The Worldwide Youth Uchinanchu Festival (Wakamono Taikai), a global gathering created by and for young Uchinanchu (Okinawans), is set for July 18~21 at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center (Torrance, California). This one-time event offers the opportunity to connect with Uchinanchu from other states and countries as well as activities to explore our collective and individual identities. The 4-day conference includes international performances, socializing and networking, group discussions and projects, and insightful workshops featuring prominent Uchinanchu educators, artists, business leaders, and expert practitioners in Okinawan culture and traditions.
Conference registration has already begun with confirmed participants from Okinawa, Brazil, Peru, and various U.S. cities! The 2013 Wakamono Taikai will be the first of its kind in North America and will travel to Europe in 2014 and Asia in 2015. (Flyer and write-up courtesy of WYUAUSA.)
I won't personally be able to attend this exciting event, but I'm doing what I can to help promote it. Please help spread the word. Learn all the details and register here.