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Himalayan Festival Comes to Laguna Beach

Pictured is the Himalayan mountain range and a stupa, symbols for an ethnic festival next weekend in Laguna Beach.

Pictured is the Himalayan mountain range and a stupa, symbols for an ethnic festival next weekend in Laguna Beach.

Visitors to the first Himalayan Festival held in Southern California will have a chance to experience a sampling of culture from four different Asian countries over two days while in Laguna Beach.

On Saturday and Sunday, April 19-20, the Festival of Arts’ grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, will experience an influx of Tibetans, Nepalese, Bhutanese and Indians. Each nation will devote half a day to showcasing their country’s dance, music and culture.

Bollywood songs and compositions by Ravi Shankar will be performed live. A member of the Sherpa tribe of Nepal will speak about Mt. Everest expeditions. Vendors offering food and wares of the Himalayas will be set up throughout the festival, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., both days.

The event is intended to play a role in building an inter-cultural link between the Himalayan diaspora and people from Southern California.

Admission is $5 and free for children and seniors. Laguna’s Neighborhood Congregational Church and Tibet Handicrafts shop support the event. For a full program visit: www.himalayanfestival.net.

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