Gateway to Asia: Your passport across the Pacific!

CDBF 2013 Thai Dancers

The featured country for 2013 in Gateway to Asia was Thailand; the Royal Thai Consulate of Los Angeles had a tent with educational displays and demonstrations, and the Gateway Stage featured Thai culture all weekend, like the dancers shown here.

CDBF created Gateway To Asia to educate not only the general public, but also Asians about our own diverse and thriving local communities. Gateway To Asia features more intimate performances than the Main Stage, allowing audience members to get up close and personal with performers.

Gateway To Asia also features exhibits that focus on specific Asian Pacific communities. Representatives from different communities will introduce you to their cultures and histories as well as explain to you what the arts and artifacts on display mean.

We’ve introduced visitors to the Filipino, Hmong, Indian, Indonesian, Korean, Japanese, Taiwanese, Mainland Chinese, Vietnamese communities and more — it’s like a passport to Asia and the Pacific without ever leaving Denver! In addition, the Gateway stage showcases traditional performances from the Denver area’s many diverse Asian communities to martial arts and hip-hop dance.

For 2014, Gateway To Asia will shine the spotlight on THE PHILIPPINES, in support of the Filipino community’s tragedy from last year’s Typhoon Haiyan.

Be whisked away to a tropical fiesta when you visit CDBF’s Gateway to Asia 2014, featuring the Philippines! Enjoy a lineup of food sampling, performances, and cultural education as we celebrate the theme of bayanihan—the Filipino virtue of working together to accomplish a common goal. See you there. Mabuhay!

The Martial Arts Stage has become a popular part of Gateway to Asia, featuring the most authentic of the area's Asian martial arts schools.

The Martial Arts Stage has become a popular part of Gateway to Asia, featuring the most authentic of the area’s Asian martial arts schools.

Get a kick out of our Martial Arts Stage

In 2012, we also debuted a new Martial Arts Stage in Gateway To Asia, because of martial arts’ popularity but also because we wanted to showcase only the best, most authentic schools of every Asian martial arts discipline, from kung fu and taekwondo to judo and karate.

The Martial Stage returns this year to Gateway to Asia, and will feature the best local schools and groups all weekend!

Read about the 2013 performers in the Gateway Stage and Martial Arts Stage

Interested in performing at CDBF 2014? Click here to submit an application!



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