Tenth annual Hmong arts and music festival this weekend

The Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT) presents the 10th Annual Hmong Arts and Music Festival this Saturday, August 20, at the Western Sculpture Park in Saint Paul.

Organizers say attendance for the festival has grown from about 100 the first year to about 3,000 last year. They say the festival’s crowd also has more racial and age diversity than in the past.

This year’s highlights include a Visual Art Tent showcasing a collection of artwork by Hmong artists, including the The Master Gallery, an exhibit of 5 juried art pieces selected by professionals from the local arts scene. The Main Stage hosts contemporary and traditional musicians and performers, including the IN SESSION: Singer/ Songwriter Competition, in which 5 finalists compete with original songs to receive career enhancing prizes. And there’s a film festival in the Qhia Dab Neeg Film Tent, screening of shorts and excerpts of feature length movies by Hmong filmmakers.

10th Annual Hmong Arts and Music Festival

Saturday, August 20 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Western Sculpture Park on Marion Street

(video courtesy of The Center for Hmong Arts & Talent)

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