Gateway to Asia: Your passport across the Pacific!
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 2013, Gateway To Asia will shine the spotlight on THAILAND, with the generous help of the Thai Consulate in Los Angeles! CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE (Photo by Jeff Towery/Colorado Dragon Boat Festival)
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 these schools all weekend!