Pom Foundation Cultural Exchange

Since 2011, with the support and collaboration of the Embassy of the Lao P.D.R. in Washington D.C., the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism, as well as the Embassy of the United States in Vientiane, Laos; the Pom Foundation, formerly known as the Lao Heritage Foundation Pacific Northwest Chapter, has had the pleasure of working with the Lao National School of Music and Dance in the Pom Foundation Cultural Exchange Program.

The Pom Foundation Cultural Exchange Program did more than just provide students with understanding of dance and music. These exchanges developed a deeper appreciation for the Lao heritage and meaningful attachment to Laos and its people. With each successful exchange, students have been able to share that knowledge with the American public through the performances of Lao traditional music and dance in Seattle and other cities across the United States. 

 
 
 
A very special thank you to Ajarn Odai, Ajarn Toun, Ajarn Songsane, and Ajarn Khamsene from the Lao National School of Music & Dance who partook in our 2017 cultural exchange program. Photo by Dennis Sikhanthat.

A very special thank you to Ajarn Odai, Ajarn Toun, Ajarn Songsane, and Ajarn Khamsene from the Lao National School of Music & Dance who partook in our 2017 cultural exchange program. Photo by Dennis Sikhanthat.

 
 
 

2019 Cultural Exchange Program Overview

 
 

June 30th - July 14

Dee-Jai Music & Dance Camp / Elgin, Illinois

We’ve partnered with the prominent Lao community in Elgin, Illinois to host Ajarn Songsan, Ajarn Odai, and Ajarn Fongsamout for a two-week cultural camp led by Dee-Jai Music & Dance Academy in Elgin, Illinois.


july 13th & 14th

Arrive to seattle, washington

Ajarn Bandwith will depart from Vientiane, Laos. At the same time, Ajarn Songsan, Ajarn Odai, and Ajarn Fongsamout will depart Elgin, Illinois and fly into Seattle, Washington. A small welcome gathering will take place at their rental residence.

July 15th - July 26th

Kinnaly Summer intensive / seattle, washington

An advanced study program for our Kinnaly Troupe which includes full-time, intensive training in Lao traditional music and dance over the course of two-weeks with Ajarn Bandith, Ajarn Songsan, Ajarn Odai, and Ajarn Fongsamout.

July 29th - august 9th

Pom Foundation Lao Summer Camp / Seattle, washington

Brought to you by Pom Foundation in partnership with Wat Lao Mixayaram in part of our Cultural Exchange Program with the Lao National School of Music & Dance in Vientiane, Laos. This will be our 12th Annual Summer Day Camp! We are excited to welcome you to 10 days of fun learning experience. Our program is designed for children ages 5 to 14, focusing on lessons on Lao culture and traditions, as well as youth driven experiential activities. Emphasis is placed on teaching the youth about Lao heritage through the learning of important Lao customs, lessons on traditional music and dance, introduction to Buddhist teaching as it relates to Lao culture and daily life, Lao folktales, and games. We are honored to have Ajarn Bandith, Ajarn Songsan, Ajarn Odai, and Ajarn Fongsamout joining us this year for our Lao Summer Camp!

august 11th

FORTÉ: Lao Cultural exchange Showcase / Seattle, Washington

Forté is a showcase produced by the four masters from the Lao National School of Music and Dance and the Lao National Art Ensemble and performed by the students who participated in 2019 Kinnaly Summer Intensive and 2019 Lao Summer Camp. The show includes traditional Lao music, dance, song, and skits all taught and learned throughout our 2019 Lao Cultural Exchange.

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August 11th

Private reception for H.E. Ambassador Khamphan Anlavan / Seattle, washington

After a full day of sight-seeing and attending 2019 Forté: Lao Cultural Exchange Showcase, there will be a private reception held for H.E. Ambassador Khamphan Anlavan, Lao Ambassador to the United States.

August 17th

Farewell Baci Ceremony for 5 Masters from Laos.

More details to come!