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Feb 5, 2017

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City of Woonsocket announces Southeast Asian Water Festival

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Posted by: Craig

City of Woonsocket announces Southeast Asian Water Festival

First-ever in the City festival scheduled for July 15, 2017


WOONSOCKET, RI: Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt and members of the Southeast Asians
American United of Rhode Island (SEAAU) announced, at an afternoon gathering
in Harris Hall, that SEAAURI’s 6th annual Water Festival will be held in
Woonsocket in 2017 at Cold Spring Park. The festival is scheduled to be held
on Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. This marks the first
time that this festival or a festival of its kind will be held in the City.

 

“I am thrilled to welcome SEAAU and this year’s Water Festival to the City
of Woonsocket,” said Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt. “Woonsocket has a vibrant
Southeast Asian community and this will be a great opportunity to share a
part of this City’s culture with a greater audience. Woonsocket is known as
an inclusive community and this year’s Water Festival will be the result of
widespread collaboration.”

 

Water Festivals are a traditional fixture in Southeast Asian culture and are
heldworldwide in celebration of the region’s culture. The festival will
feature traditional Southeast Asian cuisine, music, and performances. The
centerpiece of the festival will be dragon boat races along the Blackstone
River featuring teams of rowers competing for prizes and pride.

 

“We are excited to have the opportunity to share our culture with our
community and are grateful to have the support from the Mayor Baldelli-Hunt
and the City of Woonsocket,” said Vali Khamsamphou, festival founder and
SEAAU member. “Coming together as a community is always a good thing. We are
pleased to bring theexcitement of the festival to our City through this
partnership.”

 

SEAAU is a cultural organization whose mission is to advance and preserve
Southeast Asian culture in Rhode Island through advocacy and education. Cold
Spring Park is located off of Harris Avenue along the Blackstone River.
Individuals or groups interested in participating in the festival as a
sponsor, vendor, or boat race team can contact festival organizers at
vkhamsomphou@yahoo.com<mailto:vkhamsomphou@yahoo.com> or (401)965-6510.