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March 10, 2010

4th Annual Asian-American Cultural Festival of LI March 20th at Farmingdale State College

Colorful Costumes, Puppet Shows, Live Performances and More
to Help Promote Cultural Awareness and Appreciation While Helping Those in Need

Asian-American Festival
Asian-American Festival
Following in the tradition of the three previous festivals, the fourth annual Asian-American Cultural Festival of Long Island promises to delight all who attend. The March 20th event at Roosevelt Hall, Farmingdale State College will feature natives of various Asian countries presenting cultural exhibits, live performances, art exhibitions, interactive shows and ceremonies. The festival has been called a visual extravaganza for its colorful costumes and displays, and traditionally attracts more than 3,000 attendants from the Asian and non-Asian communities on Long Island, Queens, Brooklyn and beyond.

Co-sponsored by the Suffolk County Executive's Office of Minority Affairs and Farmingdale State College, the Asian-American Cultural Festival of LI is free to attend in the afternoon from 12:30—5:30pm. Children will enjoy the Lion Dance, workshops, craft demonstrations and entertainment such as puppet shows geared especially to them. Adults will appreciate the multicultural performances, fashion show and cultural exhibits from several different regions. Included will be corporate displays and vendor tables, an Asian market, and food sampling. Throughout the afternoon there will periodic drawings for raffle prizes for all ages with the proceeds going to both the relief efforts in Haiti and the LI-based Interfaith Nutrition Network. Congressman Steve Israel will deliver the opening address at 1pm.

The evening program from 6-9pm will feature a stage performance by noted Asian artists, an awards ceremony, a VIP reception with foods of many nations for awardees, corporate sponsors, political and cultural representatives and other supporters, and a Chinese raffle with an array of sensational prizes donated by local merchants. This year's awardees are: George Hu, Asian Community Affairs Liaison, New York State Governor's Office; Dr. Hubert W. Keen, President, Farmingdale State College; Dr. Misao Nishikawa, PhD, Research Scientist at the Chiari Institute, North-Shore-LIJ Health System; Yoon Sook Park, Traditional Korean Musical Artist; Rhodora Ursua, Project Director at NYU Center for the Study of Asian-American Health; Justin Yu, President, Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of NY and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Neeta Bhasin, President/CEO at ASB Communications and Media host. Tickets for the evening performance are $25 per person and can be purchased on the website.

The festival is organized by the nonprofit Asian-American Cultural Circle of Unity. The committee welcomes sponsors, vendors, advertisers and volunteers to become involved. For more information visit www.aacfli.org or call 631-754-6640.