APCC presents its 22nd Annual New Year Celebration By Jillian Chandler
Asia Pacific Cultural Center invites the community to join them as they once again present their annual New Year Celebration. This year’s event marks the 22nd annual event, which will feature the beautiful country and culture of Vietnam.
Held at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall (2727 East D Street), this much-anticipated annual event draws thousands each year. Attendees will enjoy a fun family friendly event that is free to attend. Saturday, February 8, from 11am to 6pm, you will find dozens of booths featuring everything from cultural arts from a variety of countries, food, drink, retail booths, games, crafts and so much more!
“This is a once-a-year chance for people to learn about so many of the Asia Pacific countries, especially the host country of the year—this year it’s Vietnam,” says Faaluaina "Lua" Pritchard, APCC's executive director. “There are more than 100 booths to include delicious cultural foods and the many cultural artifacts of the different nations.”
According to Lua, there will be two stages: one main stage to display the live performances of the different Asia Pacific countries featuring traditional dances from Cambodia, Samoa, Vietnam, Japan, China, Okinawa, Indonesia, Taiwan, Laos, Tonga, Fiji, Hawaii and more; and the second is the demonstration stage that showcases the different martial arts groups available locally for people to join and enjoy.
When it comes to what Lua says brings her the most joy being able to offer this event for the community, she says, "The people who are involved; watching them be so happy and excited to showcase their country and what to teach the attendees about their country; watching these people take such joy and pride in their country and to be able to share it with others.”
Asia Pacific Cultural Center invites you to join them for a full day of entertainment, food, crafts, martial arts demos and hands-on activities for both children and adults. “It is a fantastic day of festivities for the entire family,” affirms Lua. “You can spend the whole day at the event and would never be bored of things to do and enjoy! Come be with us!”