Imagine Ellis Island
Asian American and Pacific Islanders
Heritage Month Celebration in
The Great Hall of Immigration
Ellis Island National Monument
Sunday May 19, 12:00 PM
The National Park Service, in partnership with Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company presents the Imagine Ellis Island Asian American Heritage Festival on Sunday, May 19, 2019, with ceremony and performances starting at 12 noon at The Great Hall of Immigration at Ellis Island, located on the second floor of the main Ellis Island building. A full schedule of performances of one hour by nationally renowned artists and performers will celebrate the 2019 Asian American Heritage Month with the National Park Service. The festival will showcase traditional and contemporary Asian American Music and Dance, with notable performing artists from the community in New York and New Jersey including the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Kindling Sindaw (Philipines), Vietnam Heritage Center, the Kalagangothri Foundation (India), and Hālau Hula O Na Mele 'Āina O Hawaii'(Hawaii).
This year, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, will perform the opening Dragon Dance, the ending Lion Dance as well as two new, contemporary works that reflect the immigrant identity of the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company. The Kalagangothri Foundation will feature Guru Akhilandeshwari .V and Chetan Hebbar performing Indian Classical Dance Nectar ; Kindling Sindaw will perform Dances from Indigenous Southern Philippines; and Hālau Hula O Na Mele 'Āina O Hawaii' will perform traditional and contemporary Hula.
No admission ticket is required for the event. However, audience members must take a ferry to Ellis Island for the festival. Ferry tickets are available for purchase at Statue Cruises in Castle Clinton in Manhattan in Battery Park, and in the Liberty State Park of Jersey City, NJ or online at www.statuecruises.com.