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Southeast Asian Cultural Arts Festival August 17 in Vancouver, Canada

Greetings GMs, Masters, Guros, Instructors, Performers, Teachers, FMA/SEAMA enthusiasts, friends, family and previous SEACAF participants:

On behalf of the organizers and sponsors for SEACAF 2013, you are invited to the 6th Annual Southeast Asian Cultural Arts Festival to be held in Burnaby, BC, Canada, on Satuday August 17, 2013 from 10:00am-5:00pm. See the links below for the map or contact us for directions.

The event will start at 10 am with an opening circle and welcoming ceremony by First Nations.

Check out the video from 2011: SEACAF 2011 - Southeast Asian Cultural Arts Festival
And the music/dance video from 2012: SEACAF 2012 - Music and Dance (short video)

Web page -

Twitter: @MonsoonSociety and @maelstromCore with #SEACAF
Map: (east side of Boundary Road between 46th and 47th Ave, Burnaby, beside parking lot)
Poster: (PDF - 45 Mb) (PNG - 6.6 Mb) (PDF - 454 Kb)
Photos 2011:!i=1644771588&k=jvwjzsC&lb=1&s=A

This premier event showcases top Filipino and Southeast Asian Martial Arts talent from the Greater Vancouver region and includes instructors from across the Pacific Northwest. It is a great opportunity to see and train with many instructors and their students in one place! And watch great performances by local traditional dance and music groups, share lunch at a potluck BBQ, and network with others involved in SE Asian cultural arts of all sorts. It's a very casual, in-the-park, family-friendly, relaxed event. You can train hard all day, just kick back enjoy meeting people, or drop in to just say "Hi".

This year we will be running two simultaneous tracks - one for martial arts and the other for a variety of other cultural arts including dance, music, weaving, song and language workshops, demos, and activities. We welcome families and children to take part.

In the martial track, each participating instructor will offer ~30 minutes of instruction or demonstration. There will be breaks in between for chatting and time for lunch.
Event Features include:
Top FMA/SEAMA instructors from Vancouver and surrounding area and elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest
Several students and instructors from many different styles and systems
Training, demos, and performances
Networking, socializing, and sharing
Open to everyone - no cost to attend!
Family friendly - bring your kids, spouses, and friends

NOTE: There may be booths and presentations from various related cultural groups but no vending or commercial presence is allowed by the event permit.

SEACAF T-shirts will be available at the event. Contact us ahead of time if you want to request in advance to ensure you get one (or more).

While most presentations are from groups local to the Vancouver area, we invite 1-2 instructors each year from outside the area to present. In previous years, we have had celebrated guest instructors such as GM Rene Latosa (Windsor, CA), Tuhon Philip Gelinas (Montreal, PQ), Guro John Soriano, Guro Bob Park and Guro Chris Clarke (Seattle), Ajahn Stephen Wilson (Portland, OR), and Maha Guru Roedy Wiranatakusumah (Bandung, West Java).

This year one of our guest instructors will be Master Mark Makita from Los Angeles, California.

NOTE to out-of-town participants: This is a grass-roots, self-organized event with minimal costs and funding. We will only be able to offer small subsidies or honorariums to out-of-town instructors who present. However, some of the local instructors are willing to billet out-of-town guests (instructors and/or their students) to help offset travel costs, if anyone would like to come for the weekend to enjoy Vancouver's beautiful summertime offerings.

Please spread the word and forward this on to others even if you cannot come. You and your students are most welcome to join us.

This year, SEACAF 2013 is in part co-sponsored by the non-profit organizations Monsoon Society for the Cultural Arts of Southeast Asia, the Southeast Asian Cultural Heritage Society, and the Eka Cooperative for Co-cultured Communities, and by the Festivals Program of the City of Burnaby.
Loki Jorgenson, President
Monsoon Society for the Cultural Arts of Southeast Asia

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