Friday, July 11, 2008

Echo Park Lotus festival

This weekend starting today go down and check out the 31st annual Lotus Festival at Echo Park Lake.

Unfortunately this year there is no blooming lotuses but the festivities will go on.
LA Times recently did an article on the mystery behind disappearing lotuses
Photo of the lotus blooms in the past

From the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation

What: 31st Anniversary of the Lotus Festival sponsored by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks


DATES:

Friday, July 11, 2008 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 - 12 noon to 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 - 12 noon to 8:30 p.m.
(Dates coincide with the anticipated blooming of the Lotus Flower)



LOCATION: Echo Park Lake in Los Angeles, California, is located on Park Avenue between Glendale Avenue and Echo Park Boulevard, just north of the Hollywood (101) and Pasadena (110) freeway junction, near Dodger Stadium


MISSION:

The mission of the Lotus Festival is to develop, promote and create an atmosphere of understanding in which Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Southern California are brought together for one (1) evening and two (2) days of cultural sharing. The Festival also seeks to preserve and enlighten the public with a sampling of distinctly different and unique Asian and Pacific Islander culture and traditions through displays, art, music, dance and food.



HIGHLIGHTS:

The Friday Night Jazz Series on Friday July 11, 2008 and Opening Ceremonies on Saturday, July 12, 2008 at 12:00 p.m., to earmark the celebration of the 31st Lotus Festival, which include live music, dance and entertainment from a variety of performers representing many of the diverse countries of Asia and the Pacific Islands. This year, the Festival will highlight the people and cultures of Asia and the Pacific Islands. A fabulous fireworks display over Echo Park Lake will take place both Friday night and conclude the day's activities Saturday at 9:00 p.m. with the legendary Taiko Drummers playing in the background.

Asian and Pacific Islander personalities from the media and acting professions will act as emcees/hosts during this two-day event.

Artisans-at-work will be on hand to demonstrate their skills on the beautifully decorated Flower Island Pavilion. Their artwork illustrates their spirit, tradition and pride of the Asian and Pacific Islander handiwork. This includes: paper-cutting, hand painted scrolls, calligraphy, plant and flower expertise, fish, birds and other Asian artifacts and wares.

The Health Fair will feature educational lectures on holistic fitness. Other services to be provided include: free screenings, information and referrals.

The Community Services will feature a variety of organizations offering free information, assistance and referrals in areas of employment, social services, immigration, legal services, education, housing and translating.

The Art Show Exhibit will feature artwork with the “Lotus Flower” theme. The 2008 exhibit will be opening for viewing during Festival hours at the Cathedral Center of St. Paul, 850 Echo Park Avenue, located across the street from the boathouse.

The International Boutiques will offer a variety of Asian and Pacific Islander items and gifts for sale including clothing, jewelry, artwork, hand-made crafts, incense, body oils and much more.

The Children's Courtyard will give children the opportunity to learn Asian and Pacific Islander arts & crafts, enjoy live music, stories, songs and dances.

The Queens and their Courts representing local communities will be in native dresses.

Dragon Boat Races are held both days with media, community service groups, political and business organizations, local colleges and universities whom will be competing for awards, while enjoying a day on the lake.

The Food Booth area will provide a variety of Asian and Pacific Islander cuisine that will feature enticing delicacies, and exotic beverages which are traditional to the Asian and Pacific Island Cultures.



CONTACT: Lotus Festival
Department of Recreation and Parks
3900 West Chevy Chase Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(213) 485-1310; FAX (213) 485-8746

Email: Lotus.Festival@lacity.org

Website: www.laparks.org/grifmet/lotus.hTM






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