May 14, 2021
Rescheduled Oregon Asian Celebration Joins with the Obon and
Taiko Drumming Festival for a “Strength in Unity Festival”Saturday, July 31st at Alton Baker Park
Eugene, OR – After postponing the Oregon Asian Celebration’s Night Market this month due to the county’s extreme risk designation, event organizers are now pleased to announce a new date and location for this popular Asian cultural heritage event.
“In keeping with this year’s event theme “Strength in Unity – Year of the Ox,” the Asian Celebration will join another long-standing Asian cultural event in Eugene – the Obon and Taiko Festival on July 31st at Alton Baker Park,” says David Tam, the Celebration’s event director.
“Both events are held annually in Eugene. The Asian Celebration enters its 36th consecutive year and the Obon and Taiko Festival enters its 32nd consecutive year. “We are very excited to work with the Obon and Taiko festival to create an exciting atmosphere celebrating Asian cultural heritage in the arts, music, dance, folk art, and more. A marketplace, demonstrations of martial arts and crafts, and a variety of Asian food carts will also be included,” Tam said. “The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. and continue until 10:00 p.m.”
According to Aimee Yogi, an event organizer of the Obon festival, “We are excited to join with the Oregon Asian Celebration and look forward to sharing the meaning of Obon with new and former festival attendees. Obon festivals are held annually throughout Japan to commemorate and honor one’s ancestors. We teach traditional and contemporary circle dances that are easy to learn and we invite everyone to participate,” Yogi said. “For anyone who has lost a loved one or friend, the Obon festival is a time to honor and remember them.” Eugene’s Obon festival also includes taiko drumming performances, youth activities, and Asian food.
Information about this summer’s “Strength in Unity Festival” featuring the Oregon Asian Celebration and Obon and Taiko Festival will be available at www.asiancelebration.org.
Although the Asian Celebration is moving to July, the event honors this month’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with Windowfront Exhibitions of Asian-inspired fine arts and crafts, heritage, history, and poetry in vacant downtown Eugene windowfronts. People can tour the windowfront exhibitions through June 7. For details about the exhibition and storefront locations, visit https://www.eugene-or.gov/4637/Windowfront-Exhibitions.