Farmingdale State College is hosting the Fourth Annual Asian-America Cultural Festival of Long Island on March 20 in Roosevelt Hall at the school. The festival has repeatedly received praise for being a sight and sound extravaganza, and will include presentations of cultural exhibits, live performances, art, interactive shows and ceremonies.
“Sponsoring the Festival allows our campus community to enhance its cultural understanding of Asia,” said Dr. W. Hubert Keen, president of Farmingdale State College. “In addition, we are very much looking forward to the music and performances, as well as the dinner.”
Young and old alike are going to have a roaring time seeing the Lion Dance, craft demonstrations puppet shows, multicultural performances, a fashion show and cultural exhibits from various countries like Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines, China, India and Korea. There will be plenty of opportunity to shop at the corporate displays and vendor tables, an Asian market, and food sampling. And if you want to spend money but still might like a souvenir, there will be raffles held throughout the duration of the festival, with proceeds going to Tzu Chi Foundation and the LI-based Interfaith Nutrition Network to help relief efforts in Haiti.
At 1 p.m. New York Congressman Steve Israel will deliver an opening address to set off the festivities. The daytime program kicks off at 12:30 p.m. and concludes at 5:30 p.m. The evening program and awards ceremony will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets for the awards ceremony are $25; admission for the daytime program is free.