LAKEWOOD, Wash. — On Saturday, May 18, the Lakewood Sister Cities Association (LSCA) is hosting the Lakewood International Festival honoring South Korea. The festival is 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Pierce College, Fort Steilacoom campus at 9401 Farwest Drive SW in Lakewood.
The free family event will feature cultural entertainment, international cuisines and arts and crafts vendors touting jewelry, art and other goods. Food vendors will include fare from the Caribbean, Polynesia, Asia and the Americas.
“The Lakewood Sister Cities Association promotes international harmony just as the festival melds East and West and encourages cooperation between different cultures,” said Connie Coleman-Lacadie, LSCA president. “For example, the festival entertainment includes 10 culturally diverse performances.”
The headlining act is the Siheung Municipal Traditional Arts Troupe visiting from South Korea; the troupe will perform traditional Korean dances. Other entertainment includes Japanese taiko drummers, an Indian dance group and other Russian, Filipino and Cambodian performers.
“As one of Washington state’s most diverse cities, we are delighted to support and celebrate the Lakewood International Festival,” noted Ellie Chambers-Grady, economic development manager for the City of Lakewood. “With enthralling costumes, cultural festivities and delicious goods, this is a great event for all-ages.”