Seattle Center Festál is hosting a virtual Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration from noon to 2 p.m. May 2, online at https://www.facebook.com/apiheritage, which seeks to preserve and promote the culture, heritage and contributions of Asian Pacific Islanders and Asian Pacific Americans in the Pacific Northwest region. This streaming event is free and open to the public.

API organizers have packed the event with traditional music, dance and interactive activities reflective of the 26 ethnic cultures that comprise the API community, according to the announcement. The Filipino Youth Activities Drill Team will perform, along with the International Lion Dance Team. 

The stream also features: Huraiti Mana, a Polynesian Dance Troupe based in Seattle; a Laotian traditional dance troupe called Kinnaly; Northwest Wushu, the Chinese art of fighting; Te Fare O Tamatoa, showcasing music dance and culture of Tahiti; and Halau Hula Ka Lei Mokihana I Ka Ua Noe, perpetuating Hawaiian culture through Hula. University of Washington student-based groups Sayaw Filipino Folk Dance and K-pop dance group The Kompany will also join in the celebration.

The day offers Community Conversations addressing #StopAAPIHate and COVID-19 vaccinations. The annual Alan Sugiyama Hum Bow Eating Contest will also take place, along with an API food demonstration.

View the program details at: http://www.seattlecenter.com/events/featured-events/festal/api-heritage-month-celebration.