children festival

April 4, 2009

The Birmingham Chinese Garden and Asian Cultural Center Foundation is pleased to announce that its annual "Birmingham Asian Cultures and Food Festival" and fundraiser is set for Saturday, April 4, 2009, from 10:30 am (opening ceremony) until 3:30 pm at the Cedars Club of Birmingham(301 Green Springs Avenue South), two blocks east I-65.

Not only will there be many varieties of Asian cuisine available for purchase, but there will also be an Asian bazaar and a silent auction featuring Asian art and other fine items from many Asian countries (credit cards will be accepted). Entertainment includes performers who will sing, play authentic musical instruments, and perform traditional dances from various Asian cultures (Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese). A fashion show of Asian costumes is also on the agenda.

One of the highlights of the festival for adults and children alike is Ms. Kathryn Fairlee, a world-travelling Asian storyteller from California who will dramatically recount stories, myths, and legends from China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and other countries. Asian kite design and highest flying kite contests, with prizes, will be conducted, and a "Dragon Moon-Walk" will also be available on-site. One of the goals of the Foundation is to build a classical Chinese garden in Birmingham. A model of the preliminary design produced by a world-class design team from Suzhou, China, when they visited Birmingham in 2007, will also be on display.

Another highlight of the event will be an exhibition and two lectures with audience participation on Japanese Sumi-e by expert and practitioner, Ms. Mary Rodning of Mobile. There is something for the whole family! The price of admission is $12.00 for adults and $6.00 for children 12 and under. The adult price includes a basic dinner (3 items and drink), while the child's admission covers two items and a drink. Additional food tickets may be purchased for those who wish to sample the many additional foods available.