Nyob Zoo Xyoo Tshiab! That means “Happy New Year” in Hmong. Join us as we bring in the new year! Come and enjoy delicious Hmong food, traditional dances, cultural shows, music, and much more. This year’s celebration event will be held on November 5, 2011 from 11:00am-10pm at the Fisher Pavilion at the Seattle Center (305 Harrison St., Seattle, WA 98109). The festival is FREE and open to the public. The Hmong Association of Washington is proud to host Tou SaiKo Lee from St. Paul, Minnesota as our Ethnic Arts Cultural Enhancement Fund artist this year. Tou is a spoken word artist, mentor, and hip-hop enthusiast. He has performed on stage with his brother as the duo, “Delicious Venom” and his hip-hop group, PosNoSys (Post Nomadic Syndrome). Additionally he enjoys collaborating with many other artists, including his grandmother, Youa Chang. An up and coming melodic hip-hop group that has aslo collaborated with Tou and will be making their way to Seattle from Sacramento, CA is The FamiLy. The members include James Mua, Peter Lao, and Viem Lo. This group draws their inspiration from their faith and their Hmong roots. HAW would also like to welcome Yami Lee to the Pacific Northwest. Yami is an aspiring artist who hopes to be the first Hmong-American mainstream singer. The evening portion of the event will include a concert by a local Hmong band, The Forever Band.