Entertainment

Day 1 – Friday, June 14th

Taiko Drummers (11:00 AM)

By Michigan Hiryu Daiko

Members of Michigan Hiryu Daiko will present 2000-year-old traditional Japanese style taiko drumming at this year’s festival. This will be their third year participating in the festival!! They are based in Kalamazoo & present programs throughout the region.

Tae Kwon Do (11:30 AM)

By Mark Good 

Shin Hoo Yong (1:00 PM)

Adopted from Seoul, S. Korea and raised in the West Michigan area, Shin Hoo Yong is a rising star in today’s music scene with a cumulative 9K+ followers on all social media and streaming platforms. Shin Hoo Yong has dedicated his career as a self-made, Asian-American, indie artist to create music for the LGBTQIA+ community. He states that his upcoming album “Kissing Boys” is a bridge of understanding in a world of misunderstood noise.

Sumi Painting & Guzheng Musical Performance (1:30 PM)

By Huaming Wang

Huaming wang is a multi-talented artist, designer, and engineer. His artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally. He earned his BFA in China in 2005, then trained extensively in seal and large stone caving under HU Qingyuan, a master in China, while also designing gardens. He Came to the United States about eight years ago to obtain an Engineering degree at Western Michigan University, and five years ago started graduate school for both Art and Architecture degrees at KCAD, received his MFA in 2018. He won an Asian Artist Award in ArtPrize 10 in 2018. He is joined by Hua Qing, who is a teacher in Meadow Brook Elementary School with Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University. She is professional level with traditional Chinese instrument Guzheng.

Taiko Drummers (1:45 PM)

By Michigan Hiryu Daiko

Members of Michigan Hiryu Daiko will present 2000-year-old traditional Japanese style taiko drumming at this year’s festival. This will be their third year participating in the festival!! They are based in Kalamazoo & present programs throughout the region.

Ukelele (2:30 PM)

By Ace and Riza

A brother-sister act.

Taiko Drummers (4:40 PM)

By Michigan Hiryu Daiko

Members of Michigan Hiryu Daiko will present 2000-year-old traditional Japanese style taiko drumming at this year’s festival. This will be their third year participating in the festival!! They are based in Kalamazoo & present programs throughout the region.

Hula Performance (5:20 PM)

By MicroGirls

We’re a group of sisters/cousins who hula dance. We’re self-taught & have performed together with our whole lives for family events. This will be our first public event.

Lion Dance (5:35 PM)

By The Lavage ADL Lion Dance Team

The Lavang ADL Lion Dance Team consists of youth members of a Vietnamese parish based in Wyoming, Michigan showcasing the Vietnamese culture through traditional dance accompanied by drums, a gong, cymbals, and buddhas. The drums act as the lion’s heartbeat directing the routine, while the gong and cymbals are used to frighten any evil spirits away. The buddhas are useful in crowd control and comic relief.

Dance In Color (5:50 PM) 

Presented by India Market

Taekwondo Demo (6:20 PM)

By Chan’s Martial Arts School

Taekwondo Demo team prepared to demonstrate a few different things. Forms, routines, combinations, musical forms, board breaking, self defense skits, and more.

61syx Teknique (6:50 PM)

By 61syx Teknique

61Syx is a collective of dancers who believe in empowering the community through the different styles of Street Dance. By using HipHop’s “In the now – movement” mentality to build character, confidence and individuality. We believe in passing down the legacy of Breakin’(breakdance).

Rozen Lalas (7:00 PM)

By Rozen Lalas

ROZEN, born Rozen Lalas, is an R&B/Soul artist and Western Michigan University graduate based in Los Angeles, CA. This songbird began her journey as a solo artist after quitting her sixth and final girl group to create her solo debut EP entitled “Pages”. Inspired by the pages of her journal, the soulful songstress turned her pain into creative gold in hopes to heal for herself and for other survivors of domestic violence. Her original music can be found on TIDAL, Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, and has been also featured on Emmy nominated show, “Tough Love”.

Kohei with Japanese Style Idol Showcase (7:15 PM)

Presented by The Only Bean

Anime Theme Sing along dance concert

Karaoke Contest (7:50 PM)

6 singers will compete on stage with 3 judges.

Ellen Tran (8:55 PM)

Ellen Tran fuels her fire flow with dynamic performances incorporating different techniques and practices. Her love of movement bloomed in 2012 when she studied yoga, which soon led to hula hooping and tech fan dancing.

Lynn Siripanya (9:05 PM)

I’m a musician from Michigan and I’ve been doing this since I was 8 years old. I sing Spanish and American. I’m so excited for what life is to come!

Cheeks (9:15 PM)

By Cheeks

Rozen Lalas (9:25 PM)

ROZEN, born Rozen Lalas, is an R&B/Soul artist and Western Michigan University graduate based in Los Angeles, CA. This songbird began her journey as a solo artist after quitting her sixth and final girl group to create her solo debut EP entitled “Pages”. Inspired by the pages of her journal, the soulful songstress turned her pain into creative gold in hopes to heal for herself and for other survivors of domestic violence. Her original music can be found on TIDAL, Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, and has been also featured on Emmy nominated show, “Tough Love”.

Gangnam Style Lion Dance (9:35 PM)

DJ Buck (9:45 PM)

Day 2 – Saturday, June 15th

The South Vietnam Republic Color Guard (10:55 AM)

We Americans of Asian heritage are very proud and thankful to our men and women in uniforms, especially those who have fought and died for the causes of freedom and democracy. This year, our festival is quite proud to have the South Vietnam Republic Color Guards and Mrs. Linda Truong from the Vietnamese – American Community to perform the U.S. color guards and the U.S. national anthem in our opening ceremony.

International Yoga Day (11:00 AM)

By Alpa Raval

The practice of mindfulness meditation and Pranayama meditation by Alpa Raval.

Lion Dance (11:30 AM)

By The Lavage ADL Lion Dance Team

The Lavang ADL Lion Dance Team consists of youth members of a Vietnamese parish based in Wyoming, Michigan showcasing the Vietnamese culture through traditional dance accompanied by drums, a gong, cymbals, and buddhas. The drums act as the lion’s heartbeat directing the routine, while the gong and cymbals are used to frighten any evil spirits away. The buddhas are useful in crowd control and comic relief.

Okinawa Dance Club (11:40 AM)

Two fantastic dancers grooving to an upbeat Malayalam song

Shreya Anil (11:50 AM)

Performing Hatsuharu no odori which is a traditional Okinawan dance.

Grand Ceremony (12:00 PM)

Introduction of Festival Committee (12:20 PM)

Interactive Taichi (12:30 PM)

By Master Lee’s School

Master Lee’s School of Tai Chi Praying Mantis Kung Fu is a traditional Chinese martial arts school. We teach Tai Chi Praying Mantis Kung Fu and Tai Chi Jeung to all levels of students. 

Linda Truong & Justin (1:00 PM)

Musical duo consisting of husband-and-wife Justin Nguyen (pianist) and Linda Truong (vocalist). The couple are proud natives to Grand Rapids and will be showcasing a pop medley that will make you want to sing along!

Japanese Sword Fight (1:10 PM)

By Kyoseikan Dojo

Members of the Laido program at Kyoseikan Dojo will demonstrate forms from the Shindo Munen Ryu school of Japanese swordsmanship. This is a relatively little-known set of forms done from a standing position that can also be practiced in a partnered form with wooden swords, or bokken.

Dr. Shastri (1:25 PM)

By Metro Health

Aikido Group (1:35 PM)

By Kyoseikan Dojo

This demonstration of the Japanese martial art of Aikido will be performed by the members of Kyoseikan Dojo in Grand Rapids. Aikido, the “Way of Harmony,” utilizes training of kata, or repeated forms, to help practitioners learn to absorb and redirect the energy of an attacker as they perform throws, controlled takedowns, and pins. We’ll also be offering short introductory workshops at our booth all afternoon.

Korean K Pop Dance (1:50 PM)

By Daebak Inc.

DBI (Daebak Inc) a all girl Kpop dance cover group from West Michigan, will be performing a girl crush kpop mix in an effort to show case the power of women in the kpop industry.

Philippine Cultural Group Of Michigan Fashion Show (2:00 PM)

Philippine Cultural Group of MI, also know as PCGOM is a cultural group and its objective is to retain and share the Filipino heritage.. said organization. is exclusively for charitable, religious and educational purposes. 

Kohei with Japanese Style Idol Showcase (2:15 PM)

By Kohei

Anime Theme Sing along dance concert

Kathak Dance (2:45 PM)

Kathak dance with a twist which is a Spanish song with a bit of Indian classical taste.

Bhatukama Dance (2:50 PM)

Bhathukamma -It is the floral festival celebrated by women in southern part of India and mother goddess come alive and goddess life giver is worshiped in form of bhathukamma. Patron Goddess of women-hood Gauri Devi

Bhangada Dance (2:55 PM)

Indian Folk dance performed during the baisakhi festival that celebrate the harvest. Also Known as vaisakhi historical festival in sikhism. Bhangra has a very energetic and lively tone and then the dance is equally vivacious.

Beats of Bharatanatyam (3:05 PM)

This composition beautifully blends characteristics of bharatanatyam that is, expression, posture, and jati. It has complex but, flawless beats making music majestic.

Red Cloud Dance Troupe (3:10 PM)

Chandrachuda (3:20 PM)

This magnificent song is composed by Sri Purandaradasa, Ragam Raagamalika, aadi Talam. The composition celebrates Lord Shiva, who is destroyer or transformer. He is the never-created creator of all. He is pure consciousness, the creator of time, all powerful, all knowing. He is the Lord of the soul and of nature, and of the three conditions of nature. Shiva is the transmigration of life and liberation, bondage in time and freedom in eternity.

Dayang Dayang  – Philippine Dance (3:35 PM)

By Lanie

The title ‘Dayang Dayang’ means “princess of the first degree”, a title is given only to the daughters of the Sultan

Fashion Show (3:45 PM)

Cultural Fashion Show

VDC – Viet Dance Crew (4:00 PM)

VDC (Viet Dance Crew) is a group of individuals that strive to represent the culture of Vietnam through costume and dance. These individuals came together with a common purpose, to show the community around us the culture that we have learned to embrace

Bhinneka Tunggal Ika Dance Group (4:10 PM)

Indonesian Dance Group. The dance is called “Yapong” is a traditional social dance from Betawi (Jakarta), which represents of the dynamic, diversity, and happiness of Betawi society.

ShimmyUSA (BellyDanceGR) (4:20 PM)

Meet the two dance companies of ShimmyUSA (BellyDance Grand Rapids), Directed by Sarah Mayne with a mission to present thoughtful and deliberate artistic creations, celebrating the world’s oldest dance in an ever changing and evolving culture. Delkash Dance Company professional troupe and the Allspice dancers student troupe both perform traditional Egyptian folklore and modern Oriental dance, internationally and locally.

 

Luau Hour (4:40 PM)

Hula halau kkaepa (Ace) & Hula Dancers (Minnie)

Hip Hop Dance (5:15 PM)

By EZn

Thai Dance (5:25 PM)

GVSU – Modern Pop Dance (5:40 PM)

GVSU’s Asian Student Union will be performing a variety of modern dances that were choreographed by talented Asian choreographers. The mix will consist of Kpop and American music. Their mission is to break stereotypes day by day and spread awareness of our many cultures.

Bollywood Basics (5:55 PM)

By Saleem Usmani

Asian of the Year Award (6:00 PM)

By Peter Hahn

Lion Dance (6:15 PM)

By The Lavage ADL Lion Dance Team

The Lavang ADL Lion Dance Team consists of youth members of a Vietnamese parish based in Wyoming, Michigan showcasing the Vietnamese culture through traditional dance accompanied by drums, a gong, cymbals, and buddhas. The drums act as the lion’s heartbeat directing the routine, while the gong and cymbals are used to frighten any evil spirits away. The buddhas are useful in crowd control and comic relief.

Korean K-pop Dance (6:25 PM)

By Heather Truong

Heather Truong will be dancing to various Korean hip hop artists and popular K-pop music from 2019 in order to reveal the rising trends of asian music that has been growing popularity internationally.

Johnny Xiong (6:30 PM)

Hmong Musician

Lion Chasers (6:35 PM)

I am Jdragon All American Rockstar, lead singer to the band Lion Chasers. My partner (Matt Rector) has been a gigging artist for the last 16 years. Both of us strive to bring quality content to the stage.

Shin Hoo Yong (6:40 PM)

Adopted from Seoul, S. Korea and raised in the West Michigan area, Shin Hoo Yong is a rising star in today’s music scene with a cumulative 9K+ followers on all social media and streaming platforms. Shin Hoo Yong has dedicated his career as a self-made, Asian-American, indie artist to create music for the LGBTQIA+ community. He states that his upcoming album “Kissing Boys” is a bridge of understanding in a world of misunderstood noise.

Wu Shu Martial Arts Duo (6:45 PM)

By Jasmine and Jerrome Kue

Wushu is a hard and soft and complete martial art, as well as a full-contact sport. It was developed in 1949 in an effort to standardize the practice of traditional Chinese martial arts. In addition to events for individual routines, some wushu also feature dual and group events. The dual event, also called duilian (对练), is an event in which there is some form of sparring with weapons

Viet Voices (6:55 PM)

The Viet Voices are a Vietnamese group who sing pieces from classic to contemporary music. In this program, they will perform Vietnamese history and love songs.

Chakma Jumm Dance (7:25 PM)

CHAKMA is is the name of the largest tribe in Bangladesh. Slash and burn agriculture and is the process of growing crops and they do traditional jumm dance.

Rozen Lalas (7:30 PM)

ROZEN, born Rozen Lalas, is an R&B/Soul artist and Western Michigan University graduate based in Los Angeles, CA. This songbird began her journey as a solo artist after quitting her sixth and final girl group to create her solo debut EP entitled “Pages”. Inspired by the pages of her journal, the soulful songstress turned her pain into creative gold in hopes to heal for herself and for other survivors of domestic violence. Her original music can be found on TIDAL, Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, and has been also featured on Emmy nominated show, “Tough Love”.

Debz Kue (7:45 PM)

Solo Musician

John Luu (7:50 PM)

John Luu is the Vietnamese of Chinese ethnic. He won the 1st place of the Voice of Vietnamese Television in 1997. He has been performing in both Chinese and Vietnamese. He sings from traditional opera to contemporary songs.

Lao Cultural Presentation (8:00 PM)

By Kavy Lenon

SNRG (8:30 PM)

“Some Never Really Get SNRG” is a message of understanding… the understanding that we may never truly understand one another; BUT that should never deter us from attempting to connect with others that seem different. SNRG is Aaron “eyespk” and Beau “L.A.S.T.O.N.E.” Canlas. This independent song-writing duo grew up in the Washington, D.C. area, but their cultural identity is rooted across the world in the province of Pampanga. They are excited to be back in North America to promote their second official album, The Mixed Apes by Missed Apes.

Heather Truong (9:05 PM)

Hip Hop Dance Performance

Ellen Tran (9:15 PM)

Ellen Tran fuels her fire flow with dynamic performances incorporating different techniques and practices. Her love of movement bloomed in 2012 when she studied yoga, which soon led to hula hooping and tech fan dancing.

Rozen Lalas (9:25 PM)

ROZEN, born Rozen Lalas, is an R&B/Soul artist and Western Michigan University graduate based in Los Angeles, CA. This songbird began her journey as a solo artist after quitting her sixth and final girl group to create her solo debut EP entitled “Pages”. Inspired by the pages of her journal, the soulful songstress turned her pain into creative gold in hopes to heal for herself and for other survivors of domestic violence. Her original music can be found on TIDAL, Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, and has been also featured on Emmy nominated show, “Tough Love”.

DJ Xcape – Glow Party (9:40 PM)

By DJ Xcape

Day 3 – Sunday, June 16th

Yoga with Family (12:00 PM)

By Alpa Raval

Teaching a few gentle postures along with speaking about its benefits.

Bangladesh Performance (12:30 PM)

Pokemon Ball Hunt (1:10 PM)

Hmong Dance (1:20 PM)

Forest Hill Chinese Immersion School (1:30 PM)

This Kindergarten to 12th Grade Public school is the First Chinese Immersion Program in West Michigan and is designed to encourage bilingualism and bi-literacy! High school students can earn up to 28 college credit which is equivalent to a full college minor from Western University, at no cost to the families.  Check the school out at the Kidszone area for more info about the program and for some fun Chinese activities!  They are here to sing 2 songs for us : Jasmine Flower & Mom Is Great!, accompanied by Sherry who will be playing the “Feng” Chinese Instrument.  Please welcome the students from the Forest Hills Public School Chinese Immersion Program!

Kohei with Japanese Style Idol Showcase (1:40 PM)

By Kohei

Anime Theme Sing along dance concert

IndiaLink (2:10 PM)

Chinese Opera (2:40 PM)

Chinese Opera is formed by John Luu. Singing from traditional to modern Chinese songs.

Magician – Seok-Joo Kwak (3:00 PM)

Seok-Joo Kwak is a Magician who has been performing for two decades. He won multiple magic awards including midwest magic competition and won magicians’ choice award in 2016. SeokJoo’s unique style of entertainment seamlessly blends humor and incredible skill.

Family Dance Class (3:30 PM)

By Ace, Jackie, and Red Marasigan

Charlie (3:40 PM)

Self-thought electronic music producer. Creates drum and bass with a hint of trip-hop. He will create live music on stage. Fun fact: Charlie is a multi-medalist for Special Olympics Basketball, Trike race, indoor Hockey, and Track and Field.

Pho Eating Contest (3:45 PM)

By Pho 616

Lion Dance (4:15 PM)

By The Lavage ADL Lion Dance Team

The Lavang ADL Lion Dance Team consists of youth members of a Vietnamese parish based in Wyoming, Michigan showcasing the Vietnamese culture through traditional dance accompanied by drums, a gong, cymbals, and buddhas. The drums act as the lion’s heartbeat directing the routine, while the gong and cymbals are used to frighten any evil spirits away. The buddhas are useful in crowd control and comic relief.

Grand Prize Giveaway (4:30 PM)

By Old National Bank

Old National Bank will be giving $1000 to a local non-profit organization.

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