Thai Community Arts and Cultural Center's Thai Cultural Day festival Invites L.A. to Fall in Love with “Land of Smiles"

Thai Community Arts and Cultural Center’s 22nd Annual Thai Cultural Festival will once again grace Los Angeles with an open invitation to all who wish to celebrate their heritage or experience the charm and beauty of Thai culture.

Los Angeles, CA, September 19, 2014 --( The Thai Community Arts and Cultural Center (TCACC), whose stated mission is "To preserve and promote Thai culture," will present its 22nd Annual Thai Cultural Day at Barnsdall Art Park on Sun., Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors to this colorful and lively free festival may enjoy traditional Thai art, music, dance, theater, martial arts, ice sculpture, children’s costume contests and of course, mouth-watering Thai food. Whether you are a native of Thailand, Thai American or someone whose knowledge is limited to Thai massage, takeout curry and The King and I, everyone is welcome.

Teresa Chung, administrator of TCACC and one of its dedicated volunteers, said Thai Cultural Day gives local artists “an opportunity to showcase their talents and cultural knowledge for the new generation.” While a UCLA student, she became involved when she met director and founder, Vibul Wonprasat, who invited her to volunteer.

Project Partners include Department of Cultural Affairs; Team Thailand; Thai Community Development Center; Clean & Green; Rotary Club of Thai Town; Thai Association of Southern California; Alliance for California Traditional Arts.

Attendees may not realize that the elaborate entranceway to the festival and the “Spirit House” are the work of chief decorator and master craftsman, Carl Percival, a London-born resident of Thai Town who fell in love with Thailand” years ago when he first visited The Land of Smiles.

"This festival is a free fun-time day on the grassy hill that was given to the citizens of Los Angeles by the Barnsdall family," said Percival. “It celebrates the spirit of Thailand with its beautiful art and warm, friendly people.”

A special alms-offering ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m. for Thai Buddhist monks who will give a gratitude blessing. Donations are not mandatory.

Barnsdall Art Park is located at 4800 Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles. It is accessible from the Metro Red Line, and the park's south side elevator will provide access for the disabled.

Free festival parking will be available at Kaiser Permanente, More Info and parking map are at

As the saying goes, “You don’t have to be Jewish to love Kosher rye bread,” you don’t have to be Thai to have fun at Thai Cultural Day.
Thai Community Arts and Cultural Center
Marlan Warren
(323) 347-6762