International Peace Arch Association (IPAA)
Dedicated to the heritage and preservation of the Peace Arch and the International Park.
Eduardo Mendonça & Show Brazil
This performance showcases the culture of Brazil with music, martial arts, and dancing. Eduardo Mendonça and his vibrant group will perform a variety of music and dance forms from Brazil including:
Bossa nova and samba.
Música popular brasileira (MPB), Brazilian popular music.
Ijexa, the music and rhythm from Candomblé religious rituals.
Baiao, rural music from the state of Pernambuco; dances and elaborate costumes associated with carnival.
Maracatú, an ancient carnival tradition.
Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art form performed to music.
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Folk Arts in the Parks Program invites the public to attend its tenth annual series of afternoon cultural performances at Peace Arch State Park.
Srivani Jade Ensemble
The Srivani Jade Ensemble plays soulful North Indian music featuring harmonium, tabla (a North Indian drum) and rich vocals. Founder Srivani Jade trained at an early age in the Carnatic musical traditions of Southern India. Since relocating to Seattle from India, she embraced the Hindustani musical traditions of Northern India. Hindustani classical music is beautiful, highly complex and allows for improvisation and exploration of musical modes known as ragas. Jade is the recipient of a Fellowship Award from Washington State Arts Commission, two Folk Arts Master-Apprentice grants and an Artist Support Program residency from Jack Straw Productions.
All of the free outdoor concerts begin at 2 p.m. Sundays and celebrate the diverse cultures of the Pacific Northwest. The artists' fees for these events are paid for by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Washington State Parks Foundation. This year’s concert series dates are August 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th. The concerts celebrate the Pacific Northwest’s international cultures and feature music and dance.
Peace Arch International Concert Series performances are free. A Discover Pass is required to park your vehicle inside the state park. Passes may be purchased at the park kiosk located adjacent to the parking area. All the concerts are on the U.S. side of the International Park just south of the U.S. Kitchen facility.
Lharik Dhakpa and Tsering Dolker
Lharik Dhakpa and Tsering Dolker trained at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts based in Dharamsala, India—the premier institute for the preservation of the exiled Tibetan artistic and cultural heritage. They perform several styles of song and dance from across the Tibetan plateau including:
Tashi Sholpa, a masked dance usually performed at the beginning of a function to bring good luck and success.
Dranyen Shapdo, a quick-step Tibetan lute dance.
Nangma, classical music from central Tibet
Traditional folk songs.
A Discover Pass is required to park your vehicle inside the state park. Passes may be purchased at the park kiosk located adjacent to the parking area.
The International Peace Arch Association (IPAA) is a privately funded nonprofit organization dedicated to the heritage and preservation of the International Peace Arch and parks. TAX ID: 91-166720. The IPAA was formerly known as the United States Canada Peace Anniversary Association (USCPAA). Copyright 1998- 2019 International Peace Arch Association All Rights Reserved.
Gansango Music & Dance
Gansango Music & Dance is a multicultural group of international dancers and musicians who perform traditional and contemporary dance and music from West Africa. The company is directed by Etienne Cakpo. Originally from Benin in West Africa, Cakpo is now a teacher and choreographer based in Seattle. Performances often feature:
Traditional dance from Benin, including Vodoun ritualistic dances.
Regional social ceremony dances such as the Chenkoumé dance from Savalou in Benin. Royal historical dances such as the Zehli dance from the late 1800s.
The group plays a variety of instruments including the kora, a 21-string harp, and such African drums as the djembe and the djun-djun. The group’s modern dance arrangements are based on traditional movement and rhythms, and their West African costumes provide color and cultural context.