Entertainment

Day 1 – Friday, June 11th

Opening Speech (11:00 AM)

Opening speech from GRAPF Founder and Executive Director, Ace Marasigan.

Lion Dance (11:10 AM)

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 lions themselves bless and bring good fortune to each place they roam. The buddhas are useful in crowd control and comic relief.

Debra Kue (11:20 AM)

Debra Kue is a first-generation Hmong-American woman who strives to inspire others to follow their dreams. She recently graduated with her Master’s Degree from GVSU in English & Literature, and also enjoys singing, playing guitar for her church’s praise band and modeling.

Swordsmanship Museum and Academy (11:30 AM)

Presentation about the military history of Japan, complete with a cutting demonstration using a variety of replica Japanese military tools, and cutting either tatami and/or fruit.

Kohei Hattori – Anime Sing Along (12:00 PM)

Japanese Anime Theme Sing Along Dance Party hosted by IFA United Nations international ambassador singer, Kohei, from Japan. Kohei is a Singer, MC, & DJ. He has performed at Anime Conventions, Asian Festivals, Japanese Festivals, and Music events all across the US. He was the Apollo winner in 2014, a finalist in McDonald’s Gospelfest in years 2016 through 2018, the official MC at Japan Fest 2017 and 2018, and the official MC at Houston Japan Festival 2018 & 2019.

DJ Xcape (12:40 PM)

DJ Xcape, with over 20 years of experience, he’s been making people dance and have a good time, not just in Grand Rapids, but all across the country. He also likes tuna sandwiches. DJ Xcape also enjoys walking barefoot on sand at the beach.

Swordsmanship Museum and Academy (1:15 PM)

Presentation about the military history of Japan, complete with a cutting demonstration using a variety of replica Japanese military tools, and cutting either tatami and/or fruit.

S.N.R.G. (1:45 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, Philippines. They are excited to be back in North America to promote their third official album, Hopeless Lost Love Songs.

Kohei Hattori (2:25 PM)

Japanese Anime Theme Sing Along Dance Party hosted by IFA United Nations international ambassador singer, Kohei, from Japan. Kohei is a Singer, MC, & DJ. He has performed at Anime Conventions, Asian Festivals, Japanese Festivals, and Music events all across the US. He was the Apollo winner in 2014, a finalist in McDonald’s Gospelfest in years 2016 through 2018, the official MC at Japan Fest 2017 and 2018, and the official MC at Houston Japan Festival 2018 & 2019.

Debra Kue (3:05 PM)

Debra Kue is a first-generation Hmong-American woman who strives to inspire others to follow their dreams. She recently graduated with her Master’s Degree from GVSU in English & Literature, and also enjoys singing, playing guitar for her church’s praise band and modeling.

Swordsmanship Museum and Academy (3:15 PM)

Presentation about the military history of Japan, complete with a cutting demonstration using a variety of replica Japanese military tools, and cutting either tatami and/or fruit.

Golden Tiger Kung Fu & Extended Learning Academy (3:45 PM)

Shifu Mei, the martial arts instructor at GTKFA, is a 6th-degree black belt and was the Chinese National Wushu Champion from 2002-2007. At GTKFA, their approach to learning incorporates physical fitness with academic learning. Students practice martial arts to build confidence, learn discipline and improve their mental focus. Their additional academic classes in language arts, math, and computer science are designed to inspire their creative thinking, boost their analytical and problem-solving skills, and give them confidence in the classroom as well. GTKFA students will perform traditional Chinese Kung Fu, including Long Fists, Bamboo Fans, Broad Swords, Traditional Forms, and Weapons Forms etc.

AJ Rafael (3:55 PM)

AJ Rafael: singer/songwriter from Moreno Valley, CA. With over 1 Million subscribers on YouTube, and 900,000 listeners on Spotify, AJ was recognized as a Fil-Am Game Changer by the City of Los Angeles in 2017. His debut album, Red Roses, charted on Billboard and at #4 on the Pop iTunes Charts. AJ continues to make music and upload videos as he did when he first started back in 2006. He is also active in the theatre world, performing and music directing in theaters around the United States such as East West Players, Performance Riverside, & American Repertory Theatre.

Kohei Hattori & Cosplay Fashion Show (4:45 PM)

Japanese Anime Theme Sing Along Dance Party hosted by IFA United Nations international ambassador singer, Kohei, from Japan. Kohei is a Singer, MC, & DJ. He has performed at Anime Conventions, Asian Festivals, Japanese Festivals, and Music events all across the US. He was the Apollo winner in 2014, a finalist in McDonald’s Gospelfest in years 2016 through 2018, the official MC at Japan Fest 2017 and 2018, and the official MC at Houston Japan Festival 2018 & 2019.

S.N.R.G. (5:30 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, Philippines. They are excited to be back in North America to promote their third official album, Hopeless Lost Love Songs.

Pho Eating Contest (6:10 PM)

Hosted by Pho 616, participants battle in an event-favorite tradition, to see who can finish a 10 lb bowl of pho, in only 15 minutes.

Cuong Luong (6:40 PM)

Cuong Luong 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.

Michael Nguyen (7:00 PM)

Michael Nguyen is the co-founder of EZn, a hip-hop dance cover group that performed at Grand Rapids Asian-Pacific Festival 2019. He also did a solo K-pop performance at GRAPF Mid-Autumn Festival at The Blue Bridge in 2020. For GRAPF 2021, Michael will dance to the hottest K-pop songs for a special performance. He wants to promote the sense of community that dance can create. He also wants to break gender stereotypes, by showing us that there is nothing wrong with men dancing to songs originally performed by women. There is so much diversity in our Asian community, and it is amazing to see Kpop bring everybody together!

Tre DeLeon (7:10 PM)

Tre DeLeon is a Grand Rapids born artist who passionately expresses his love for the craft through his voice. Though he was exposed to many different genres growing up, he’s found a sweet spot in creating R&B and Hip-Hop. Whether doing a cover or an original creation, he is sure to give every performance 110% of his energy.

DanakaDan (7:25 PM)

DAN is an indie rapper from Los Angeles, CA. As a Korean Adoptee, he raps about identity, addiction, life, and every subject in-between. He has new music that is releasing this Summer – check him out & tag him in EVERYTHING at @DANakaDAN

AJ Rafael (7:55 PM)

AJ Rafael: singer/songwriter from Moreno Valley, CA. With over 1 Million subscribers on YouTube, and 900,000 listeners on Spotify, AJ was recognized as a Fil-Am Game Changer by the City of Los Angeles in 2017. His debut album, Red Roses, charted on Billboard and at #4 on the Pop iTunes Charts. AJ continues to make music and upload videos as he did when he first started back in 2006. He is also active in the theatre world, performing and music directing in theaters around the United States such as East West Players, Performance Riverside, & American Repertory Theatre.

Karaoke Contest (8:45 PM)

S.N.R.G. (9:15 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, Philippines. They are excited to be back in North America to promote their third official album, Hopeless Lost Love Songs.

DJ Xcape (9:55 PM)

DJ Xcape, with over 20 years of experience, he’s been making people dance and have a good time, not just in Grand Rapids, but all across the country. He also likes tuna sandwiches. DJ Xcape also enjoys walking barefoot on sand at the beach.

Closing Speech (10:40 PM)

Closing speech from GRAPF Founder and Executive Director, Ace Marasigan.

Day 2 – Saturday, June 12th

Opening Speech (11:00 AM)

Opening speech from GRAPF Founder and Executive Director, Ace Marasigan.

Lion Dance (11:10 AM)

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 lions themselves bless and bring good fortune to each place they roam. The buddhas are useful in crowd control and comic relief.

Taiko Drummers (11:20 AM)

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.

Swordsmanship Museum and Academy (11:40 AM)

Presentation about the military history of Japan, complete with a cutting demonstration using a variety of replica Japanese military tools, and cutting either tatami and/or fruit.

Debra Kue (12:00 PM)

Debra Kue is a first-generation Hmong-American woman who strives to inspire others to follow their dreams. She recently graduated with her Master’s Degree from GVSU in English & Literature, and also enjoys singing, playing guitar for her church’s praise band and modeling.

S.N.R.G. (12:10 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, Philippines. They are excited to be back in North America to promote their third official album, Hopeless Lost Love Songs.

Michael Nguyen (12:45 PM)

Michael Nguyen is the co-founder of EZn, a hip-hop dance cover group that performed at Grand Rapids Asian-Pacific Festival 2019. He also did a solo K-pop performance at GRAPF Mid-Autumn Festival at The Blue Bridge in 2020. For GRAPF 2021, Michael will dance to the hottest K-pop songs for a special performance. He wants to promote the sense of community that dance can create. He also wants to break gender stereotypes, by showing us that there is nothing wrong with men dancing to songs originally performed by women. There is so much diversity in our Asian community, and it is amazing to see Kpop bring everybody together!

Red Cloud Performance Team (12:55 PM)

An introduction to Classical Chinese Dance performed by the Red Cloud Performance Team: Classical Chinese dance has a history of thousands of years in China. One of the distinctive features of classical Chinese dance is its flowy, circular motions. When dancers move, their pathways should be rounded and full, a feature best illustrating a Chinese saying “beauty in roundness”. Hope you enjoy this classical Chinese dance.

Taiko Drummers (1:00 PM)

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 Park Tae Kwon Do – West Michigan (1:20 PM)

Traditional Tae Kwon Do: Demonstrating Forms (Poomse), Fighting/Sparring, Board Breaking, Self-Defense and more.

Bhinneka Tunggal Ika Dance Group (1:50 PM)

“Indonesian Dance Group. The dance is called “Tor Tor” is a traditional unique dance from North Sumatra which can be performed during joys (such as wedding events) and sorrows situation (disaster strike as a ritual culture to seek guidance how to solve a disaster)”

Swordsmanship Museum and Academy (1:55 PM)

Presentation about the military history of Japan, complete with a cutting demonstration using a variety of replica Japanese military tools, and cutting either tatami and/or fruit.

Debra Kue (2:15 PM)

Debra Kue is a first-generation Hmong-American woman who strives to inspire others to follow their dreams. She recently graduated with her Master’s Degree from GVSU in English & Literature, and also enjoys singing, playing guitar for her church’s praise band and modeling.

Tropical Productions (2:25 PM)

Demo

Malhari Song (2:55 PM)

Foxynene Dancer (3:05 PM)

The Foxynene Dancers are made up of independent Filipina dancers who love to dance traditional Philippine Folk Dances, such as Subli & Abaruray Folk Dance.

Lion Dance (3:15 PM)

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 lions themselves bless and bring good fortune to each place they roam. The buddhas are useful in crowd control and comic relief.

Myanmar Ethnic Group (3:25 PM)

Taiko Drummers (3:30 PM)

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.

Golden Tiger Kung Fu & Extended Learning Academy (3:50 PM)

Shifu Mei, the martial arts instructor at GTKFA, is a 6th-degree black belt and was the Chinese National Wushu Champion from 2002-2007. At GTKFA, their approach to learning incorporates physical fitness with academic learning. Students practice martial arts to build confidence, learn discipline and improve their mental focus. Their additional academic classes in language arts, math, and computer science are designed to inspire their creative thinking, boost their analytical and problem-solving skills, and give them confidence in the classroom as well. GTKFA students will perform traditional Chinese Kung Fu, including Long Fists, Bamboo Fans, Broad Swords, Traditional Forms, and Weapons Forms etc.

Thai-American Association of MI – TAAM – (4:00 PM)

Thai traditional dance (Solo) of a love story of a young maiden waiting for her love.

Thai-American Association of MI – TAAM – (4:05 PM)

Thai musical instrument performance of a festivity time/occasion.

MIYUKI – Japanese Contemporary Dance Artist (4:10 PM)

Miyuki, creator of ‘Geta Dance Art’, is a Japanese contemporary avant-garde live calligraphy dance performance artist. Miyuki blends elements of traditional Japanese dance, modern Japanese dance, chakra vocals, live Japanese calligraphy art, and acting. She creates an intense and expressive theatrical show that has mesmerized audiences around the world.

S.N.R.G. (4:35 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, Philippines. They are excited to be back in North America to promote their third official album, Hopeless Lost Love Songs.

Swordsmanship Museum and Academy (5:10 PM)

Presentation about the military history of Japan, complete with a cutting demonstration using a variety of replica Japanese military tools, and cutting either tatami and/or fruit.

MIYUKI – Japanese Contemporary Dance Artist (5:30 PM)

Miyuki, creator of ‘Geta Dance Art’, is a Japanese contemporary avant-garde live calligraphy dance performance artist. Miyuki blends elements of traditional Japanese dance, modern Japanese dance, chakra vocals, live Japanese calligraphy art, and acting. She creates an intense and expressive theatrical show that has mesmerized audiences around the world.

Philippine Cultural Group of Michigan (5:55 PM)

The history of Philippine Folk dances incorporates influences from immigrants and conquerors while at the same time maintaining distinctly Filipino roots. Philippine folk dancing is a true reflection of daily life in past centuries while enchanting modern audiences at the same time. There are five types of Folk dances in the Philippines, namely: Maria Clara Dance, Cordillera Dance, Muslim Dance, Rural Dance, and Tribal Dance. These Philippine Folk dances illustrate the Fiesta spirit and love of life, the best-known type of Filipino dance.

DJ Xcape (6:10 PM)

DJ Xcape, with over 20 years of experience, he’s been making people dance and have a good time, not just in Grand Rapids, but all across the country. He also likes tuna sandwiches. DJ Xcape also enjoys walking barefoot on sand at the beach.

MIYUKI – Japanese Contemporary Dance Artist (6:40 PM)

Miyuki, creator of ‘Geta Dance Art’, is a Japanese contemporary avant-garde live calligraphy dance performance artist. Miyuki blends elements of traditional Japanese dance, modern Japanese dance, chakra vocals, live Japanese calligraphy art, and acting. She creates an intense and expressive theatrical show that has mesmerized audiences around the world.

Pho 616 – Pho Eating Contest (7:05 PM)

Hosted by Pho 616, participants battle in an event-favorite tradition, to see who can finish a 10 lb bowl of pho, in only 15 minutes.

Cuong Luong (7:35 PM)

Cuong Luong 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.

MIYUKI – Japanese Contemporary Dance Artist (7:55 PM)

Miyuki, creator of ‘Geta Dance Art’, is a Japanese contemporary avant-garde live calligraphy dance performance artist. Miyuki blends elements of traditional Japanese dance, modern Japanese dance, chakra vocals, live Japanese calligraphy art, and acting. She creates an intense and expressive theatrical show that has mesmerized audiences around the world.

Tropical Productions (8:20 PM)

Allen Trieu – Stand-Up Comedian (8:50 PM)

Stand-up comedian

DJ Buck (9:05 PM)

Locally based, DJ Buck plays his main genres which are hip hop and R&B; old and new school. He has also done a lot of work with dubstep and house but his go-to is what I’m known for is hip hop. This performance, DJ Buck will be DJing today’s hits.

S.N.R.G. (9:35 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, Philippines. They are excited to be back in North America to promote their third official album, Hopeless Lost Love Songs.

DJ Xcape (10:10 PM)

DJ Xcape, with over 20 years of experience, he’s been making people dance and have a good time, not just in Grand Rapids, but all across the country. He also likes tuna sandwiches. DJ Xcape also enjoys walking barefoot on sand at the beach.

Closing Speech (10:40 PM)

Closing speech from GRAPF Founder and Executive Director, Ace Marasigan.

Get In Touch

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Phone: 616-419-8257

Location

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Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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