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Destination Asia Cultural Festival

Join us for a trip around Asia with our 2nd Annual Destination Asia Cultural Festival on August 1 and 2, 2015. 

No need for an overseas trip, experience authentic Asian music, dance, cuisine, tree collections, and more in one weekend. Enjoy pictures from last year's event here.

 

SCHEDULE AND LOCATION: 

August 1 & 2, 2015
Arbor Court and Meadow Lake Areas near the Visitor Center
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

 

Live Music & Performances

Dawn Redwood Stage (Arbor Court)

Saturday and Sunday:

10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. – Kerry Leung, traditional Chinese music performed by a “one man band”
10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.– Kimbirdlee Fadner, brings ancient Chinese fairy tales and poetry to life in a bilingual performance of song, spoken word and movement.
11:00 a.m. – Gamelan Cita Saura, Gong kebyar style of Balinese gamelan music.
12:00 p.m. – Akshaya Indian Music Ensemble, traditional Indian music
1:00 p.m. – Chicago Koto Group, traditional Japanese ensemble music
2:00 p.m. – Friends of Gamelan, experience gamelan music from the Indonesian island of Java

Peking Lilac Stage (P1 Picnic Area)

Saturday and Sunday:

12:00 p.m. – Acharya Performing Arts Academy, classical Indian dance and folk dances
1:00 p.m. – Piyesta Pinoy, showcase of Filipino cultural heritage and traditions through music and dance
2:00 p.m. – Thai Cultural Arts Institute, traditional dances from Thailan

Sunday Only:

10:00 a.m. – Miyumi Project, Japanese traditional and jazz fusion musical performance
3:00 p.m. – Indonesian Cultural Troupe, traditional Indonesian dance and musical performance with Angklung, bamboo instruments

Golden Ginkgo Stage (Meadow Lake)

Saturday and Sunday:

10:00 a.m. – Shinkendo Japanese Swordsmanship, sword demonstrations
11:00 a.m. – Tsukasa Taiko Drummers, traditional Japanese taiko drumming
12:00 p.m. – USA Sumo, live Sumo Wrestling, a 1,500-year-old Japanese traditional sport
1:00 p.m. – Illinois Shaolin Kung Fu School, learn Kung Fu and Tai Chi
2:00 p.m. – Tsukasa Taiko Drummers, traditional Japanese taiko drumming
3:00 p.m. – USA Sumo, live Sumo Wrestling, a 1,500-year-old Japanese traditional sport

 

Games and Activities

Frost Hill
Saturday and Sunday
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Aviana Aerial Yoga, experience yoga elevated into the trees
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Learn to Play Cricket, a popular sport in Asia similar to baseball

Meadow Lake Point
Saturday and Sunday:
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Vendor Expo, Shop Asian goods and foods
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Language Stars Learning Booth, Learn a new language today!
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Origami Participation, learn to fold paper into beautiful creations
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Brain and Body Yoga Center, Yoga and Tai Chi workshops
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Elegant Henna Tattoo, experience traditional henna

Meadow Lake Lawn
Saturday and Sunday:
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Badminton open play, enjoy a popular sport in Asia

 

Botanical Activities

Arbor Court
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Stop by the Destination Asia Discovery Cart to take a virtual tour of our trees from China, Japan, and Korea. Learn more about our Asian collections here on the grounds.

White Pine Pavilion
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visit the Prairie State Bonsai Society Show to discover the many varieties of trees or plants that can be dwarfed to an artistic shape by special methods of growing, pruning, and training. Vote for your favorite bonsai display to help select best in show.
11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Bonsai Demonstrations, learn more about the care of bonsai trees

Meadow Lake Point
11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Ikebana Floral Demonstration, discover the art of Japanese floral arrangement

 

Experience more!

The Art of Bonsai: Attend this beautiful show and discover the many varieties of trees or plants that can be dwarfed to an artistic shape by special methods of growing, pruning, and training. Vote for your favorite bonsai display to help select best in show. Techniques for creating bonsai will be demonstrated by members of the Prairie State Bonsai Society. Bonsai and bonsai supplies will also be available for purchase. Learn more

Explore Asian Tree Collections: Take a hike to our collections from China, Japan, and Korea and enjoy the beautiful plants native to Asia. Stop by the Destination Asia Discovery Cart located in Arbor Court to take a virtual tour of our trees from China, Japan, and Korea.  Pick an object from the cart and hear a story about one of the trees in our Asian Collections.  Each journey is unique based on the item picked. Explorers can also walk out to our tree collections to meet the tree whose story you heard.  Learn more about our Asian Collections at The Morton Arboretum.

Dig Deeper and Register for Classes: Enroll in a bonsai workshop Saturday, August 1 or Sunday, August 2. For a full list of available workshops and to register, please click here. We also have a Summer Ikebana class on Saturday, August 1, for more information and to register, please click here.

FEES AND ADMISSION: 

FREE with regular admission

 

Arts programs at The Morton Arboretum are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency

Illinois Arts Council Agency