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Posted on: July 6, 2015

15-044 Celebrate Southeast Asian culture at Saltwater State Park

OLYMPIA – July 6, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to the Southeast Asian Cultural Celebration at Saltwater State Park in King County.

The free event—in its second year—takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at Saltwater State Park, 25205 8th Place S. in Des Moines. (Directions: Celebrate Southeast Asian culture with members of the South Puget Sound Cambodian, Indian, Laotian, Thai and Japanese communities through performances of traditional music and dance, children’s activities and food. Admission is free. The Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to the event.

Artists, performances and cultural organizations include:

  • Bong Lang Ruam Jai Band, music and dance of Thailand
  • Cambodian Classical and Folk Dance Northwest, Cambodian dances
  • Kinnaly Lao Traditional Music & Dance Troup, Laotian dancing
  • India South Sound Association, dances of India
  • River Ridge Taiko Ensemble, drumming of Japan

About the Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program
The Southeast Asian Cultural Celebration is presented by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program and Northwest Heritage Resources. This event has been funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Washington State Parks Foundation.  For a full schedule of Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program events, visit

About Saltwater State Park
Saltwater State Park is a camping park featuring 1,445 feet of saltwater shoreline on Puget Sound, halfway between the cities of Tacoma and Seattle. The two cities jointly and literally buried a hatchet at the park during the 1926 park dedication as a symbol of the end of their mutual competition. The park is a recreational destination nestled in the core of urban living, with forested trails and beach access. Visitors may explore marine life in tide pools at the park and the seasonal spawning of salmon in McSorley Creek. Saltwater State Park is the only state park that features an underwater artificial reef, providing divers an opportunity to discover the diversity of sea life and marine environments of Puget Sound. For more information about Saltwater State Park, visit:


About Washington State Parks

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.

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Media contacts:
Srey Ryser, (360) 902-8626
Debbie Fant (360) 902-8635 
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