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Posted on: June 28, 2016

16-035 Celebrate Southeast Asian culture at Saltwater State Park

OLYMPIA – June 27, 2016 – 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 third year—takes place from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at Saltwater State Park, 25205 8th Place S. in Des Moines. (Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/AaBfv) Celebrate Southeast Asian culture with members of the South Puget Sound Chinese, Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian, Filipino, Thai and Vietnamese communities through performances of traditional music and dance, children’s activities and food.

Artists, performances and cultural organizations include:

  • Mak Fai Washington Kung Fu Club Lion Dance Team
  • Ntxhais Huab Cua, Hmong Association of Washington
  • Cambodian Classical and Folk Dance Northwest
  • Filipiniana Dance Company of Seattle, Philippines
  • Kinnaly Lao Traditional Music & Dance Troupe, Laos
  • Huong Viet Performing Arts Group, Vietnam
  • Bong Lang Ruam Jai Band, music of Thailand

Cambodian, Lao and Thai food will be for sale, and there will be crafts and children’s activities throughout the day.

Admission is free. A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to the event. More information about the pass is here: www.discoverpass.wa.gov.

About the Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program

The Southeast Asian Cultural Celebration is presented by the Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program with funding provided by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Washington State Parks Foundation.

For more information about the Folks and Traditional Arts in the Parks program, including upcoming events, visit: http://parks.state.wa.us/folkarts or contact Debbie Fant, Program Coordinator, at deborah.fant@parks.wa.gov or 360-902-8635.

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: http://parks.state.wa.us/578/Saltwater

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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.

Follow Washington State Parks:

Share your favorite state park adventure on the State Parks’ blog site at www.AdventureAwaits.com.

Support state parks by purchasing your annual Discover Pass today, and enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington’s beautiful state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov.

MEDIA CONTACTS:                         

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

Toni Droscher (360) 902-8604

Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388

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