April 18: Asian Culture Fest


Our 11th annual Asian Culture Fest will highlight the rich histories, arts, and traditions of China, India, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Nepal and the Philippines through through demonstrations, storytelling, dance performances, workshops, cultural displays and an Asian marketplace with authentic Asian merchandise.

Asian Market Place
Enjoy an expanded market of Asian themed merchandise from Japanese blossom scented soaps to artisan glass bonsai trees.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Rotunda 

Workshop: Henna
Design your own whimsical Henna-adorned candles or have some painted on your hands.
Noon – 4 p.m., Concourse

UC College-Conservatory of Music
Suzuki Piano and String Students
Noon, Rotunda

Dances from India
You no longer have to travel the world to see beautiful dances from India. Don’t miss this amazing performance as we celebrate Asian Culture Fest.
12:30 p.m., Duke Energy Children's Museum

Sakura Ladies Chorus
1 p.m., Rotunda

Classical Indian Dance
Watch a special performance from the Nritya Arpana School of Dance.
1:30 p.m., Rotunda

Jade Lin's Tea Party
Join us for demonstrations at the Taiwan Booth.
2-4 p.m.

Taiwanese Music
Witness a Lion Dance followed by a presentation from students of the UC College Conservatory of Music.
2 p.m., Rotunda

Shadow Puppet Theater
Celebrate Asian Culture Fest with us and drop in on our Shadow Puppet Theater. We’ll provide the materials for you to create a shadow puppet of your own and work together using puppets and props to create and act out a story.
2:30 p.m., Duke Energy Children's Museum

Himalayan Music and Dance with the CCM Ensemble
Enjoy a musical performance directed by Professor Stefan Fiol, UC College-Conservatory of Music.
3 p.m., Rotunda

Traditional to Modern – Thundering Japanese Drum
Experience a drum performance by Cincinnati Dayton Taiko.
3:30 p.m., Rotunda

Filipino Traditional Dance Presentation   
4 p.m., Rotunda         

Cultural Insights into Asia

Bring your passport to the four Stamping Stations located around the Rotunda and surrounding areas. Once you collect all four stamps, enter to win four All Museum Passes for your family!

Passport Stamping Stations

1. Ichi - Henna: Name the state in India that grows Henna crops
2. Ni - The Countries of Asia: Pick a card and see if you can accurately locate countries in Asia
3. San - Taiwanese Culture Quiz: Answer one question about Taiwanese culture to earn your passport stamp
4. Shi/yon: Passport to the World Table

CONGRATULATIONS! You have earned your final stamp and qualify to enter into a drawing for 4 All Museum Passes! 




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Activities in the Rotunda and surrounding areas are free. Activities in our museums are free for Members or included with your All Museums Pass.


Thank you to our supporting partner:


"Luxottica’s culture of embracing employee diversity supports initiatives within our community and expands the way we see the world. The Passport to the World at Cincinnati Museum Center exemplifies such a program. Additionally, Luxottica is the founding global sponsor for OneSight, a non-profit committed to providing eye care and eyewear to underprivileged people around the world, literally helping them see a world of possibilities. We celebrate our 23rd year of service in our own city in 2012."

- Jason Singh, Director of OneSight