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The Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival celebrates the little 4-stringed wonder that has been captivating hearts and bringing musical joy into people’s lives for over 100 years. Whether you are an experienced player, an occasional strummer or a curious spectator, the festival offers lots of opportunities to jump in and be a part of the festivities! There'll be chances to enter to win awesome prizes, 'ono food available, and a whole day of making new friends with fellow ukulele lovers from across California and the country.
Event Dates (3 Days)
Sept 20-22, 2024
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FRIDAY: VIP Luau-Meet & Greet
Join us for an evening of Hawaiian food, performances by Anthony Stanley and Heali'i's Polynesian Revue, mingling with festival artists, Kona coffee tasting, contests and prizes. Space is limited so grab your spot before they're gone!
Kala Ukulele artist Anthony Ka’uka Stanley is the youngest son of renowned Kumu (hula teacher) Kathy Heali’i ‘O Nālani Gore Stanley of Heali’i’s Polynesian Revue, a Polynesian dance company that has been in existence since 1967. He has been the Music Director for Heali’i’s since the age of 15, where he has helped them win numerous awards and competitions. As a full-time professional musician, Anthony shares his music locally and internationally, playing acoustic music touring mainly with partner Keahi Rozet.
Heali'i's Polynesian Revue
Heali'i's Polynesian Revue is under the direction of Kumu Kathy Heali'i O Nalani Gore-Stanley and has been growing strong since 1967.
Together with her family, they perpetuate and share the love of Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa, and New Zealand through island song and dance keeping traditions alive. Heali'i's has been featured around the world traveling throughout the West Coast, East Coast, Hawaii, Tahiti, and Japan.
SATURDAY: All-Day Festival: full day of nonstop uke music performances
Artists Workshops Schedule
1) See all the artisits playing
2) Free Beginner Ukulele Classes
Attention total newbies: Join us in the Nakano Theatre for FREE beginner classes and demonstrations throughout the day 9:30am-4:30pm and learn the basics of holding, tuning, and strumming your first ukulele chords - even if you've never played an instrument before! No admission required but it's first come, first served. *Does not include entry into Torino Plaza
SUNDAY: More Festivities: Performances, workshops, play-alongs, open mic
Afternoon Concert: 2pm: James Artmstrong Theatre
Straight from the island of Oahu in Hawaii, NUE (Nā ‘Ukulele ‘Ekolu) is Bryan Tolentino on tenor ‘ukulele, Halehaku Seabury on baritone ‘ukulele and Kama Hopkins on bass 'ukulele, three Nā Hōkū Hanohano award winners, rooted in Hawai’i’s rich ‘Ukulele and Hawaiian music culture, whose ‘ukulele artistry and vocal stylings come together to create their own unique sound.
Joining NUE will be special guests Corey Fujimoto, Kalei Gamiao, Mika Kane and hula by Hālau Hula Ke Ola O Kaua’i & La’ikūokealaula.
NUE is presented in cooperation with the Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation.
Festival Venue: Torrance Cultural Arts Center, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, Ca
A unique multi-purpose complex with meeting rooms, visual and performing arts studios, two spacious outdoor plazas, and the Pine Wind Japanese garden, the Torrance Cultural Arts Center is located in the heart of the Los Angeles South Bay, just minutes from LAX. Plenty of free parking, too!
About the Festival
Mitch Chang founded the annual Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival in 2015. I'm a University of Hawaii music department graduate whose very first instrument was the ukulele. After moving to Southern California in 2001, I had the opportunity to study ukulele jazz with renowned ukulele musician and former big band leader Bill Tapia, an Ukulele Hall Of Fame inductee nominated by one of my UH professors Byron Yasui.
My vision for the Festival is to always make it as easy as possible for families and ukulele fans of all ages, interest and ability levels to discover/rediscover the ukulele in a space where they will be supported and encouraged. We strive to make the annual festival a true community-based event.
Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival is produced by Kala Koa Entertainment; click here to learn more about other Kala Koa signature events: the Southern California Slack Key Festival and the Los Angeles International Flamenco Festival.
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