For Immediate Release Media Contact: Collin Nash or Sid Nathan
May 6, 2010 (516) 869 7794
Town of North Hempstead to Host First Annual Asian American Festival
North Hempstead, NY—In celebration of North Hempstead’s growing ethnic diversity, Supervisor Jon Kaiman, the Town Board and cultural organizations throughout the Town are proud to announce the North Hempstead’s first annual Asian American Festival, a beach-front gala of food, folk art and performance from Asian-Pacific countries, including Japan, India, China, Korea and Pakistan.
The May 22 festival, co-sponsored by the Americana-Manhasset, will be held at North Hempstead Beach Park, the Town’s 60-acre beachfront playground in Port Washington. It runs from noon to 6 pm.
“As North Hempstead’s cultural landscape grows increasingly diverse, I believe the opportunity to experience some of our neighbors’ social mainstays and practices can only lead to a more harmonious co-existence,” Supervisor Kaiman said.
Featuring performances and folk art such as Japanese Taiko Drumming, traditional Chinese lion dancers, Indian henna tattooing and a Korean Hanbok fashion show, the festival will also showcase a selection of culinary delights indigenous to Asian cultures from across the globe.
Councilman Fred L. Pollack added, "This will be a fabulous afternoon of performance, art, culture, and cuisine, and the start of a great new tradition in the Town."
“Americana Manhasset is home to many noted international fashion boutiques, and we welcome the opportunity to celebrate the beautiful tapestry of cultures that make up our wonderful Town of North Hempstead,” notes Deirdre Costa Major, President of Americana Manhasset.
Call 311 for more information or visit www.northhempsteadny.gov.