6th Annual Pan Asian Arts Festival

FREE Family-friendly activities throughout the day

  • NON-stop Pan Asian Dances and Demos
  • Asian Youth Animation Exhibition
  • Asian Crafts Activities
  • Face Painting with Asian Patterns
  • Carnival Games (small fees to play)
  • Special Feature – 2-hours long Hmong Dance Drama “Longing for Qeej,” presented by Iny Asian Dance Theater

Date: Sunday, May 17, 12 Noon to 5 PM

Location: Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th Street, St. Paul, MN 55102


2nd Biannual Pan Asian Dance Festival

Calling all dancers, the Pan Asian Dance Festival is coming back to St. Paul MN at the E. M. Pearson Theater on August 16th & 17th 2014.

The dance competition will be a 2 days event, showcasing 9 dance contests for folk dance and modern dance!  See below for the full dance categories:

Dance Competition Categories

  • Asian Folk/ Traditional Dance of Solo, Duet, Trio (no age breakdown)
  • Asian Folk/ Traditional Dance of Ensemble Ages 5-7
  • Asian Folk/ Traditional Dance of Ensemble Ages 8-10
  • Asian Folk/ Traditional Dance of Ensemble Ages 11-13
  • Asian Folk/ Traditional Dance of Ensemble Ages 14-16
  • Asian Folk/ Traditional Dance of Ensemble Ages 17-19
  • Asian Folk/ Traditional Dance of Ensemble Ages 20 and above
  • Modern Dance: Hip Hop, Jazz Dance etc. (no age breakdown)
  • Boys Dance (boys only, covers all categories)

All dance schools and organizations from any background and any skill level are invited to participate in the festival to compete for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophy.

DOWNLOAD regulation/ rule form here.

DOWNLOAD registration form here and submit it to seexiongpaaa@hotmail.com or fax to 612-376-7730

Date: August 16 – 17, 2014
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm daily

Venue: Pearson TheaterConcordia University

275 North Syndicate Street
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104, USA

For more information please contact seexiongpaaa@hotmail.com

Food Vendors - looking for licensed food vendors who may be interested to sell food at this event. Event is estimated with 300 guest per day. Please contact See Xiong at 612-376-7715 if interested.

General INFO: You must be a licensed food vendor or food must be purchased from a store. NO homemade food is allowed.


Hmong Wearable Folk Arts Exhibition & Costume Show

Come and see the beauty of Hmong embroidery and applique adorned with silver jewelry. Led by Asian Media Access and Pan Asian Arts Alliance, the Hmong Wearable Folk Arts Multimedia Project incorporates presentation, exhibition, and live costume show to tell ancient old Hmong costume traditions, and its transformative nature throughout the United States.  Our exhibition will walk you through the different sub-groups of Hmong costumes,and its transformative history through Hmong costumes and dance photos.

Below are the next places that the exhibition will visit, please mark your calendar:

April 2nd – 4th, 2014
Southwest MN State University at Marshall (Hmong Historical Costume Show)
1501 State St, Marshall, MN 56258

May 5th – July 31st, 2014 (open during business hours)
Hennepin County Government Center Gallery
300 South 6th Street., Minneapolis, MN 55487

June 26th, 2014, Noon – 1pm
Hmong Historical Costume Show at Hennepin County Government Center North Plaza

Aug. 4th – Oct. 30th, 2014 (open during business hours)
South Central College Gallery and Exhibition Hallway
1920 Lee Boulevard, North, Mankato, MN 56003

Oct 10th, 2014, Noon – 1pm
Hmong Historical Costume Show at South Central College Green House
1920 Lee Boulevard, North, Mankato, MN 56003

>>Read Asian American Press Release of this exhibition<<


Pan Asian Arts Festival 2014

Pan Asian Arts Festival Postcard

Celebrate Pan Asian Heritage Month at the Landmark Center!

This annual celebration brings together the music, dance, foods and traditional arts of Pan Asian cultures.  All are welcome o experience the beauty and rich traditions of Pan Asian heritage!
  • Pan Asian dance performances and demonstrations
  • Crafts
  • Face painting
  • Calligraphy
  • Origami
  • Games
Date/Time: Sunday, May 4, 12 PM – 5 PM
Locaiton: Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th Street, St. Paul, MN 55102
Admissions: Free and Open to the Public
This festival is led by the Pan Asian Arts Alliance, Asian Media Access, Landmark Center, and local Asian performing arts groups and artists.
Funding for Sundays at Landmark is provided by Travelers and Ecolab.
This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the MN State Arts Board (through an appropriation by the MN State Legislature from teh State’s arts and cultural heritage fund, which was created by a vote of the people of Minensota on Nov., 2008)

Pan Asian Arts Festival 2013


1st International Pan Asian Arts Dance Festival & Symposium

Event Information


Related Documents Download:
Competition Registration Form
Competition Rules, English
Competition Rules, Chinese


Sponsorship Correction

Our sincere apology to the MN State Arts Board; their sponsorship language should read as follow:

This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.


Lunar New Year Celebration – Dragon Series

Dragon Lunar New Year 2012The series is
Traditional – 傳
Legendary – 奇
Stylish – 風
Classical – 雅

2012 welcomes the Year of the Dragon in the Chinese New Year, and we are preparing four events to help bring in the festive celebrations!


Fenmo – Beauty of Acrobatics

Time: Dec. 16 (Fri) 7:30pm and Dec. 17 (Sat) 7:30pm
Burnsville Performing Arts Center
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN 55337
Regular Price:
VIP: $50 with Premiere Seating and Event Booklet
Adult: $30
Children 12 and under, Senior 65 and above $23

In person at the BPAC Box Office;
via Ticketmaster at 800-982-2787 or its web site;
or via TravelZoo.

Ticket prices include facility fees. Additional service charges and handling fees may apply.

100-min non-stop excitement  – “Fenmo – Beauty of the Acrobatics”, produced by China Wuqiao Acrobatic Troupe – the birthplace of the Chinese Acrobatic.  The Show will include many spectacular acrobatic acts like: Lion Dance, Bench Stacking, Juggling, Air Acrobatics, Flower Pot Stacking, Changing Faces, Rolling Lanterns, Straw Hat Juggling, Hoop Jumping, and Martial Arts.

You don’t want to miss this true authentic Chinese Acrobatic show – Fenmo!!

Fenmo Information and tickets information at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center web site. >>


Year of Dragon Celebration

Time: Dec. 18th (Sun) noon – 5pm
The Great Hall
180 East Fifth Street,
St. Paul, MN 55101

Regular Price:
FREE admission for the festivity performances, additional charges for children games and food

Celebrate the once of life time as “Water Dragon” year, with non-stop wonders of acrobatic and dance performances, along with Chinese story-telling, calligraphy, movies, craft makings, carnival games, and Chinese costume try-on, the whole day would be a real authentic festival in Chinese style.


Dance of Joy

O’Shaughnessy Auditorium
2004 Randolph Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105-1750

Date: Jan. 14 (Sat), 7pm and Jan. 15 (Sun), 2pm

Regular Price:
Adult: $18

Email tccdc.dance@gmail.com, or call 651-246-5735 or 612-386-0683

Twin Cities Chinese Dance Center presents a special 100-min performance to celebrate the Chinese New Year, the show features the dances of diverse cultural groups from ethnic minorities in China.  It emphasize the evolving nature of the dance arts into more modern forms, at the times exploring an “Tradition Meets Innovation” motif and the myriad of influence that people from these regions have on the Chinese dance genre and culture.


Chinese Lantern Carnival

Time: Feb. 5th, 2012 (Sun) 2pm – 7pm
The Great Hall
180 East Fifth Street,
St. Paul, MN 55101

Regular Price:
FREE admission for the festivity performances, additional charges for children games and food

As a closing ceremony for the Lunar New Year series, the Chinese Lantern Carnival will have lantern making, “Guessing lantern riddles” game, which is an essential part of the Festival. Additionally, we will give away 500 lanterns to recreate such lanterns marching scene at St Paul downtown, children with lanterns will parade from the Great Hall to the Mears Park, and hanging their lanterns up to make the Dragon shape, to welcome the Dragon New Year – 2012.


Fringe Festival Information

Contact: Ange Hwang
Phone: 612-376-7715
Email: angehwang@amamedia.org

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Sunshine, in collaboration with Asian Media Access, and Pan Asian Arts Alliance, opens Longing for Qeej, a Hmong dance drama, at Minnesota Fringe Festival, on August 8th/5:30pm, 9th/7pm, 11th /7pm, 13th/5:30pm and 14th/1pm, at University of MN, Raring Center Proscenium, 330 21st Ave S., Minneapolis campus.

The production is an international collaboration among Asian-American artists including Mai Vang, a Hmong American Choreographer and Artist Director, Ange Hwang, a Chinese American writer, Kang Vang, a Hmong American Theater Director, with the Artists from China – Teng Li and Zou Mei from CHINA NATIONAL ACROBATIC TROUPE.

Longing for Qeej is the traditional Hmong creation story of the Qeej (pronounced “kang”) instrument. Qeej is a bamboo and wooden mouth organ found throughout Eastern Asia, and is a traditional music instrument played by the Hmong people. The Qeej has six pipes of different lengths attached to a wooden air chamber, and is played in major holidays and ceremonies.  

The story starts with Sinsay, a warrior, who married one woman from each of seven kingdoms. During a grand festival in Sinsay’s honor, the god of heaven demanded proof the women were each Sinsay’s wife. The result of Sinsay’s wives’ creation was the Qeej, an instrument made of seven pieces, and coming together in making one single voice. The instrument is itself a Hmong cultural icon. Hmong believe the Qeej’s rhythm, tone and melody can serve as a bridge between the natural and supernatural worlds.

With much excitement in her voice, Artistic Director, Mai Vang explains the importance of retelling this folktale through dances: “I have learnt the story at very young age, and we have to remember all the name of each the 7 parts of Qeej, I always wondering – are the names of the pipes also the names of the wives? Do the pipes have discreet “voices” that are associated with the separate personalities of the wives? Of course, much details have been lost through oral tradition, therefore, I have decided to take this old legend adding on new twists – give all these 7 ladies a face, a personality, a special dance belonging to each one of them to enrich the folktale.”

Minnesota Sunshine’s adaptation of the story combines narration, acrobatics and traditional Hmong dance. After multiple first-place finishes in local Hmong New Year dance competitions, this effort is a combination of a decade’s worth of award-winning dances in one show. Don’t miss this performance with centuries-old dances combined with elements from modern America.

Longing for Qeej takes place at the University of Minnesota Rarig Center Proscenium stage at Minnesota Fringe Festival. Performances are: August 8th/5:30pm, 9th/7pm, 11th /7pm, 13th/5:30pm and 14th/1pm. $ 15 dollar/per ticket, with Fringe Button, various discounts applied. For more information, please check on: www.amamedia.org, www.minnesotasunshine.wordpress.com, or 612-376-7715.


MN Sunshine Dance has been dancing together for the past 11 years, studied under Internationally renowned Hmong Choreographer – Mai Vang, they have focused on Hmong, Chinese, Laos, and Bollywood dance style. MN Sunshine has long history of winning the 1st place titles at many Hmong New Year Dance Competition. They are famous with their explosive physical capacities along with beautiful costume, and refreshing Asian music.


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