Since spring of 2003, the faculty and students of the
Yale Southeast Asia Language Studies Programs have organized
and hosted an annual "Cultural Festival,"
featuring displays and performances of regional arts,
crafts, music and dance, along with a buffet dinner
of Southeast Asian cuisine. The festival evenings have
been open to the University and the public, and each
year have attracted enthusiastic crowds of Yale students,
faculty, and community participants.
Past festivals have featured Yale student and local
community groups presenting songs, dances, fashion shows,
photograph collections, and traditional crafts from
the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Laos
and Cambodia, and the Yale
Gamelan Suprabanggo has provided small and large
group performances. Festivals have also occasionally
featured guest performers such as the Nguyen
Dinh Nghia Family Ensemble playing traditional
Vietnamese instruments, the Gamelan
Dharma Swara and Balinese
Dance Troupe from the Indonesian Consulate in
New York, and the Amnaj
Jatuprayoon Dance Troupe of NYC performing the
Ramakien Thai Ramayana.