Festival Newcomers is funded in part by a grant from Warner Norcross & Judd. 

The Ethnic Heritage Festival, which runs from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. will feature music, dance, craft demonstrations, food, ethnic organization displays, and ethnic vendors, all representing groups that call West Michigan home.  Fifteen ethnic organizations will perform throughout the day, including the Edelweiss Choir, a Sudanese choir, Alpentraun Alphorngruppe, Pacific Island dancers, Chinese Association dancers, the Shir Shalom choir, the Heinzman School of Irish Dance, and the Batucada Club of Brazilian drummers. Guests will enjoy listening to storytellers and participating in craft demonstrations. A variety of ethnic foods will be available for purchase and visitors over the age of 21 will be able to sample beers from around the world from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. for just $5.

The opening ceremony at 11:45 will be followed by the announcement of the selection for One Book, One County at Noon.  A showcase of traditional and modern ethnic clothing will start at 12:30 p.m.  The event will also feature the public premier of the new Planetarium show, Everyone’s Sky: Star Stories from Around the World. The Ethnic Heritage Festival runs from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Admission to the Museum is free during the festival.