6th Annual Asian Cultural Festival at Selby Gardens Adds Exciting New Elements

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 6th Annual Asian Cultural Festival at Selby Gardens Adds Exciting New Elements

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is expanding its popular Asian Cultural Festival to include a wider range of performances and demonstrations for 2011. The 6th annual Asian Cultural Festival will take place in Selby’s beautiful bayfront gardens on Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20. Festivities begin at 10:00 a.m. with performances and activities throughout the day.  Featured performers include the Matsuriza Taiko Drummers, the lion dancers from Tang Martial Arts Center, and Purnama Sari Balinese Dance Troupe.

 Try your hand at origami, calligraphy, mah jongg, Sumi-e painting and other Asian arts. Enjoy a lecture and tour of the Sarna Collection of Asian Sculpture, and peruse a stunning collection of kimonos. Demonstrations in the Gardens include Bonsai cultivation, Ikebana, Tai Chi, Yoga, and traditional martial arts.

 The Garden Shop will feature a variety of plants and home décor at great festival prices. Other vendors will offer an array of delicious Asian food, thai massage, and more.

 Selby Gardens Members attend the Asian Cultural Festival at no charge. Admission for non-member adults (age 12 and up) is $17; children 11 and under attend the Asian Festival free; please no reciprocals or guest passes. For new members only, join Selby Gardens during this festival and receive a $10 discount on the regular membership price.

The Asian Cultural Festival at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is sponsored by SNN6 and is paid for in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax revenue.

About Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a leader in the display and study of orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads, epiphytes and tropical plants with a focus on botany, horticulture and environmental education. For more information please visit www.selby.org

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas, regular admission $17 (ages 12 and up), ages 6-11 $5, Members and children 5 and under enter free. Contact us at (941) 366-5731 or selby.org.  Get social at www.facebook.com/selbygardens or www.twitter.com/selbygardens