2022 Cultural Xchange

Sunday, September 18, 2022 - 12:00pm to 8:00pm

Celebrate the cultures of our community and world at our multicultural festival.  Channeling the feeling of a bustling market abroad, the event showcases different nations through traditional dance and music performances, artisan vendors, food vendors, nonprofit groups and more. Festivities take place at Millennium Plaza Park with performances at two stages throughout the day. There will be many unique vendors to peruse and a wine garden from Cho Wines too! We recommend bringing low sand chairs as seating runs out quickly. 

Performance Lineup:

  • 12-12:30pm:  DJ Avelanche
  • 12:30-1:10pm: Portland Taiko
  • 1:15-1:35pm: Clan Macleay Pipe Band
  • 1:40-2:25pm:  Mariachi Mexico En La Piel
  • 2:30-3pm:  White Lotus Dragon & Lion Dance
  • 3:05-3:50pm:  Dina Y Los Rumberos
  • 3:55-4:15pm:  Wushu Martial Arts Demo
  • 4:20-5:50pm:  Jujuba
  • 5:55-6:15pm:  Anavai O Te Ora (formerly Ora Nui)
  • 6:20-8pm:  Ron Artis II Trio
Headliners:
Jujuba: 
Afrobeat & Juju ten-piece ensemble featuring Nigerian Master Drum legend, Nojeem Lasisi, a world-class West African and Cuban percussion section, a blazing horn section and a funky electric rhythm section. 
Ron Artis II Trio: Grown in Hawaii, Ron was surrounded by art & music. Ron started playing music at a very young age under the tutelage of his Father, Ron Artis.  He performs soulful blues, funk and soul sounds.

Performers include: 

DJ Avelanche:  DJ Avelanche is a radio, club and mobile DJ in Portland. His moniker comes from his hometown of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and it represents him & his style.  He has served as a radio DJ, Assistant Production Director at a local radio station, and now works as the Program Director of a DJ School.  

Clan MacLeay Pipe Band:  The Clan Macleay Pipe Band has a rich history and long-standing reputation for its continued fostering of Scottish tradition in piping and drumming.  Bringing their unique experience to live events, through their own instruction program, through schools and other public service performances, and their support of other pipe bands.

Mariachi Mexico En La Piel:  Taking Mexican music to the next level, Mariachi Mexico en La Piel celebrates traditional Mariachi sounds with skilled musicianship.  
White Lotus Dragon and Lion Dance:  Established in 2015, White Lotus is a dedicated team of performers bringing the art of dragon and lion dance to its purest form.  With over 30 members of all ages and backgrounds, the team brings a unique approach to a centuries long tradition.
Dina Y Los Rumberos:  With a repertoire that journeys through the best of Cuban and international music such as Cuban son, salsa, guaracha, bolero, merengue and cumbia, among other genres, this talented group possesses such a wide range of interpretation possibilities that they are able to satisfy the most eclectic array of fans.  All musicians graduated from the Music Conservatory in La Habana, Cuba. Led by their musical director Raul Martinez, Dina y los Rumberos wins over their crowds with versatile performances and innovative interpretations.  
Wushu Kung Fu:  Oregon Hope Chinese School Wushu Kung Fu team is an organization of children ages 5 to 15 years old who practice contemporary wushu, traditional kung fu, self-defense and movie choreography.  
Anavai O Te Ora (formerly Ora Nui):  After seeing a lack in representation for the South Pacific, Polynesian sisters Charlie & Roxie started Ora Nui Tahitian Dance Troupe. They made it their mission to share and perpetuate the Tahitian culture, using dance and music as their platform. They taught dance classes from their studio and performed with their production team across the PNW. Just this past year, the sisters stepped down from their positions as instructors with Roxie passing on the title of Ra'atira, or lead instructor to her daughter, Mika, to continue the journey into a new generation. Being the family's "river of life," the link from the past to the future, Mika was also blessed with a new name for the group. The troupe is now Anavai O Te Ora, "River of Life". Nourishing our future by perpetuating our heritage, they continue to uphold our mission to share and perpetuate Polynesian cultures with communities across the Pacific Northwest. Mahalo, Mauruuru, and Thank You.

Portland Taiko:  Blending the tradition of Japanese taiko drumming with an Asian American sense of creativity, community-building, and pride. 

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Special thanks to our generous sponsors: 
  

Arts Council Gallery Without Walls:  In addition to the Cultural Xchange, the Arts Council of Lake Oswego will be hosting the Gallery Without Wall Celebration on September 18 from 3-5:30pm at City Hall.  This family-friendly annual event includes the changing of the landscape with twelve new sculptures adorning the streets!  Experience the unique opportunity to meet many of this year's artists and learn about how their work goes from idea to three-dimensional sculpture.  The event culminates in docent-led tours of the new sculptures, so join in the fun for a grand tour of some of this year's additions.  For additional info, visit their website.  

Location
Millennium Plaza Park
200 First Street (Corner of First and Evergreen)
Lake Oswego, 97034