Invitation for Mongolian Cultural Day Festival June 4th, 2011 @ 12 noon

Los Angeles Area Mongolian Association is very excited to present Mongolian Cultural Day, June 2-8, 2011 in Los Angeles, CA. Please help us to pass the word around and join us on following dates!

Los Angeles Area Mongolian Association (LAMA) is presenting the fifth year annual cultural festival. Officials from the national Mongolian government as well as the capital city of Ulaanbataar will be coming to Los Angeles for the festival along with national ranked performers. These events will be open to the public . Councilmembers Herb Wesson and Tom Labonge are co-chairing the event along with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mongolia and the Los Angeles Area Mongolian Association.

The festival aligns with the Mongolian Naadam, the annual national festival which has been celebrated for more than 1000 years and in 2010 was placed on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. In Los Angeles the June 2-4 event is a people-to-people event to introduce Mongolian Americans to all who live in region. It has the goal of establishing a friendly and sustainable relationship amongst all Los Angelenos.

The festival will feature an ongoing exhibit of Mongolian fine art, calligraphy, photos, hand crafts, clothing and souvenirs at the Korea Daily Gallery (690 Wilshire Place, LA 90005, 9am-7pm daily, June 2-8./ June 2, Opening Ceremony at 4 p.m.).

Ulaanbaatar, the capital city along with the national government is sending a fifteen member delegation to meet with City Councilmembers Herb Wesson and Tom LaBonge and other LA officials to discuss topics including infrastructure and transportation, housing and redevelopment. This will occur in City Hall (10am-4pm, June 1-2)

University of Southern California will host a symposium on Mongolian art, music, language as well as business and economics. (10am-5pm June 3; USC Campus Taper Hall 202)

The most colorful of the events will be the open air festival to be held on the South Lawn of City Hall. The day will open with a procession of native costumed Mongolian dignitaries, musicians and dancers. The day will proceed with Mongolian wrestling. Wrestlers in their colorful traditional briefs meet their opponents with honorable salutation and then begin their combat until one is brought to the ground. The winner goes on to wrestle subsequent rounds until a champion is determined. The day will also feature traditional Mongolian throat singing, a unique talent developed over the centuries by the nomadic culture. The multiple deep tones from the throat and chest are unique in that the singer produces multiple haunting and loud tones simultaneously. Native foods and handcrafts will also be on display and for sale throughout the day. (June 4, 10am- 5:30pm, LA City Hall South Lawn, First and Main streets)

Following the Fair and Festival will be a concluding VIP banquet and reception, Los Angeles Area Mongolian Association 5th Year Anniversary Celebration held at the epi-center of the Mongolian community in Los Angeles. At the event Mongolian fashion show & silk evening gown auction, throat singing, contortionist and music. (June 4, 7:30 p.m. 3255 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010, $100)

Sincerely,

Zula Damdin

President of Los Angeles Area Mongolian Association

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