Festival Accès Asie

From May 5 to May 29 2022, the 27th edition of Festival Accès Asie will celebrate a new year of Asian arts and cultures in Montreal, showcasing a festive program during Canada’s Asian Heritage Month.

A discovery-filled season, from dance to visual arts as well as music, theatre, and culinary arts, with activities for people of all ages, for you, your family and friends.

Established in 1995, Festival Accès Asie is Canada’s longest continuously running Asian heritage arts festival. Festival Accès Asie is a Montreal-based arts festival that promotes Asian arts, cultures and histories through a diversity of artistic disciplines including the visual arts, dance, theatre, video, film, music, comedy, poetry, literature, performance, new media and culinary arts.

The 27th edition of the Festival Accès Asie will officially be held from May 5 to May 29 2022 and marks the return of the festival in its presential form, after two years of virtual events! Altogether, 19 events will take place throughout the month of May in various Montreal venues as well as online.

Opening Cocktail | Thursday, May 5 at 5 p.m. | Conseil des arts de Montréal (Free)

Fertile Land

Fertile Land

Fertile Land | Wednesday May 11 to Sunday June 12 2022 | Maison de la culture Côte-des-Neiges (Free)

Fertile Land invites you to explore the theme of cultural (up)rooting through a botanical, poetic, and delicate fantasy, organized by the online art gallery Artasiam and hosted by the Maison de la culture Côte-des-Neiges.

Asian Horror & Cynicism | May 7 to June 5 2022 | Maison de la culture Janine-Sutto (Free)

Asian Horror & Cynicism, at the Maison de la culture Janine-Sutto, invites the public to an alternative, dark, and macabre universe presented by three young artists.

OrigamiOrigami Workshop | May 5 to May 29 2022 | Online (Free)

Festival Accès Asie invites you to take part in this online Origami Workshop designed to offer some family fun from the comfort of your home. Japanese artists Yuki Isami and Little Rastin will guide you in creating your own paper sculptures.

Pendulum in the Mirror |Thursday, May 12 at 8 p.m. | Jeunesses Musicales du Canada ($20)

In a collaboration with Le Vivier, Pendulum in the Mirror invites you to (re)discover classical pieces by pioneering composers from Canada and Japan, showcasing a variety of tones and colors of instruments presented by the Ventapane duo (Martin Karlicek on the piano and Mana Shiraishi on the violin), along with mezzo-soprano Marie-Annick Béliveau.

Water and Dreams | Saturday, May 14 at 2 p.m. | OBORO (Free)

Water and Dreams is a meditative and participatory surround sound project by Lina Choi. It aims to deliver immersive sound with introspective audio and visual experiences that involve listening and reflecting. During her production stay at OBORO, Choi will experiment in rendering her stereo sound work immersive.

Festival Accès Asie

Photo: Pooja Chaudhary

Delight your taste buds!: Mongolian Cuisine | Sunday May 15 at 2 p.m. | Om Restaurant ($20)

Delight your taste buds! Festival Accès Asie presents a culinary and cultural mediation through Mongolian cuisine. In this workshop, Zolzaya Bold, director of the Association Mongolia Canada, will reveal Mongolian culture through its special cuisine and culinary delights.

Le sentier des rêves | Saturday May 21 starting at 8 a.m. (available for 24 hours) | Online (Free)

The Festival is pleased to offer another fun family activity. We invite you to discover Le sentier des rêves, a play produced by Théâtre Motus, which tells the story of Ashini, a young Innu boy who meets a Japanese girl called Ikari.

Od-Sor & Double Tigers | Thursday May 26 at 7:30 p.m. | Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique de Montréal ($20)

Come and discover the solo dance performance, Od-Sor, by dancer Misheel Ganbold, followed by the dance duo Naishi Wang and Claudia Chan Tak in their piece, Double Tigers. While these dancers have their own histories and perspectives, they share the same desire to confront through dance the imprint of the Chinese body in their movements.

On the Move: National Asian Heritage Celebration | Saturday May 28 at 8 p.m. (EST) | Online (Free)

For a second consecutive year, Festival Accès Asie is partnering with organizations from Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Edmonton for the On the Move: National Asian Heritage Celebration program. This unique program is designed to offer a national showcase to an Asian-Canadian artist from each city and, importantly, strengthen solidarity and unity between Asian art organizations and Asian artists across the country.

For more information visit: www.accesasie.com

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