Since spring of 2003, the faculty and students of the Yale Southeast Asia Language Studies Programs have organized and hosted an annual “Cultural Festival,” featuring displays and performances of regional arts, crafts, music, and dance, along with a buffet dinner of Southeast Asian cuisine. The festival evenings have been open to the University and the public, and each year have attracted enthusiastic crowds of Yale students, faculty, and community participants.
Past festivals have featured Yale student and local community groups presenting songs, dances, fashion shows, photograph collections, and traditional crafts from the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Laos and Cambodia, and the Yale Gamelan Suprabanggo has provided small and large group performances. Festivals have also occasionally featured guest performers such as the Nguyen Dinh Nghia Family Ensemble playing traditional Vietnamese instruments, the Gamelan Dharma Swara and Balinese Dance Troupe from the Indonesian Consulate in New York, and the Amnaj Jatuprayoon Dance Troupe of NYC performing the Ramakien Thai Ramayana.
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Hosted by Council on Southeast Asian Studies.