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Founders of Asian Festival

Dr. Steve Kaplan was the  Asian Festival Chair in 2018. It was a tremendous success, the festival had received strong support from the state, city, corporate and communities. There were more than 20,000 attendees for 2 days event.
Winnie Kho Kaplan is the Steering Committee for the Asian District, Mesa and very passionate in promoting the Asian Culture, Commerce and Community locally and internationally.  
Excellent Service Award from Scottsdale City Mayor Jim Lane and Arizona Asian American Association in recognition of outstanding achievement in serving the community at the Asian Festival.
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Announcement

We are proud to announce that the Foreign Dignitaries from Malaysia are coming to officiate this remarkable Asian Festival, our Guest of Honor , The Honorable YB Datuk Snowdan Lawan, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts, Sarawak Yew with 20 accompanying delegates . The National Living Heritage from Malaysia in Borneo and Indigenous Cultural Guidance, Mathew Ngau to perform Rainforest Music. 

We have received tremendous positive response from the sponsors, volunteers, businesses, public and vendors from the last 2 years of events requesting us to do a 2 days event.  We have increased our marketing and event production cost to draw 35,000 to 40,000 attendees with 120 booths, making it an excellent platform to showcase a diverse and engaged audience locally and internationally.    

Understanding Malaysia – A Keynote Address by Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (Minister of Tourism, Creative Industry & Performing Arts , Sarawak, Malaysia)

Mathew Ngau Jau
Living National Heritage from Borneo

  • Sape is an iconic vehicle that takes us along the road to a destination we called UNITY. A place where we can be happily together. Discover the captivating allure of Borneo-Sarawak’s Sape instrument at the Asian Festival on Jan 12 & 13, 2024 in Mesa, Arizona, USA.
  • Acknowledged as a Living National Heritage of Malaysia (Borneo) and a devoted Indigenous Cultural Guardian, Mathew’s passion for the Sape knows no bounds. Through his captivating performances, skilled craftsmanship, and dedicated teaching, he strives to ensure that the captivating sounds and melodies of the Sape transcends the lush rainforest and reaches people’s hearts worldwide. Brace yourselves to be transported by the sheer magic he weaves with each note as Mathew shares his profound knowledge and experience with all of us.
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  • The participants will have the unique opportunity to no only witness Mathew’s extraordinary talent but also gain insights into the rich cultural traditions of his indigenous people of Borneo (Kenyah). They will get to discover the materials, tools, and techniques that are essential for crafting this enchanting instrument. No only that, but participants will also get to learn the distinct characteristics of different Sape types while observing the intricate process of constructing and carving.   

 

HUMANS of Flow Arts


Nothing in this life is ‘in between’, every act, every thought are infinite.

Master Ong is a prominent figure within the juggling and flow arts communities. His Master Ong’s festival/events brings together thousands of flow arts practitioners  world wide every year.

Marvin Ong, or “Grand Master Ong,” as he’s affectionately known in the Flow and Juggling scene, was born and raised in Malaysia before relocating to the U.S.  Marvin has been playing with props for 15 years. The meaning of the flow arts to Marvin is a mix between finding one’s center through meditation and shifting between the vast experiences he’s gathered through his travels over the years. Flow arts has come to be a presentation and expression for the soul with a high level of movement involved. At least that’s what Marvin believes for himself.Marvin’s core motivation in continuing his interactions within the Flow Arts community has been his ability to share the concepts and pass along the things others have taught him as well as the simple joy of idea sharing with another human being while simultaneously seeing and creating bonds. 

“MANIPULATION.” It’s a time when we gather to share in our humanity and continue to learn and grow for one another.

 

Culture Night celebrating Lunar New Year draws thousand of people. "It's Nice to see everyone celebrating" Jan 28, 2023

Asian Festival hosted another successful event The Culture Night on Saturday, Jan 28 at Mesa Community College. Congressman Greg Stanton, Mayor Kevin Hartke from City of Chandler, Mayor John Giles, Vice Mayor Francisco Heredia, and Former Vice Mayor David Luna from City of Mesa who came to celebrate the Lunar New Year with crowds of thousands. Organizer had estimated more than 20,000 people. Almost all vendors running out of their food and stocked items. Long line of people waiting to get the taste of home make buns from Hot Bamboo, drinks from Mango Rabbit, Boba from Fire Tiger & Tiger Sugar and donuts from Mochinut (Tempe). Highlights of the night include the Lion Dance from World Martial Arts Academy, Famous Ken Koshio Taikon Drum, International Jazz Music, Cultural performances from Kelly Phong (Chinese), Suzuyuki Kai (Japanese) and Arirang Korean. Beautiful colorful dances from Desert Rose (Gypsy) and Swing Dance. Culture Night created a great experience that people want to come back again.     

Thousands attend the Asian Festival in Asian District Mesa, Arizona, on Feb 5, 2022

ABC 15 Posted at 5:41 PM, Feb 05, 2022
 
MESA, AZ — Thousands gathered, including dozens of vendors and performers, to honor different cultures for the inaugural Asian Festival in Mesa Saturday.

“This is our first time in Arizona enjoying the Lunar New Year and we wanted to take my daughter out to the festivities,” said Khoi Mai.

Census data shows the Asian population has been growing in the Mesa area.

In 2020, the city named a two-mile stretch on Dobson Road the Asian District which has about 70 Asian-owned businesses in the area.

Vendors told ABC15 they like sharing their culture by celebrating the Lunar New Year.

“So we usually celebrate it in China — and then we’ll bring dumplings to everyone, dumpling means good luck today so that’s why we’re cooking dumplings for everyone right now,” said Honglin Zhu.

 

Organizers said they plan on bringing the event back next year.”Yeah. This has been good. Thousands of people have come down,” said Dr. Steve Kaplan, one of the people that helped create the event.According to Kaplan, sponsors have already expressed interest in doing more in the future.He told ABC15 he hopes more people will show an interest in other cultures.

“So a lot of people know about one Asian culture or another but they’re very, quite different,” he added.

Lions Dance celebrating Lunar New Year

Stage for Opening Ceremony with Lions Dance, Taiko Drum, International Jazz and Asian cultural performances.

Asian Food Trucks and Street Food

Asian Cultural Villages and World Villages

Vendors Booths

Civic engagement information

International Jazz Live Music

Tribute to Asian Veterans

WELCOME MESSAGE

Asian Festival Founder/President, Dr Steve Kaplan

HERE ARE Our Event

Asian Festival – Humans of the Flow Arts

Event Program Nothing in this life is ‘in between’, every act, every thought are infinite. Master Ong is a prominent

Asian Festival – Showcase Living National Heritage from Borneo’s Arts, Craft, and Music

Event Program Friday, January 12th 5-7pm Cultural Performance 6-7pm Juggling Show 7-8pm Rainforest Music Saturday, January 13th 12-1pm Opening Ceremony

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Cultural Performances

Cultural Performances

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