February 10, 2016
Contact: Event Director David Tam | firstname.lastname@example.org, 541-554-9350
Event Co-director Ardyn Wolfe | email@example.com, 541-729-4096
Eugene Symphony: Lindsey McCarthy, Marketing Director, 541-687-9487 Ext. 106
Pacific Martial Arts Conference: Alan Best, Best Martial Arts Institute, 541-345-0684
Aloha Friday: Steven Mueller, 541-607-6793
White House Initiative: David Tam, Commissioner, 541-554-9350
DisOrient Film Festival: Anselmo Villanueva, Director, 541-870-1575
Oregon Asian Celebration photos available at: http://asiancelebration.org/media/
For Immediate Release
Partner Events of the 31st Annual Oregon Asian Celebration
Eugene, OR – A number of organizations hosting community events are partnering with this year’s Oregon Asian Celebration according to David Tam, Director of the Asian cultural festival. “Partnering with other organizations is an efficient way to communicate about community events with an Asian theme to a much broader audience,” Tam said.
“Partnering enables us to cross promote our events and even provide additional opportunities for showcasing talent.” Musician and composer Pius Cheung, for instance, is a featured performer at the Eugene Symphony’s Fire and Water concert planned for February 18 at the Hult Center and will also perform on the Main Stage of the Oregon Asian Celebration on Saturday, February 20. “This collaboration would not have taken place, had it not been for our partnership with the Eugene Symphony,” Tam said.
Successful partnerships that started in the past and continue today, include the Pacific Martial Arts Conference, hosted by Best Martial Arts Institute in Eugene. Alan Best, owner of Best Martial Arts Institute started the conference after seeing the successful collaboration of more than a dozen martial arts schools come together to perform and demonstrate their craft at the Oregon Asian Celebration. Best has served as the chair of the Martial Arts program since 2003, and then started the Pacific Martial Arts Conference ten years ago to provide martial artists an opportunity to learn from a wide range of experts from the Eugene/Springfield area and the Pacific Northwest. “The conference is a wonderful way to bring the martial arts community together to train and exchange ideas, and adults and teens are welcome,” Best said. For details, visit www.Pacificmartialartsconference.com .
Other organizations partnering with the Oregon Asian Celebration this year include:
- The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art’s Family Day Lunar New Year Celebration that was held on February 6 at the museum.
- Aloha Friday, a free monthly gathering for people who love Hawaii. It starts with a social hour at 5:00 pm followed by a stage show at 6:00 pm with featured guests and short cultural presentations. Aloha Friday takes place at Cozmic, 199 W. 8th Avenue in Eugene. Upcoming dates are February 19 featuring the University of Oregon Hawaii Club for a talent night with preshow music by Allen McWayne. On March 18 Seattle guest is Carlton Aranda with preshow music by Dick Takei. Aloha Friday events are scheduled every 3rd Friday with the evening’s program posted on facebook.com/eugenealohafriday.
- White House Initiative on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders Round Table is March 3 from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm at Pacific Source, 110 International Way. This event is open to the public and provides an opportunity to engage with federal bureau representatives and other government agencies that benefit the Asian Pacific communities. Reservations are requested by visiting Oregon.gov/OCAPIA.
- 11th Annual DisOrient Asian American Film Festival, April 29 through May 1 at Bijou Cinemas. This festival is dedicated to deconstructing the media stereotypes of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans as “orientals,” and invites film makers to showcase their film as art to educate, heal, and improve lives by giving voice to the Asian experience. For schedule of films and tickets, visit disorientfilm.org.
The Oregon Asian Celebration takes place on February 20 and 21, 2016 at the Lane Events Center, 796 W. 13th, Eugene OR 97402.
This two-day festival features a banquet of Asian cultural heritage through performances, music, dance, art, Asian cuisine, a heritage exhibit, youth activities, and Asian marketplace of more than 70 vendors; and demonstrations of crafts, cooking, and martial arts.
Admission is $6 for 1-day and $10 for 2-days; free for ages 12 and under, and free for ages 13 and older, including college students, when presenting a valid student ID and Student Admission Ticket obtained at any Oregon Community Credit Union. Advanced tickets can also be purchased at the Oregon Community Credit Union.
For a complete schedule, visit www.AsianCelebration.org.
The event is supported by the following sponsors: Oregon Community Credit Union, Kaiser Permanente, Kikkoman USA, Imagination International, McDonalds, University of Oregon, City of Eugene, and KVAL-TV.
The event is produced by the Eugene/Springfield Asian Council whose mission is to create opportunities that foster greater understanding of Asian and Asian American cultures by presenting special events and activities to promote friendship and harmonious relationships.