LHF hosts various events throughout the years. Look back and find out what we have been up to since we started in 2004. Find out when the first summer camps was launched. Find out when the summer camps in your area started. Did you know that LHF named each of it’s gala and featured various Lao arts at each and every annual gala event? Learn more about what areas of Lao art were featured. We invite you to explore our past, connect with our present, and help us build the future of Lao arts in the next generation of Lao youths across America!!
All events are free and open to the public as a service to the Lao community and supporters during this unprecedented time where we all need opportunities to celebrate and connect.
- Virtual Beginning and Intermediate Lao Dance Class (TBA)
- Cooking with LHF (September 2021)
- LHF Giving Tuesday (December 2021)
Lao Language Classes (July 5-August 5, 2021)
LHF is excited to annouce that we will be offering three Lao language classes this summer. All classes are free and open to the public. You must register for the classes and join the google classroom for the class that you want to enroll in. Once you join the google classroom, you will see the zoom link posted in the announcement. Classes will begin July 5th to August 5th.
The Art of Filmmaking – Screening of Lao Short Films (June 12, 2021)
The Lao Heritage Foundation (LHF) is very excited to partner with Lan Xan Short Films, to virtually showcase five unique films from young aspiring Lao directors on June 12, 2021, at 9:00 EST. The five short films range from stories about friendship, family, and self discovery in the Lao cultural context. All of these films have been created and submitted by local Lao film makers and reflect the rich culture, skills, and perspectives of young artists in Laos. Join us to support and celebrate them. The event will feature the screening of five short films and a Q and A session with the directors. All films are subtitled in English. This is a free event and is open to the public. Reserve tickets today.
The film screening is part of a film and culture series hosted by the Lao Heritage Foundation as a service to the Lao community and supporters during this unprecedented time where we all need opportunities to celebrate and connect. We hope to offer various cultural events throughout the year.
Donations are highly appreciated and will benefit programs in Laos through LHF and the Lan Xang Shorts Program. We hope you are as excited as we are to celebrate these young aspiring creatives and look forward to seeing many familiar and new faces there!!!
About Lan Xang Shorts Program
‘LanXang Shorts’ is a Lao short film competition and festival held annually in Vientiane, the capital of Laos. ‘Lanxang’ means a million elephants. For its first inaugural competition in November of 2020, LanXang Shorts launched a short film competition as its core activity. In the following post-pandemic years, more activities will be added, such as talks, workshops, mentorship, and film screenings.
The short film competition consisted of two categories – one for professionals, and one for amateurs/new talents. The length of each film is between 7 – 15 minutes with no specific theme or genre. Each film was shot on various different devices. Submission was free of charge and open to Lao nationals only (or at least key crew members were required to be Lao).
The first objective of the festival is to introduce the festival to Lao people, specifically aspiring filmmakers to encourage and motivate new voices and expressions of art. The short film festival/short film competition has been absent in Laos for quite some time. In recent years, there were “ad hoc” sporadic short film competitions held to promote certain products, services or messages. The plan for ‘LanXang Shorts’ is to be an annual and official event, backed up by well-known filmmakers and officials to create a platform for young artists to learn from each other creating a community and exchange inspiration and ideas in the performances and arts.
The second goal is to generate more interest in filmmaking for young people, and to revive the interest of those who were previously aspiring to be filmmakers but have stopped due to the absence of support and a venue to showcase their work.
Finally, the hope is to establish ‘LanXang Shorts’ as a well-recognized short film festival both in Laos and overseas by highlighting unique Lao voices and artists. The program will consist of various activities such as filmmaking workshop, mentorship, talks, local and internal film screenings, in addition to the film competition. LanXang Shorts wants to discover and nurture young local Lao talents.
Experience Lao Culture: Preserving our Heritage through the Arts with LHF (March 6, 2021)
The event was divided into two parts. In the first part, LHF shared about our mission, vision, and work as well as about our future events for 2021. In the second part, LHF shared about Laos, its history, culture, and traditions. If you missed the presentation, you can watch it below as well as the video about LHF that was not included in the presentation. We want to thank Catzie Vilayphonh for making the LHF video for us.
Giving Tuesday (December 1, 2020)
LHF was able to meet our goal of raising $5,000 for our general funds to support various LHF programs through our Giving Tuesday campaign. We would not have been able to do it without each and everyone’s support through Gofundme, Facebook, Paypal and through mail. Thank you!!! Below are the links to both campaigns:
“Getting Lao’d” Virtual Screening (September 26, 2020)
LHF host a virtual screening of “Getting Lao’d a documentary by Dr. Steve Arounsack on September 26, 2020 in place of our annual gala. The first ever virtual event for LHF was a huge success. We were able to raised enough funds to cover the Luang Prabang summer camp program for the summer of 2021. We are grateful for Dr. Steve for allowing us to show the film and we are grateful to all of you for generosity and support. Special thanks to Aluna Thavonsouk, the executive producer of the film who joined our discussion panel from Laos. You can view the Q and A session with Dr. Steve Arounsack and Aluna Thavonsouk here. You can also read more about the film here.
Virtual Dance and Lao Language Classes by LHF (July 13-August 6, 2020)
Due to Covid-19, LHF cancelled all of our live events including all summer camps across the country. As a result, LHF decided to offer free virtual traditional Lao dance classes for beginners and intermediate/advance level students Monday to Thursday for a period of 4 weeks. Each class was an hour long. Students learned a new dance every two weeks. LHF also offered a beginner Lao conversation class in the evenings for 6 weeks. Both program was a huge success allowing many students and families to participate that did not have access to LHF’s program prior because there was not a program in the area where they live. LHF will continue to provide virtual classes in the summer to those are do not have access otherwise. Check our website and facebook pages for schedules for the summer of 2021.