Events: The Tiki Times

The Tiki Times

Check out our calendar for all the major events across the world of Tiki culture, updated continually throughout the year. We’ll also keep you posted on many worldwide gatherings for fans of rum, lowbrow and mid-century modern art, surf and rockabilly music, plus some Disney events and anything of general interest to the Tiki community.
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2024 EVENTS CALENDAR
Updated July 15, 2024
For the latest updates, please check the links below or contact the venue with specific questions and concerns. Be sure to contact us with official updates and additional events. Mahalo!
PAST EVENTS: Recap of 2024 happenings, photos and artwork

ONLINE EVENTS CALENDAR

Fridays – Spike’s Breezeway Cocktail Hour hosted by Matt “Spike” Marble of The Hula Girls. Pre-parties on Instagram Live, episodes on YouTube.

Other recommended YouTube channels
* Inside the Desert Oasis Room | Tiki Hunting | Tiki With Ray | BossaNova Life | RadioActiveTiki

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LIVE EVENTS CALENDAR

Note: Event dates are subject to change; check with the venue to confirm.

ONGOING EVENTS

Through Aug. 26 – Intriguing Idols & Enchanting Exotica: The Age of Tiki in Postwar America exhibit in Huntington, N.Y.

Ongoing – Jungle Queen Tropical Island dinner show in Fort Lauderdale.

Ongoing – Polynesian Fire luau and dinner show in Myrtle Beach, Daytona Beach, and Orlando.

Monthly – Aloha Fair in Huntington Beach, Calif.

Monthly – HardCore Tiki MarketPlace at The Bamboo Club in Long Beach, Calif.

Monthly – Surfin’ Sundays in Huntington Beach, Calif.

Monthly – Unsteady Freddie’s Surf-Rock Shindig at Otto’s Shrunken Head in New York City.

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LIVE SPECIAL EVENTS

July 17 – Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room with writer and animator Ken Bruce at the Los Angeles Breakfast Club.
Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room with writer and animator Ken Bruce

July 18 – Jamaica Rum Festival in Montego Bay.
* Jamaica Rum Festival rocks with Reggae Sumfest onboard (The Gleaner)

July 20-21 – Ho’olaule’a in Lawndale, Calif.

July 21-26 – Tales of the Cocktail and Spirted Awards in New Orleans.

July 24 – Tiki Bingo at Kaona Room in Miami, hosted by the Fraternal Order of Moai, Gumbo Limbo Chapter.

July 26-28 – Surf Guitar 101 Festival Weekender in Long Beach, Calif.
Surf Guitar 101 Festival Weekender

July 27 – Grumpy’s Big Kahuna Bash in Minneapolis, Minn.
Grumpy's Big Kahuna Bash

July 28 – Lowbrow Aloha art show and sale at Hala Kahiki near Chicago.

July 31-Aug. 4 – Tiki Oasis in San Diego, Calif.
Tiki Oasis

Aug. 14-16 – Panama Rum Fest in Bella Vista, Panama City.

Aug. 14-18 – Key West Rum Festival in Florida.

Aug. 16-18 – Hi-Tide Summer Holiday in Asbury Park, N.J.
Hi-Tide Summer Holiday

Aug. 17 – Brooklyn Rum Festival

Aug. 23-24 – Castaway with the Luau Lads in Jacksonville, Fla.

Aug. 23-25 – Rockaway Beach Surf Music Festival in New York City.

Aug. 23-25 – Tiki in Waikiki in Honolulu.
Tiki in Waikiki

Aug. 23-25 – Trader Vic’s 90th Anniversary 3-Day Weekend in Emeryville, Calif.
Trader Vic's 90th Anniversary 3-Day Weekend

Aug. 29 – Los Angeles Rum Festival.

Aug. 31-Sept. 1 – German Rum Festival in Berlin.

Aug. 31-Sept. 1 – San Francisco Rum Festival & Congress.

Sept. 1 – Total Tikiyaki Takeover in Newport Beach, Calif.
Total Tikiyaki Takeover

Sept. 6-8 – Beachcomber Bash in Ocean Shores, Wash.
Beachcomber Bash

Sept. 3-5 and 8-10 – Tiki by the Sea in Wildwood, N.J.

Sept. 7 – Scottish Rum Festival in Edinburgh.

Sept. 8 – TikiLand Day at Disneyland

Sept. 14 – Makahiki: A Night of Tiki at The Inferno Room in Indianapolis, Ind.
Makahiki: A Night of Tiki

Sept. 14 – Yul Rum Fest in Montreal

Sept. 18-20 – Festival El Ron de Cuba in Varadero.
* Cuba’s Rum Festival to be held in Varadero (Latin American News Agency)

Sept. 16-22 – Boston Rum Week

Sept. 20-21 – Vienna Rum Festival in Austria.

Sept. 28 – Southern Surf StompFest in Avondale Estates, Ga.

Oct. 3-5 – Tiki Fever at the Bahi Hut and Golden Host Resort in Sarasota, Fla.
Tiki Fever 2024

Oct. 3-6 – Circa Caliente in Palm Springs, Calif.
Circa Caliente

Oct. 5 – Taste of Tahiti in Murrieta, Calif.

Oct. 5-6 – Salon du Rhum in Belgium.

Oct. 6 – Wiki Wiki Vintage Collectibles & Hawaiiana Show in Honolulu.

Oct. 9-13 – London Rum Week and The UK RumFest.

Oct. 12 – Edinburgh Gin & Rum Festival in the United Kingdom.

Oct. 12 – Superstition Village Tiki Marketplace in Phoenix, Ariz.

Oct. 24-27 – Modernism Week Fall Preview in Palm Springs, Calif.

Oct. 19-26 – Spike’s Breezeway Cocktail Cruise, departing from Miami.

Oct. 26 – Hulaween Tiki Party at Trader Vic’s in Atlanta.

Oct. 28-31 – The Barbados Rum Experience

Nov. 12-16 – St Barth Rum Festival and Caribbean Rum Awards

Nov. 1-2 – BorderShop Rum & Whiskey Festival in Denmark.

Nov. 1-2 – Danish Rum and Whisky Festival in Denmark.

Nov. 8-10 – Miami Rum Renaissance Festival in Coral Gables.

Nov. 9 – Rockabillaque Charleston in South Carolina.

Nov. 10 – Slack Key Festival in Seattle.

Nov. 22-24 – Mexotika Weekend in La Paz, Mexico.
Mexotika Weekend

Nov. 24 – Wiki Wiki Vintage Collectibles & Hawaiiana Show in Honolulu.

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2024 PAST EVENTS

Jan 19-21 – Inuhele: Atlanta’s Tiki Weekend
* Inuhele Brings a Celebration of Tiki to Atlanta (Paste)

Jan. 20 – Coconut Grove Rum Festival in Miami.

Jan. 20 – Rockabillaque Florida at the Seminole Casino Hotel in Immokalee.
Rockabillaque Florida

Jan. 27 – The Original Tiki Market Place 12th anniversary show in Garden Grove, Calif.

Feb. 3 – Endless Winter Surf Fest in Long Beach, Calif.

Feb. 6-11 – Hopetown Music & Rum Festival in the Bahamas.

Feb. 9-11 – Miami Rum Congress at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

In year 5, Miami Rum Congress matures into more complex and accessible spirits event
In year 5, Miami Rum Congress matures into more complex and accessible spirits event
By moving to a major convention center on South Beach and expanding its scope, the event showed potential for an expanded audience.
Social media recap: Photos, coverage of Miami Rum Congress events

Feb. 10 – Chinese New Year with Tikiyaki Orchestra and Pollo Del Mar in Long Beach, Calif.

Feb. 13-15 – International Rum Summit in Paris.

Feb. 17 – Yul Rum Fest in Montreal.

Feb. 23 – Art of Tiki Cocktail Showdown at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival.

Mai-Kai manager Kern Mattei mixes up his Gula Melaka Swizzle, assisted by Molokai Bar server Claudia Marmolejo, at the Art of Tiki event on Feb. 23 during the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. The drink was served to the judges in a new Tiki Farm mug (designed by Donella Vitale) that will be available when the restaurant reopens this summer. (Photo provided by Kern Mattei / Screen shot: BizBash.com)
The Mai-Kai returns to the Art of Tiki at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival

Feb. 15-25 – Modernism Week in Palm Springs, Calif.
Modernism Week

March 3 – Adventureland Day at Disneyland in Anaheim.
* Adventureland Day strikes at Disneyland (WDW News Today)

March 3 – Adventureland Day at Disney World in Orlando.

March 4-14 – Rum Renaissance Caribbean Cruise, departing from Fort Lauderdale.

March 9 – Cocoa Reggae & Rum Festival in Florida.

March 9 – The Original Tiki Market Place in Garden Grove, Calif.

March 9 – Taste of Rum festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

March 10 – Mermaid’s Day at Disneyland.

March 16 – Texas Rum Festival in Dallas.
Texas Rum Festiva

March 16-17 – Arizona Aloha Festival at Tempe Beach Park.

March 22-24 – Louisiana Tiki Fest in Baton Rouge.

March 31 – Alohana in Palm Springs.

April 5-7 – Tiki-a-Go-Go in Orlando, Fla.

Tiki-a-Go-Go

Photos, video: The first Tiki-a-Go-Go is a retro roadtrip through mid-century culture, appreciation
The first Tiki-a-Go-Go is a retro roadtrip through mid-century culture, appreciation
The April 5-7 event was a trip back in time, taking guests on a rollicking ride through mid-century Florida theme parks, Tiki bars, and other retro touchstones.
>>> PHOTOS, VIDEO FROM SOCIAL MEDIA
Event preview: Tiki-a-Go-Go looks to the past for a fresh take on the modern weekender

Don the Beachcomber announces new bar concept, three upcoming locations in Florida
Don the Beachcomber announces new bar concept, three upcoming locations in Florida
Everything you need to know about the expansion of the iconic restaurant brand, including a full recap and photos from Tiki-a-Go-Go in Orlando, plus new renderings and info on the new sites.
* Full coverage of Tiki-a-Go-Go presentation

The Mai-Kai reveals new images, plans for restoration at Orlando event, continues $15M project (April 2024 update)
EXCLUSIVE: The Mai-Kai reveals new images, plans for restoration at Orlando event, continues $15M project (April 2024 update)
Full coverage of the panel discussion at Tiki-a-Go-Go, including new photos and renderings of plans for the reimagination of the entry experience at the historic restaurant.
Tiki-a-Go-Go: Panel discussion overview

April 6-7 – So-Rhum Rum Festival in Bordeaux, France.

April 7 – Lowbrow Aloha art show and sale at Hala Kahiki near Chicago.

April 7 – Magical Tiki Meet Up at Walt Disney World.

April 13 – Oslo Rum Festival in Norway.

April 13 and 18 – The Donn of Tiki premiere during the Florida Film Festival at the Enzian Theatre in Maitland.
* The Donn of Tiki honored after world premiere at Florida Film Festival (The Atomic Grog)
* The Donn Of Tiki: How 2D and stop-motion animation elevate this documentary about the creator of Tiki culture (Cartoon Brew)

April 20 – Chicago Rum Festival.
Chicago Rum Festival

April 16-21 – Madeira Rum Festival

April 18-21 – Viva Las Vegas rockabilly weekend.

April 25-27 – Women Leading Rum Europe Conference in Madrid.

April 25-28 – Arizona Tiki Oasis in Scottsdale.
Arizona Tiki Oasis

April 26 – Spain Rum and Gin Expo in Madrid.

April 26-28 – Mai Tai Mayhem in Richfield, Ohio.

April 27 – Floridania Fest – The Florida Memorabilia Show in Gulfport, Fla.

April 29 – Cthu-luau at Kowloon in Saugus, Mass.
Cthu-luau

May 2-5 – Tiki Caliente in Palm Springs, Calif.
Tiki Caliente

May 4-5 – Twangstock surf music festival at Otto’s Shrunken Head in New York City.
Twangstock

May 4-6 – Rhum Fest Paris.

May 6-8 – Tiki in the Desert in Las Vegas.

May 10-11 – Surf O Rama Festival in Valencia, Spain.
Surf O Rama Festival 2024

May 11 – Stockholm Rum Fest in Sweden.

May 15 – Tiki Bingo at Kaona Room in Miami.

May 18 – Spring Fling at Hidden Harbor in Pittsburgh.
Spring Fling

May 18 – Tampa Bay Rum Experience.

May 18 – Tiki Flea 13 at Tiki Underground in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

May 24-25 – Gin & Rum Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland.

May 25 – Bourbon Bill’s Tiki Escape in Jacksonville, Fla.

May 26 – Mermaid’s Day at Walt Disney World.

May 30 – The Donn of Tiki screening at the San Francisco Documentary Festival.

June 6-9 – The Hukilau in Pompano Beach, Fla.

The Hukilau highlights: Photos and memories from 2024 Tiki weekender in South Florida
The Hukilau highlights: Photos and memories from 2024 Tiki weekender in South Florida NEW
Check out The Atomic Grog’s deep dive into all the fun at the Beachcomber Resort and sneak peek at The Mai-Kai, including our favorite moments from throughout the four-day Tiki weekender.
>>> PHOTOS, VIDEO & COMPREHENSIVE RECAP
Direct links: The music | Presentations & classes (Beachbum Berry & David Wondrich | Matt Pietrek | Will Anders)
Photos: Exclusive tours of The Mai-Kai | More Hukilau photos
* Bars & cocktails | Bonus recipes: Tropical-Messiah | Once A Villager
More on Spotify: Playlist of performing bands

The Hukilau 2024: Live coverage, photos and video from social media
The Hukilau 2024: Live coverage, photos and video from social media
For the 22nd time, Tiki enthusiasts enjoyed a long weekend full of surf and exotica music, expert symposiums, artists and vendors, world-class cocktails, and much more.
>>> SEE VIDEO, PHOTOS FROM SOCIAL MEDIA
Direct links: Pool party & bands | Symposiums & cocktails | Bungalow parties | Miscellaneous fun | Mai-Kai tours | Hangover party
More on YouTube: Live videos of six of the performing bands

Exclusive photos: Inside the Molokai Bar and tour of The Mai-Kai restoration
EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Inside the Molokai Bar and tour of The Mai-Kai restoration NEW
Guests of The Hukilau got a rare look at the renovated and reimagined areas of the historic restaurant in June 2024.
>>> NEW PHOTOS AND RECAP OF THE TOURS

June 7 – Glasgow Rum Festival in the United Kingdom.

June 7-9 – Pan-Pacific Festival in Honolulu.

June 8 – New York Rum Festival & Congress in New York City.

June 8-9 – Bordeaux Rum Festival in France.

June 8-9 – Exotikon music and arts festival in Los Angeles.

June 10-16 – Dallas Tiki Week

June 12 – Tiki Bingo at the Kaona Room in Miami.

June 15 – The Original Tiki Market Place in Garden Grove, Calif.

June 15 – Tiki Inferno in New Boston, Mich.
Tiki Inferno

June 17-22 – Tiki Week: A Celebration of Disney Polynesian Culture in Sacramento, Calif.
Tiki Week: A Celebration of Disney Polynesian Culture

June 20-22 – Oslo Tiki Weekend in Norway.

June 20-23 – Surfer Joe Summer Festival in Livorno, Italy.
VIDEO: Watch the live streams on YouTube

June 21 – The Bash, a swingin’ rockabilly weekender in Garden Grove, CA.

June 21-22 – Rum Love Festival in Wroclaw, Poland.

June 21-23 – The BASH: A Swingin’ Rockabilly Weekender in Garden Grove, Calif.
The BASH: A Swingin' Rockabilly Weekender

June 21-23 – Bottoms Up – A Midcentury Barware Show in Lancaster, Ohio.
* Local Irish pub transforming into famous Kahiki Supper Club for one weekend only

June 22 – Tiki Night at The Adventurers’ Club of Los Angeles

June 28 – The Donn of Tiki screening at the Dances with Films festival in Hollywood, Calif.

June 27-30 – Ohana: Luau At The Lake at The Tiki Resort, Lake George, N.Y.
Ohana: Luau At The Lake

June 29 – Birmingham Rum Festival in the UK.

July 5-6 – Rum Show in London.

July 9 – Orlando Tiki Fest.
Orlando Tiki Fest

July 10-14 – Piña Colada Day celebration at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
* Caribe Hilton celebrates 70th anniversary of the Piña Colada (News is My Business)

July 13 – Manchester Rum Festival in the UK.

July 14 – Atomic Tiki Bazaar at Max’s South Seas Hideaway in Grand Rapids, Mich.

July 14 – The Road to Tiki Week Dinner featuring Matt Pietrek in Mobile, Ala.

July 14 – Stratford Gin & Rum Festival in the UK.

July 14 – Wiki Wiki Vintage Collectibles & Hawaiiana Show in Honolulu.

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The Year in Tiki 2023: A look back at the top events in photos, video

2023 EVENTS ARCHIVE

Recap all the year’s top events – from Inuhele to The Hukilau to Exotikon to Tiki Oasis, plus many more – in our annual review featuring photos, video and social media posts.

Top 10 stories of 2023: Tiki resurgence and appreciation breathes life into year marked by loss
Top 10 stories of 2023: Tiki resurgence and appreciation breathes life into year marked by loss
Take a look back at last year’s most significant news, including legends lost, honored and revived.
Bonus cocktail recipes: Beachcomber Punch | Ray’s Mystique

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The Tiki Times: The Year in Tiki 2022

2022 EVENTS ARCHIVE

While the COVID pandemic is by no means a thing of the past, the Tiki events circuit was back to almost full capcity in 2022. Recap the year’s top happenings, including official artwork and links plus photos and video.

Top 10 Tiki stories of 2022 include legends lost, hope for the future
Top 10 Tiki stories of 2022 include legends lost, hope for the future
Join us in paying tribute to the influential figures we lost and reflect on their great impact. Let’s also give thanks for the positive news that made it into our annual list of the most impactful stories of the year.
Bonus cocktail recipes: Harry Yee’s Tropical Itch | Stephen Remsberg’s Planter’s Punch

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The Tiki Times: The Year in Tiki 2021

2021 EVENTS ARCHIVE

We started to turn the coronavirus corner in 2021, with many events returning to a live format. Recap the year’s top happenings, including official artwork and links plus photos and video.

The Mai-Kai sale, Oceanic Arts closing among top Tiki stories of 2021
The Mai-Kai sale, Oceanic Arts closing among top Tiki stories of 2021
It was a landmark year thanks to all the talented people in the Tiki community.

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The Tiki Times: The Year in Tiki 2020

2020 EVENTS ARCHIVE

It was a year we’d rather forget, but there were still many cool events, both virtual and in-person. Take a look back at the top happenings, featuring artwork and links plus photos and video.

Year in the rearview: The Top 9 Tiki stories of 2020
Year in the rearview: The Top 9 Tiki stories of 2020
Not all the news was negative in a year many would rather forget. See The Atomic Grog’s picks for the news highlights of 2020.

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The Tiki Times: The Year in Tiki 2019

2019 EVENTS ARCHIVE

Check out photos and video plus links and coverage of top happenings around the globe, including Miami Rum Congress, Inuhele in Atlanta, Arizona Tiki Oasis, Tiki Caliente in Palm Springs, Miami Rum Renaissance Festival, The Hukilau in Fort Lauderdale, Tiki Kon in Portland, the Surf Guitar 101 Convention in California, Tiki Oasis in San Diego, the Hi-Tide Summer Holiday: Asbury Park, plus many more!

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The Tiki Times: The Year in Tiki 2018

2018 EVENTS ARCHIVE

In 2018, The Atomic Grog consolidated previous news and events coverage into a comprehensive 12-month calendar. We’ve archived this full year of coverage for posterity.

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The Tiki Times: Tiki Oasis 2017

2016-2017 NEWS & EVENTS ARCHIVE

In 2016 and 2017, we covered many of the major Tiki events across the country, featuring photos and social media coverage along with the latest news in the Week in Tiki (later the Month in Tiki).

January 2016: New Tikis to rise at The Mai-Kai, Lost Lake honored, Smuggler’s Cove book release, Tiki in South Beach, plus more!

January 2016: The Mai-Kai mugs and history book, The Art of Tiki updates, Shag events and art, plus more!

February 2016: Aloha to 5 new Tiki bars across the U.S., Shag at Modernism Week, Plantation Pineapple rum, plus more!

February 2016: Rum and Tiki event roundup, new Tiki bars in D.C., S.F., photos and event recaps

March 2016: Trader Vic’s Portland closes, The Hukilau and more event updates

March 2016:
Lost Lake fire and more Tiki bar news, event previews, Lemon Hart rum returning?

April 2016: The Hukilau, Tiki Caliente and more upcoming events; Miami fest’s award-winning rums; Tiki bar openings and closings, and more!

April 2016: New Beachbum Berry glassware, ‘Sippin’ Safari’ 10-year anniversary edition; plus event and Tiki bar news, more!

May 2016: Recap Tiki Caliente; preview Tiki Kon, Tales of the Cocktail and Tiki Oasis; plus Tiki bar news and more!

February 2017: Bar openings and closings, cocktail competitions, Modernism Week

March 2017: Shag art shows, Tiki bars and festivals, surf rock and more

April 2017: Surf and rockabilly, Miami Rum Festival, Chicago Area Tiki Tour

May 2017: Tiki Caliente and lots more summer kickoff parties

June 2017: Summer season heats up with The Hukilau, Ohana: Luau At The Lake, Tiki Kon and more

July 2017: Tales of the Cocktail takes over

August 2017: Tiki Oasis, surf guitar and hot summer events

September 2017: Texas goes Tiki, Deep South surf rock, rum fests from coast to coast

October 2017: Historic art show in L.A., world’s biggest rumfest in London, Circa Caliente in Palm Springs, Halloween happenings

November 2017: Rum fests, bar tours and art shows across the globe

December 2017: Spirited holiday happenings in California and beyond

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2015 NEWS ARCHIVE

Thoroughout 2015, The Atomic Grog spotlighted the latest news and information on the Polynesian Pop revival and the wide world of retro-themed entertainment. We reviewed and recapped events held every week of the year. This feature, originally known as The Week in Tiki, covered all the major happenings across the world, with a focus on our home base, Florida and the U.S. East Coast.

The Year in Tiki 2015

The Year in Tiki 2015
Legends lost, but revival becomes renaissance with new bars, music, art and more

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Minimalist Tiki

5 Replies to “Events: The Tiki Times”

  1. Aloha… In your calendar I didn’t see the Original Tiki market Place listed? Our next event is this Saturday September 8th and also happens to be the 54th Tiki Market Place since we started in January of 2012.

  2. To tell the truth, now I am in Hawaii and most of the time I lead a slightly passive lifestyle. Frankly, now I want to try something new and bring a little bit variety in my leisure. I think that this article is like a sign from the universe that I need to have fun. I’m so happy that I read your selection of so many amusing fascinating events in a lot of different places. It may sound frankly, but I really like drinking some unusual and varied cocktails. It is my passion and some way to relax. I try to experiment and drink some new ones. Also, I even create cocktails myself. Because of this fact I will definitely visit Tiki in Waikiki in Honolulu. I think it is a great opportunity to unwind and reboot from routine. Likewise, I adore live music because it provides you with a special unforgettable atmosphere, which you can’t feel listening to music with the aid of some electrical devices. Also, I think it is a great chance to make new contacts.

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