With nearly 20 years experience behind him DJ RAJ aka Raj Devan has hundreds of performances under his belt along with throwing countless parties. Raj is known to do anything from underground to top 40 & everything in between. Owner of various nightlife establishments in Des Moines & Ames such as Lot 33, Cave , Cafe Mood , & more . Raj is the man behind the l event promotion company Eclipse Productions . In years past Raj has performed with a wide variety of headline performers and more recently has became the owner of Iowa’s longest running music festival 515 ALIVE. Raj’s goal is to elevate the hype in local nightlife and entertainment which is exactly what he does on a regular basis taking part in multiple shows every month. So get out on the dance floor & see how a man so short in height can move so many feet !
Bryce “Kai” Phothisen is a 19 year-old Asian-American singer/songwriter from Des Moines, Iowa. A newcomer to the music scene, Bryce has been writing songs ever since he bought his first guitar at age 11. His music has influences from different genres, mainly folk, pop, acoustic, and rock.
In early 2017 he self-released his first extended-play entitled “The Mess That I Am” and later released a single “I Never Even Asked For Your Name” which was a collaboration with fellow songwriter, Lucas Roy.
He is currently completing a two-year degree at DMACC on top of his music career.
The future holds many things for Bryce, but he hopes that he will be able to make a living from what he is passionate about, songwriting.
Larry Berenguel, Jr. was born in Manila, Philippines and immigrated with his family to Des Moines at age 14. Larry has studied and performed folk guitar as well as performing with several different bands. His music can be described as folk, rock, pop, reggae, and jazz with acoustic guitar, synth guitar, and occasional rhythm tracks. Larry is a local favorite and can be found sharing his diverse love of music in church, at the farmers' market, or at your favorite restaurants and bars.
For the past decade, Gimikk has been rockin' venues in Des Moines and the surrounding area, earning their reputation as "The Best Party Band in Des Moines". Gimikk's high energy performance and amazing musical skills are topped off by the entertaining and charismatic persona of lead singer, James Brinker.
Izabella Arndt, age 9, of West Des Moines, the "2016 Li'l Miss Iowa", titleholder of the Miss Iowa Youth Program, and daughter of Daniel and Lisa Arndt.
Adopted at the age of 3 from China-Chinese Dance is an important form of dance for Izabella. She will perform a traditional Chinese Ribbon Dance. A dance that originates in ancient China. This dance uses sharp, rhythmic movements and a long colorful ribbon. The ribbon will dance with the dancer to tell a beautiful story of spring-a season of new beginnings and renewal.
Performing to "Flower Season", as choreographed by Chein-Ming of the Dance Vision and the Ballet Academy in Johnston
Global Pungmul Institute (GPI) is a Chicago-based 501c3 non-profit organization. As a community-based cultural and educational organization, GPI is dedicated to promoting traditional Korean cultural and performing arts. Korean drumming called pungmul or nongak has been inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The nature of this performing art form is coupled with solidarity in the community and a sense of shared identity among community members. Pungmul involves four main instruments: kwenggari (small gong), jing (large gong), janggu (hourglass drum), and buk (barrel drum). The two gongs signify the heavens, while the two drums signify earth. The small gong symbolizes thunder and lightning. The large gong symbolizes the wind. The hourglass drum symbolizes rain, and the barrel drum symbolizes clouds. The playing of these instruments thus signifies the harmony of nature and people. Pungmul players usually wear clothes with five different colors, which is associated with ‘five elements’: Blue (Wood, East), White (Metal, West), Red (Fire, South), Black (Water, North), and Yellow (Earth, Center).
Comparable to “dueling pianos,” the DSM Dueling Fiddles are an entertainment duo specializing in World Fiddle, Gypsy, Celtic, Pop, Rock, Latin, Klezmer, Irish, Bluegrass, and Classical selections. The DSM Dueling Fiddles may currently be found performing for various concerts and events in the Central Iowa area. Highlights from previous performances include: Celebrate Iowa Gala, Newton Fest, and CelebrAsian, among others
Jaypee Alameda Grimm is A FREELANCE CHOREOGRAPHER OF A KARAWASAN FESTIVAL (MEANS "CRABS" IN SURIGAO DEL SUR BISLIG CITY HE ALSO ...RECEIVED MORE AWARDS AS BEST CHOREOGRAPHER AND A CHAMPION entire DISTRICT ...GRANDSLAM !!! SINCE 2003 TO 2013..
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Throughout the year, the elders of the Manobo tribe are looking for the star-lit sky to determine the season of planting, harvesting, fishing and hunting. Each star can bring a different message and will guide the tribal group in their traditional way of living. This practice is called Pamiteun, the Manobos' indigenous way of understanding the stars. Nowadays only the members of the older generation of farmers will continue to use the Pamiteun but they are passing the knowledge to the present generation, to learn the old way of living, keep their culture and traditions alive and deepen their consciousness about their own culture
The Manobo are both strong in mind and spirit, their cultural identity is firmly rooted in the land and its nature. It is maintained through storytelling, language, family and the passing on of traditional skills and arts. The traditional way of life has not ended for most Manobos, like any other tribal community in Mindanao, the Manobo have faced many cultural challenges in their past and will encounter even more in the future. They strive to uphold their values and traditions even while living in a modern society, faced with new realities, ready to compete in the modern economic world instead of the world of nature.
Walnut Street School is an IB School located in downtown DesMoines, and it has the only Mandarin Chinese program in Elementary level in the Des Moines area. Students learn the language from preschool to 5th grade, and they are exposed and participate in varies cultural activities, like lion dance, fan dance, folk songs, etc.