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SPOTLIGHT: Samoa Takes the Stage First at APCC’s 25th New Year Celebration


Be sure to come early, so you don’t miss the exciting Opening Ceremony and Host Nation of Samoa at the 25th Annual Asia Pacific New Year Celebration.


We need to make a lot of noise to welcome the Year of the Rabbit, and our Samoan Performers will do just that! We will also have a very special Drum of Nations performance during the Opening Ceremony, a collaboration of several groups showcasing percussion instruments and rhythms from the different cultures, joining together in unison for a unique musical presentation. Many special VIP guests will be in the audience, including elected officials, Consul Generals, and community leaders who will take part in these festivities. Buy some food and listen to all the performances on the two stages while walking around and visiting all the booths. You will get to try your name written in Korean calligraphy, folding Japanese origami, and making Thai crafts, to name a few. There will be so much to see and do!

Main Stage:

  • 11:00am-12:00pm Opening Ceremony

  • 12:00pm-2:00pm Host Nation Samoa

  • 2:00 pm Cambodia - KLACA: Khmer Language Arts & Culture Academy

  • 2:20 pm Mongolia - Zje Mongoli Music Ensemble

  • 2:40 pm Indonesia - ICA: Indonesia Cultural Association

  • 3:00 pm Philippines - FCA (Filipino Community Alliance)

  • 3:20 pm Hawaii - Hula Halau’O Keala’akua Naniloa Mana’oakamai

  • 3:40 pm India - Aradhya dance academy

  • 4:00 pm Guam - Imahe

  • 4:20 pm China - Evergreen Chinese Academy, Tianyuan Tenison Northwest Wushu

  • Academy, and Tina’s Dance Studio

  • 4:40 pm Korea - Miyong Margolis Dance Collective

  • 5:00 pm Taiwan - Seattle Folk Dance Club and Portland Chinese Yoyo

  • 5:20 pm Vietnam - Tuan An Tran Huu

  • 5:40 pm Okinawa - Okinawa Kenjin Kai

  • 6:00 pm Tahiti - Ke Liko A’e O Lei Lehua E Kapuaokalani


Cultural Demonstration Stage:

  • 11:00 am Vietnam - Opening Blessing Dance by Vietnamese Dance Team

  • 11:05 am Samoa - 222 The Way of Warriors

  • 11:30 am Okinawa - Danhn’s Okami Dojo

  • 12:00 pm Vietnam - Vovinam Martial

  • 12:30 pm Japan - Crain’s Isshin-ryu

  • 1:00 pm Cambodia - Muay Thai/Kun Khmer

  • 1:30 pm Korea - Body and Brain Yoga

  • 2:00 pm China - Northwest Wushu Academy/ Evergreen Chinese Academy

  • 2:30 pm Indonesia/Philippines - Amerindo Self-Defense System

  • 3:00 pm Korea - Kwon Martial Arts Academy

  • 3:30 pm Thailand - Muay Thai Srisuk

  • 4:00 pm Brazil - Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

  • 4:30 pm Everyone, please go to the MAIN STAGE area!



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Was disappointing. I've been to California, Hawaii and Nevada events, and they were always fun, open, and i just wanted to spend the whole day enjoying the event. This one was overcrowded. Pushing and shoving through the crowd. Not even the vendors could get some of their food to through the crowd. There was no room to sit to enjoy the festivities. There was no place to sit and enjoy the food. There vendors were pushing everyone away from standing out of the walk way along their invisible wall. There were two shows ongoing, but again, the crowd was so overwhelming, it was difficult to see. It was very difficult to want to enjoy anything, we left as soon as we ate a little…

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