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Stories from the Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design

Shangri la + East-West Fest

Performing artist Inalihi stands holding a microphone performing their spoken word music. To the left of the photo is a large black speaker and in the background is a multi-colored banner with the words, "East-West Fest" and potted tropical plants below the banner.
#8x8_shangrila_23 artist Inalihi performs at East-West Fest 2023

Shangri La recently participated in this year’s East-West Fest, an annual celebration of culturally diverse communities, on the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa campus.

We curated a portion of the live performance program on the main stage by featuring incredible #8x8_shangrila_23 artists Inalihi and Keiki Breaks.

Shangri La’s Associate Curator of Programs and Social Practice, Navid Najafi, introduced our sponsored portion of the program which also featured Kanaka Maoli hip-hop artist Punahele, who has worked with us on several programs over the last few years (2020 AAPI conversation in collaboration w/Quiet Before & performing with 2019 AiRs The Reminders at the Hawaii State Art Museum). 

Shangri La’s presence at East-West Fest is an example of how we are broadening access to the amazing artists in our 8×8 network, and collaborating with long-standing community partners like the East-West Center. The event was free and open to the public.