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Cleveland Asian Festival 2018

The 2018 Cleveland Asian Festival was another huge success. The 9th annual Cleveland Asian Festival was held on the weekend of May 19 and 20 in Cleveland's AsiaTown neighborhood on Payne Avenue. It has become a not-to-miss annual event with great entertainment, food, shopping and fun.

Posing at the Cleveland Asian Festival

Posing at the Cleveland Asian Festival

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Laotian Association of Cleveland dancers

One of the highlights of the 2017 Cleveland Asian Festival was the performance by the young ladies from the Laotian Association of Cleveland.

young ladies from the Laotian Association of Cleveland

Young ladies from the Laotian Association of Cleveland

They performed both a traditional Laotian dance to celebrate the Laotian New Year and another, more modern, traditional Laotian dance.

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Laotian Girl at Cleveland Lithuianian Festival

Who said you have to be L:ithuanian to enjoy Lithuanian folk dance?

Anthony Yen, Sengdao Sirising and Cheslin Phichitchaleunsak

Anthony Yen (Chinese heritage and Laotians Sengdao Sirising
and Cheslin Phichitchaleunsak

Cheslin Phichitchaleunsak

Cheslin Phichitchaleunsak

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Laotian Dance at Cleveland Asian Festival

Two young ladies from the Laotian Association of Cleveland Dance Troupe performed a traditional dance from Laos in traditional costumes at the 2014 Cleveland Asian Festival.

Melissa Reid from Fox 8 TV asked Kimberly from the Laotian Association of Cleveland Dance Troupe about their performances - and where she got her lipstick!


2013 Cleveland Asian Festival

May 18-19, 2013

The 4th annual Cleveland Asian Festival attracted 38,380 attendees over the weekend of May 18-19, 2013. They spent over $2 million in the AsiaTown neighborhood. There were dozens of performances from local, regional, and national performing groups including headliner Cheesa from NBC's The Voice.

People enjoyed Asian cuisine from over 20 different restaurants and shopping in the World Market which was filled with merchants of Asian themed products while sponsors had informational displays at their tent.

Polynesian Hula Fusion at the 2013 Cleveland Asian Festival

Hula dances from the Polynesian and Hawaiian Islands peformed by Polynesian Hula Fusion

Polynesian Hula Fusion

10 pages of photos and videos of the Cleveland Asian Festival

Traditional Laotian Dance at Sai Gon Plaza 2009

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Laotian History and Culture

Modern-day Laos has its roots in the ancient Lao kingdom of Lan Xang, established in the 14th Century under King Fa Ngum. For 300 years Lan Xang had influence reaching into present-day Cambodia and Thailand, as well as over all of what is now Laos.

After centuries of gradual decline, Laos came under the domination of Siam (Thailand) from the late 18th century until the late 19th century when it became part of French Indochina. The Franco-Siamese Treaty of 1907 defined the current Lao border with Thailand. In 1975, the Communist Pathet Lao took control of the government ending a six-century-old monarchy and instituting a strict socialist regime closely aligned to Vietnam.

A gradual, limited return to private enterprise and the liberalization of foreign investment laws began in 1988.

Laos became a member of ASEAN in 1997.

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(The above courtesy of the CIA World Factbook)

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