Annual Savannah Asian Cultural Festival Comes to Armstrong March 27-28

(Feb. 3, 2015) — Armstrong State University and the City of Savannah's Department of Cultural Affairs will present the 2015 Savannah Asian Cultural Festival, one of the South's largest Asian celebrations, on March 27 and 28. For the first time, all events will take place at Armstrong's campus at 11935 Abercorn St. in Savannah. The festival is free and open to the public.

“We're honored to host such an illustrious multi-cultural festival at Armstrong,” said Jim Anderson, Armstrong's director of international education. “This year's festival promises to be even bigger and better than ever.”

The idea to partner with Armstrong and to bring the festival to the southside came from Savannah City Council Chairmen and District 6 Alderman Tony Thomas.

“We're delighted to collaborate with Armstrong to bring the Savannah Asian Festival to Savannah's southside,” said Thomas. “We hope Savannah residents and visitors enjoy a lively celebration of Asian culture at this year's event.”

The 20th Annual Savannah Asian Cultural Festival will bring the continent of Asia to coastal Georgia, celebrate the rich diversity of the area and feature unique cultures, cuisine, live performances and more. The festival will offer samplings from local restaurants and a selection of regional favorites from Polynesia, China, Japan, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand.

A Cultural Marketplace will offer the opportunity to learn more about each country and discover the traditional arts, crafts, fashions and treasures unique to each nation. From Ming-shared jewelry to calligraphy sets, original paintings, hand-beaded clothing, Asian accessories and henna body painting, an entire continent's worth of treasures can be found at Armstrong.

The festivities will kick off on Friday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. with a free live performance by Arya International, an Indian dance troupe from New York City, at the Armstrong Fine Arts Auditorium. Attendees can enjoy an evening of dance, from classical Bharatnatyam to entrancing Bollywood performances.

On Saturday, March 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the festival will offer a full day of live stage performances on two separate stages, including martial arts demonstrations, cultural displays, arts and crafts, educational workshops and more.

The 2015 Savannah Asian Cultural Festival will be presented in conjunction with Armstrong's Outdoor Arts Festival on March 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the university's Fine Arts Hall Courtyard. Highlights at this family-friendly festival include hands-on arts and crafts, dance, theater and live music. All events are free and open to the public.

Visit the 2015 Savannah Asian Cultural Festival website for details.