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Flavors of Asia on the Eastside

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In addition to the Lotus Festival at Echo Park Lake, Angelenos can also enjoy South Asian culture at the 6th Annual ArtWallah Festival at Barnsdall Art Park in Hollywood this weekend, from July 7 to July 10th. Best of all, it's accessible via the Red Line. Exit the Vermont station.

ArtWallah is part of a movement to build artistic forums that showcase the South Asian diaspora's search for belonging, the shifting of identities, and the breaking and remaking of traditions.

Here are some highlights:
The Evening Program, showcasing South Asian dance, film, literature and music, including a dance performance “Past/Present” by Thresh.
Friday's Evening Program is from 8 PM to 11 PM. Repeat peformances take place on Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 PM. Call 310 391-3330 for info on how to obtain tickets.

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