By Greg Hugh

The annual Festival of Nations (FON) has been an event for the Chinese American Association of Minnesota (CAAM ) to both promote Chinese culture and raise funds since 1977.  For four days starting April 30 through May 3 and with more than 200 volunteers, CAAM is involved in all facets of the festival.  CAAM’s Chinese cafe, Chinese cultural exhibit, Chinese dance performances, Chinese calligraphy demonstration and Chinese bazaar have consistently been among the most popular attractions at the festival.



This year the organizers of FON have given CAAM a space five times larger than the standard booth space to showcase Chinese Peking opera.  CAAM is proud to be granted such an honor and thanks  all the volunteers who help make this upcoming FON a success.  Not only will participating in this event provide a significant portion to the financial well-being of the organization, it also adds to the community spirit by sharing our Chinese cultural heritage with the greater Twin Cities community. 

For nearly 83 years, FON has inspired people throughout the region to discover more about our world and embrace the rich cultural diversity brought to us by immigrants from around the globe.

In 2015, the Festival will continue its legacy as the longest-running multicultural festival in the Midwest.  It will collaborate once again with more than 80 ethnic groups to create a truly unique experience – one that celebrates cultural heritage and provides our community’s immigrants with a platform to express their stories through world-class performances, exhibits, ethnic cuisine and personal connections.

There are more than 35 different ethnic cafes from Norwegian lefse to Thai noodles for attendees to enjoy the different cuisines found around the world. Ages 21 and up also can enjoy wine tasting, a glass of beer or other beverages from around the world.

There will be more than 100 music and dance groups performing continuously on three stages throughout the Festival.  Students are treated to exclusive performances by the Ethnic Dance Theatre as well as other folk dance groups presenting cultures from all over the world in the Roy Wilkins Auditorium on Thursday and Friday of the Festival.

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