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Imagine Ellis Island Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Festival

  • Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration (map)

The National Park Service in partnership with Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company presents the Ellis Island Asian American Heritage Festival on Sunday, May 6, 2018, with ceremony and performances starting at 12 noon at The Great Hall of Immigration at Ellis Island, located on the second floor of the main Ellis Island building. A full schedule of performances and educational workshops given by notable speakers will celebrate the 2018 Asian American Heritage Month with National Park Service. The festival will showcase traditional and contemporary Asian American Music and Dance, with notable performing artists from the community in New York and New Jersey including the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, the Asian American Dragon and Lion Association (AADL), Kindling Sindaw (Philipines), Vietnam Heritage Center, the Kalagangothri Foundation (India), and Hālau Hula O Na Mele ‘Āina O Hawaii'(Hawaii).

This year, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, in collaboration with AADL will perform the opening Dragon Dance, the ending Lion Dance as well as two new, contemporary works that reflect the immigrant identity of the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company. The Kalagangothri Foundation dancers, led by Akhilandeshwari .V and Chetan Hebbar will perform Indian Classical Dance Panchabhootha Rakshana (Protection of Life Elements) with Special Guest Artist Ms.Chitra Gopinath from India; Vietnam Heritage Center will perform classical Vietnamese Fan Dance; Kindling Sindaw will perform Dances from Indigenous Southern Philippines; and Hālau Hula O Na Mele ‘Āina O Hawaii’ will perform traditional and contemporary Hula.

No admission ticket is required for the event. However, audience members must take a ferry to Ellis Island for the festival. Ferry tickets are available for purchase at Statue Cruises in Castle Clinton in Manhattan in Battery Park, and in the Liberty State Park of Jersey City, NJ or online at

For more information, go to

Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration
Statue of Liberty National Monument
New York, NY 10004