On Saturday afternoon, August 20, the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT) hosted their 10th Annual Hmong Arts and Music Festival. The event was once again held in St. Paul’s Western Sculpture Park, nestled in the neighborhood just west of the State Capitol.
The festival began at 11am and by noon had drawn an audience of all ages. Teens gathered in the Youth Tent for open mic sessions while younger kids lined up to have their faces painted and their hair sprayed colorfully. The Main Stage hosted musicians and performers as well as a singer/songwriter competition. Lining the paths of the park were vendors selling food, crafts, artwork and other items. Juried art pieces were displayed in The Master Gallery, located in the center of the festival grounds, and movies from Hmong filmmakers played in a film festival tent. The gorgeous weather made a perfect setting for the event’s festivities, and many attendees happily sat in the grass or on one of the many sculptures to enjoy their food and watch the performances.
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