The Cincinnati Museum Center is playing host to the annual Asian Cultural Festival; a family-friendly, fun and educational event showcasing and celebrating cultural heritage and diversity on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14.
Asian Cultural Festival The Festival (part of the Museum’s Passport to the World series) will give guests a chance to learn about the history, cultures, art and traditions of people from China, Japan, Korea, India, Taiwan, Vietnam and Nepal.
Activities at this 2-day event include cultural displays, musical performances, martial arts demonstrations, workshops, storytelling, Taiko drum demonstrations and dance performances from various countries.
Some unique, hands-on activities include creating Indian sand designs, playing a 2000 year old strategic and face-paced game called “Go,” participating in Japanses Sumi-e and mastering some ancient brushstrokes and maybe even create a few of your own and creating your own Korean fan and then learning some dance moves.
There will be informational activities where you can learn about the art of origami (paper folding), get information about yoga at a special workshop and learn about Sahaja Meditation.
Some of the dance performances you don’t want to miss are the Japanese Umbrella Dance and the Classical Indian Dance Showcase. Also be sure to check out the performance by the Sakura Ladies Chorus from Japan (Sunday at 2 p.m.) and a presentation of The Music of Taiwan on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Another must-see attraction at the Asian Culture Festival will be Chinese Dragon Parades taking place on both Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m.
The Festival will also feature an Asian Marketplace where shoppers can buy authentic Asian merchandise.
Activities for the Asian Culture Festival will be held in the Museum’s Rotunda, the Ruthven Gallery, Reakirt Auditorium or at the Duke Energy’s Children’s Museum at the Cincinnati Museum Center.
Admission to the activities in the Rotunda and surrounding areas is free. Activities in the museums are included with an All Museum Pass for $12.50 for adults and $8.50 for children.
Hours for the Asian Culture Festival are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. on Sunday. The general parking fee is $6.
For more information on the Asian Culture Festival call 800-733-2077 or 513-287-7000 or get online at www.cincymuseum.org.
The Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is located at 1301 Western Ave. in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is approximately a 4 hour drive from Cleveland to Cincinnati via I-71.