Kollaboration Seattle to host fourth annual showcase of APA talent

Kollaboration Seattle will be hosting their fourth annual event, a 60s-themed evening on Sept. 21, 2013 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. Acoustic solo artist Agnes Ingarra, singer and songwriter Christian Kang, hip-hop dance team The Bosses, emcee Rogue Pinay, and spoken word artist Troy & Ariel will compete for a grand prize of $1,000 and the chance to be Seattle’s representative in Kollaboration Star — the national finale show in November where six winners from different Kollaboration cities will compete for the final $20,000 grand prize.

The Seattle show will also feature YouTube Sensation Jeremy Passion, hip-hop and R&B dance group PGBoyz, spoken word artist and 2012 winner of Kollaboration DC G Yamazawa, and last year’s Kollaboration Seattle Winner Ariel Yang. Seattle native YouTube stars The Fung Bros will host.

Sitting on the judge panel are Seattle Times’ Multimedia Editorial Writer and Columnist Thanh Tan, Speak to Persuade President and Executive Development Institute Co-founder Vanna Novak, DList Editor-in-Chief James Zachodni, International Choreographer and Dancer Terrence Spencer, and the Blue Scholars’ Prometheus Brown.

For over a decade, the Kollaboration movement has continued to empower and inspire Asian Pacific Islander American artists to pursue their dreams in mainstream media. Notable Kollaboration alumni who have been able to launch their careers since competing include Far East Movement, Dumbfoundead, Quest Crew, Jo Koy, David Choi, Clara C, and Kina Grannis. (end)

Tickets can be purchased through www.kollaborationseattle.org.

In partnership with Asian Counseling and Referral Services (ACRS), Kollaboration Seattle will run a ticket donation program. Purchased tickets or donation money designated for tickets purchases will be given to youth who otherwise are not able to attend the show. To donate, please contact Kollaboration Seattle Associate Director Truc Hang at Truc@KollaborationSeattle.org.

Kollaboration Seattle is a non-profit organization and University of Washington RSO dedicated to the promotion of a strong Asian and Pacific Islander presence in entertainment and media. Founded August 2000 in Los Angeles, Kollaboration has grown to 14 cities across North America. Through these shows, Kollaboration assists and raises awareness for other charitable causes. Detailed information is available at www.Kollaboration.org.

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