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21th edition

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Director's Message

May : officially Asian Heritage Month since 2001

For the 21th edition of the Festival Accès Asie, whose main objective is the promotion and dissemination of Asian cultural heritage in Montreal and more broadly in Canada, a new theme is launched from May 5th to 29th. (see more)

Visual Arts - Cinema - Dance - Literature - Music - New Medias

The 2016 edition of the oldest festival celebrating Asian Heritage Month in Canada will be offering no less that 20 events. A rich program that will showcase the talent of nearly forty Asian Canadian artists. We are proud to present four weeks of gatherings and cultural exchange to celebrate Asian culture!

2016 PROGRAM


Opening Cocktail 

Thursday May  5th, 2016 - 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Café du Monument-National , 1182, boulevard Saint-Laurent (Place-d’Armes or Saint-Laurent metro stations)

Free entrance

Musician Amir Amiri will play for this event the santur, a 72-string hammer dulcimer that lies at the heart of Persian classical music when performer Tanveer Alam will present an excerpt from the QuébéAsia dance performance series, fourth edition. Finally, Interstellaire II and Me Float will join us to brighten up the event with their image compositions and their sounds.

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Takemitsu Flute and guitar recital

Friday May 6th, 2016 -8:00 pm

Jeunesses musicales du Canada, 305 Avenue du Mont-Royal Est (Mont-Royal metro station)

20$

Specialists in Japanese music, Canadian guitarist Jérôme Ducharme and Japanese born flautist Yuki Isami, will commemorate the 20th anniversary of Takemitsu’s passing with a recital dedicated to his works. From 1974 until his final days, Takemitsu wrote many compositions for guitar, an instrument he was very passionate about.

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Opening exhibition Found

Saturday  May 7th, 2016 - 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Maison de la Culture Frontenac, Studio 1, 2550, rue Ontario Est (Frontenac metro station)

Free entrance

Event in collaboration with the maison de la culture Frontenac. Found is a two-person exhibition featuring photography, video and installation works by artists Aanchal Malhotra (India / New Delhi) and Margret Nielsen (Germany / Montreal). The exhibition will run from April 27th to June 4th, 2016.

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Meet the artists

Sunday May 8th, 2016 - 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Maison de la Culture Frontenac, Studio 1, 2550, rue Ontario Est (Frontenac metro station)

Free entrance


Spiritual Counsel Evening of silent films and live music

Thursday May 12th, 2016  - 9:00 pm Doors open at 8:00 pm

La Sala Rossa, 4848 Boulevard Saint-Laurent (Mont-Royal metro station)

10$

In collaboration with Atelier Céladon.  This special evening of music, dance and film will no doubt bring forth the spirits and allow us to tap into our spiritual connection. The incredible performances of the Japanese drumming group, Arashi Daiko, will start the evening off before we introduce two shorts and one feature length film, all silent films. A live performance of music especially composed for these projections will be simultaneously performed. Our musicians will base their performance on the visual score of each film, bringing together contemporary and historical modes of composition and improvisation.

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(c) Parisa Rajabian

Québéasia: 4th edition  and reading from the book Afghan et musulman. Le Québec m’a conquis 

May 13th to 15th 2016

Salle Custeau Le Gesù 1200, Rue Bleury (Place d'armes ou Place-des-Arts metro stations)

The collective QuébéAsia and the Festival of Accès Asie have joined to bring the public an exceptional celebration of the arts. The public will have the opportunity to meet and chat with the artists. The event includes a series of interactive activities, which showcase the diversity of Asian dance and of the arts at the festival.

There will also be a reading from the book Afghan et musulman. Le Québec m’a conquis by Zabi Enâyat-Zâ- da. Cowritten with Carolyne Jannard the book tells the intimate story of Zabi’ struggle to overcome cultural differences and to reconcile his two realities.

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Serendipity

Saturday May 14th, 2016 -  3:00 pm Doors open at 2:00 pm

MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) 3680, rue Jeanne-Mance (Place des Arts metro station)

Free entrance

Vidéographe and Festival Accès Asie are coming together to offer Serendipity, a project that spotlights the artistic potential of Asian-origin communities based in Montreal and Quebec. This encounter between sound artists and videographers seeks to develop new creations. Musician Huu Bac Quach and pianist Guillaume Martineau honoring us with their presence. Selected artists from the Autumn 2015 call for submissions will also join this special event, along with selected videomakers: Hadi Jamali, Ivetta Kang, Nathalie Lemoine, Daïchi Saïto and Paul Tom.

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Middle Eastern dance competition

Thursday May 19th, 2016 - 8:00 pm Doors open at 7:00 pm

Sala Rossa, 4848 boul Saint-Laurent (Laurier metro station)

10 $ on pre-sale. 15 $ at doors

The becoming traditional Middle Eastern dance competition of Festival Accès Asie is always a party! Presented by TD, this evening will be memorable!

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(c) Kiran Ambwani

Wind of Asia  5th edition

Outdoor event From Friday, May 20th to Sunday, 22nd, 2016

Friday, May 20th from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Saturday, May 21st from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm Sunday, May 22nd from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Les Jardins Gamelin (Berri-UQAM metro station)

Free entrance

In partnership with Quartier des spectacles, Festival Accès Asie is pleased to invite the public to a brand new edition of its outdoor event, Wind of Asia. Three days of music and dance await everyone at Les Jardins Gamelin in the heart of downtown Montreal.

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International component Perles d'Ailleurs

From Thursday, May 26th to Sunday 29th, 2016

The International component of Festival Accès Asie will contain three parts: Golestan, who get together with the dancer  Miriam Peretz and musicians  Efrén López and Bashir Faramarzi.  A meeting with the artists and a dance workshop with Miriam Peretz will complete the progam.

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20th edition: 20 years of Asia in Montreal!

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Director's Message

May : officially Asian Heritage Month since 2001

For the 20th anniversary of the Festival Accès Asie, whose main objective is the promotion and dissemination of Asian cultural heritage in Montreal and more broadly in Canada, a new theme is launched from May 1st to 24th : "20 years of Asia in Montreal!". (see more)

Culinary Arts - Literature - Music - Visual Arts - Dance - New Medias

Included
 in
 this
 anniversary edition
 are
 16 artistic
 events,
 many 
of
 which 
have
 been
 exclusively
 created
 for
 the
 Festival.

 To
 show 
its 
appreciation
 to
 Accès
 Asie
 artist
 members 
for
 their
 ongoing
 commitment
 to
 the
 development
 of
 the
 Festival
 over
 the
 years,
 five
 artists 
from
 the 
Festival’s 
Board
 were
 invited
 to
 create
 works
 for
 this 
year’s 
edition.

  Let’s
 wish
 ourselves
 another
 20
 beautiful
 years
 of
 exchange
 and
 discovery.

2015 PROGRAM


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Opening
 Cocktail 

Friday May 
1st,
 2015 -  5:00
‐
7:00
 PM

Café Monument-National (Scène Financière Sun Life), 1182, boulevard Saint-Laurent (Place-d’Armes ou Saint-Laurent metro stations)

Free entry

Armenian
 singer,
 Lady
 Sylva
 will
 present
 some
 of
 her
 songs
 and
 music
 along
 with
 a
 performance
 by
 Japanese
 Taiko
 drummers,
 Arashi
 Daiko.

 Japanese
 dancer,
 Rie
 Sasahara
 and
 her
 group
 perform
 live
 and
 VJ
 Pink
Rubber 
Lady
 will
 also 
be 
there
 with
 her 
image
compositions
 to
 accompany
 the
 evening's
performances.

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Opening
 of 
the Kaléidoscope
 exhibition 

Saturday May 2nd, 2015 - 2:00-5:00 PM

Maison de la Culture Plateau-Mont-Royal, 465, avenue Mont-Royal Est (Mont-Royal metro station)

Free entry

Exhibition of works by Kiran
 Ambwani
 and Florence
 So

Kaléidoscope gives
 the 
Festival
 a
 special
 opportunity
 to
 highlight
 the
 efforts
 of
 its
 Board
 members
 over
 the
 years
 and
 to
 thank
 them
 for
 their
 ongoing
 commitment.
 The 
Festival
 is
 honored
 to 
feature
 original
 works
 created
 by
 five
 Board
 members
 for
 this
 year’s
 anniversary
 program.

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20
 years 
of
 Festival
 Accès 
Asie Discussion
 +
 Book
 Launch
 of
Righting
 Canada’s
 wrongs
 
by
 Arlene 
Chan

Sunday 3rd, 2015 - 2:00-4:00 PM

Maison de la Culture Plateau-Mont-Royal, 465, avenue Mont-Royal Est (Mont-Royal metro station)

Free entry

An afternoon that will be rich in emotions, anecdotes, thoughts and pleasure around Khosro Berahmandi, Janet Lumb, Milton Tanaka, Kakim Goh and Cheryl Sim, in the presence of Kiran Ambwani artists and Florence So. They will testify to the changing perceptions in the Asian heritage.

In 
addition and
 to
 be 
part
 of
 a
 chapter 
in
 the
 history
 of
 the
 Chinese
 community in
 Canada: 
the 
launching 
of the
 most
 recent
 book
 from
 author Arlene
 Chan, 
Righting 
Canada’s
 Wrongs:
 the
 Chinese
 Head
 Tax
 and
 Anti‐Chinese
 Immigration
 Policies 
in 
the
 Twentieth
 Century.

 In
 her 
book,
 Chan
 relates 
the
 testimony
 of
 eight
 Chinese
 Canadians 
whose
 families
 were 
shaken
 by 
the 
Chinese
 head
 Tax,
 a
 discriminatory
 tax 
imposed
 on
 Chinese 
immigrants to
 Canada
 in
 1885

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Tashme 
Productions’ The
 Tashme
 Project :
 The 
Living
Archives  

May 7 to 17, 2015 - 8:00 PM

MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) 3680, rue Jeanne Mance (Place-des-Arts metro station)

25$ 
regular
 - 
20$
 reduced
 -  15$ 
group
 10 
and 
+ Tickets :
 514.982.3386

Presented
 by
 the
 MAI
 (Montréal, arts
 interculturels)
 in
 association
 with
 Playwrights’
 Workshop
 Montréal.
 Written
 and
 performed
 by
Japanese
 Canadian
 artists,
 Julie
 Tamiko
 Manning
and Matt
 Miwa,
 The 
Tashme
 Project
 :
 The
 Living
Archives
 is 
a
 deeply 
touching
 work
 that
 looks
 at
the
 forced
 internment
 of
 thousands
 of
 Japanese
 Canadians
 during
 World
 War
 II.

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Golestan 
d’Anatolie

Friday May  8, 2015 - 8:00 PM

Centre
 d’essai Université 
de 
Montréal
/
 Pavillon 
J.‐A.‐De Sève, 2332, 
boul. 
Édouard‐Montpetit,
  6th floor (Édouard‐Montpetit metro station)

20$

Inspiring
 encounter
 between
 Iranian
 and
 Turkish
 music. This
 concert will
 bring
 together
 Turkish
 musician
 Ismail
 Fencioglu and
 Iranian
 musicians,
 Reza
 Abaee,
 Pooria
 Pournazeri
 and
 Ziya
 Tabassian.
 These
 virtuoso
 artists
 will
 perform
 a
 unique
 mixture 
of
instrumental 
music
 and
 song
 repertoire
 from 
Anatolia
.

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Opening cocktail for
 the
 exhibitions
 Check points
 and
 The
State
 of
 Origin :
REEL 
&
 IMAGINED

Saturday 9, 2015 -  2:00-4:00 PM

Maison
 de
 la 
culture
 Côte‐des‐ Neiges
/
Gallery 
1
 & 
2 5290 ,
ch. 
de
 la
 Côte‐des‐Neiges (Côte‐des‐Neiges metro station)

Free entry


 In
 collaboration
 with
 the maison
 de
 la
 culture
 Côte‐des‐Neiges,
 will
 be 
inaugurating
 two
 exhibitions:
 “Checkpoints”
 and
 “The
 State
 of
 Origin:
 REEL
 &
IMAGINED”. Occupying
 two
 galleries
 on
 two
 floors,
 the 
exhibitions
 feature
 eight
 contemporary 
visual 
and
 performance
 artists
 originating
 from China,
 Sri
Lanka, 
Syria,
 Taiwan,
 Germany,
 India
 and
 Iran.

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Meet the artists

Sunday 17, 2015 - 2:00-4:00 PM

Maison
 de
 la 
culture
 Côte‐des‐ Neiges
/
Gallery 
1
 & 
2 5290 ,
ch. 
de
 la
 Côte‐des‐Neiges (Côte‐des‐Neiges metro station)

Free entry


Tibetan 
Culinary
 Arts

Sunday 10, 2015 - 12:00-3:00 PM

OM Restaurant,  4382, 
boul. 
Saint‐Laurent (Mont‐Royal metro station)

$30 
‐
 Reservation
 required 514.885.5075 Alcoholic
 drinks
 available
 for
 purchase

Renowned
 for 
its 
unique
 and
 generous
 cuisine 
that
 combines
Indian
 and
 Tibetan
 culinary
 savoir‐faire,
 OM
 restaurant
 invites
 the
 public
 to
 an
 exotic
 three‐course
 menu.
 In
 addition
 to
 tasting
 these
 delicious 
dishes,
 foodies 
will
 be
 able
 to
 participate
 in
 a
 Momo
 workshop
 offered
 by
 OM
 restaurant
 chef
 Yangchen
 Lhamo.
 What
 a
 fabulous
 way
 to
 take
 home
 a
 yummy
 Tibetan
 souvenir!

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The 
neck
 to
 fall 
by 
Ziyian 
Kwan
 and 
La 
synesthésie
 du
 dragon
 by
 Geneviève
 La 

May 14 to 17, 2015 - 7:30 PM (4:00 PM on May 17)

Studio 
Hydro‐Québec
 du
 Monument‐National, 1182,
boul. 
Saint‐Laurent (Saint‐Laurent 
or
 Place‐d’Armes metro stations) 23$ 
regular 
|
 21$ 
senior 
|
 19$
 reduced

In
 collaboration
 with
 Tangente,
 Festival
 Accès 
Asie 
is
 proud
 to
 present
 two
 contemporary
 dance 
 performance who promises
 to
 be
 an
 intensely
 creative
 experience! Multi‐sensory
 choreography or for
 the
 first
 time
 in
 the
 role
 of
 choreographer, these two artists with incredible talent will not leave you unmoved.

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Lady
 Sylva
 Album 
Launch

May 15 and 16, 2015 - 8:00 PM

Petit Outremont, 1248, rue Bernard Ouest (Outremont metro station)

25$ 
regular 
|
23$ 
senior
|
 17$ 
students

Le Petit
 Outremont welcomes 
the
 warm 
and
captivating
 sounds 
of Lady
 Sylva known
 also
 as
 Sylva
 Balassanian. She has been
 an
 indelible part
 of
 Montreal’s
 cultural
 scene for
 more
 than
 20
 years
 and
 has been
 composing
 her
 own
 music
 in
 recent
 years.

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Middle 
Eastern
 Dance 
Competition

Saturday  May 16, 2015 - 9:00 PM (doors
 open
 at 

8 :00
 PM )

Sala Rossa, 4848 boul Saint-Laurent (Laurier metro station)

10 $ in 
pre‐sale. 15 $ at the door

After 
its
 success 
in
 its
 2014
 edition,
 Festival
 Accès
 Asie
 is
 once
 again
 pleased
 to
 present
 the
 Middle‐Eastern
 Dance
 Competition, presented by TD. You
 are
 invited
 to 
join
 this
 celebration
 of
 dance,
 let
 your
body
 move
 to
 the
 music
 and
 dance
 the
 night
 away!

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The
 Thomas
 Wang
 Project by Cheryl 
Sim 

Friday 22, 2015 - 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM

Oboro, 4001 rue Berri #301 (Mont-Royal metro station)

5 $ - Tickets: (514) 844-3250

In
 collaboration 
with 
OBORO’s
 new
 media
 Lab,
 Festival
 Accès
 Asie
 presents
 The
 Thomas
 Wang
 Project, 
a
 media installation 
by
 artist 
Cheryl
 Sim.
 Infused
 with
 family
 memories, 
Sim’s
 new
 work
 pays
 tribute
 to
 Thomas
 Wang,
 the 
artist’s 
great‐uncle.

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Wind
 of
 Asia
 at
 he
 Quartier
 des Spectacles

May
 21st
 to
 23rd, 2015 - 12:00
‐
1:15 
PM (May
 21‐22) 4:45
‐
6:00 PM (May
 23) 2:30
‐
7:00
 PM

Place
 des 
Arts’
 emmarchement,
 as 
part 
of
 Ste‐Catherine
 Street
 animation + Church
 of
 the
 Gesù 1200,
Bleury (Place-des-Arts metro station)

Free entry

In
 collaboration
 with
 le
 Gesù
 and
 in
 coproduction
 with
 the
 Quartier
 des
 spectacles,
 Festival
 Accès
 Asie returns
 for
 a
 fourth
 year
 with
 its
 outdoor
 event
 Wind
 of
 Asia
 at
 the
 Quartier
 des 
spectacles. Ste‐Catherine
Street
 will
 be
 the 
site
 of
 an
 exciting
 celebration
 of
 Asian
 dance 
and 
music.

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Thank
 You
 Cocktail

Sunday 24, 2015 - 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Jacques‐Custeau
 Hall  Le 
Gesù,  1200,
rue 
Bleury (
Place‐des‐Arts
 or Place‐d’Armes metro stations)

Free entry

To
 officially
 close
 the
 20th
 Anniversary 
Edition
 of
 Festival
 Accès
 Asie,
 the
 Festiva 
will 
hold a
 Thank
 You
 Cocktail at
 the 
Church
 of
 the
 Gesù. We
 invite
 all
 of
 this 
year’s 
guests
 to 
join 
us 
in
 officially
 closing the rich
 and 
diverse 
cultural
exchange
 that
 is Festival 
Accès 
Asie 2015!

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19th edition : Earth of Asia, Dome of Montreal

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Director’s Message

May : officially Asian Heritage Month since 2001

As part of the 19th edition of the Festival, whose main objective is the promotion and dissemination of Asian cultural heritage in Montreal and more broadly in Canada, a new theme is launched from May 1st to 18th : "Earth of Asia, Dome of Montreal". (see more)

Films - Music - Visual Arts - Dance - New Medias - Culinary Arts

The 2014 edition of the oldest festival celebrating Asian Heritage Month in Canada will be offering no less that 11 events in 9 different locations. A rich program that will showcase the talent of nearly forty Asian Canadian artists.

 2014 PROGRAM


Jeen Doan

Opening Cocktail, Festival Accès Asie

Thursday May 1st, 2014, from 5pm to 7pm

Monument-National, Financière Sun Life Stage - 1182, St-Laurent blvd (Place-d’Armes or Saint-Laurent subway stations)

Free

Ziya Tabassian, the talented percussionist, and sarod virtuoso Aditya Verma will offer a performance fusing Indian and Persian music, and the inventive dancers Jenn Doan and Ted Strauss will present a short excerpt of their Iredea show.

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OBang

Opening of the Obang exhibition – The Harmony of Colours

Friday May 2nd, 2014, from 5pm to 7pm

Maison de la culture Frontenac - 2550, Ontario street east (Frontenac subway station)

Free

Exhibition of work by Jin Young Kim, Heeseung Ko, and Jihee Min

On the opening night, in collaboration with the Maison de la Culture Frontenac, Jihee Min will present an interactive performance during which she will invite the audience to create a piece with her that will express aninterpretation of colour as social identity and a metaphor for the struggles of visible minorities in the West.

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Iredea by Woo Me Myth - Contemporary dance

Saturday May 3rd, 2014, at 8:30 pm

Espace Aline-Letendre, Gesù church - 1202 Bleury street (Place-des-Arts or Place d’Armes subway stations)

$ 15 - Tickets : (514) 861-4036

Festival Accès Asie will immerse you into a universe of danced science fiction with dance rock opera Iredea by the Woo Me Myth company. Performance artists Jenn Doan, Ted Strauss, Mark Medrano and Maxine Segalowitz will perform in the splendid Gesù church.

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Iredea by Woo Me Myth - Contemporary dance

(to be confirmed)

Sunday May 4th, 2014, at 8:30 pm

Espace Aline-Letendre, Gesù church - 1202 Bleury street (Place-des-Arts or Place d’Armes subway stations)

$ 15 - Tickets : (514) 861-4036

Festival Accès Asie will immerse you into a universe of danced science fiction with dance rock opera Iredea by the Woo Me Myth company. Performance artists Jenn Doan, Ted Strauss, Mark Medrano and Maxine Segalowitz will perform in the splendid Gesù church.

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(video teaser)


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Raqs sharqi (belly dance) competition

Thursday May 8th, 2014, at 8pm (doors at 7:30)

Sala Rossa - 4848 Saint-Laurent boul. (Laurier subway station)

$10 in advance ; $15 at the door Tickets : (514) 885-5075

For its 19th edition, Festival Accès Asie is organizing a raqs sharqi (belly dance) competition, presented by TD. The Sala Rossa will host the Festival’s central event, in which twelve up-and-coming dancers from Montreal and its surroundings will perform solo and be judged by a jury composed of three professional dancers. A festive evening that should loosen your hips, arms and legs and make you want to dance!

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Khadija Baker

Don’t leave me... I am still alive by Khadija Baker

New media performance

Friday May 9th, 2014, at 5:30 pm

Oboro - 4001, Berri street #301 (Mont-Royal subway station)

$ 5 - Tickets : (514) 844-3250

In collaboration with OBORO, Festival Accès Asie will present the performance Don’t leave me... I am still alive by multidisciplinary artist Khadija Baker. OBORO centre will present a poetic and immersive multimedia piece that will take a look at the plight of children who are victims of violence in a context of civil war.

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Jo Fong

Meeting with the artist Jo Fong

Gathering of young Asian dancers of Montreal

Saturday May 10th, 2014, from 3pm to 5pm

MAI Café - 3680 Jeanne-Mance street (Sherbrooke or Place-des-Arts subway stations)

Limited places - By invitation

Festival Accès Asie in collaboration with Tangente is organizing a discussion between Welsh choreographer and performance artist Jo Fong and five choreographers of Asian origins who live in Montreal. In an educational effort to create a dynamic dialogue, the artists Jenn Doan, Geneviève La, Roger Sinha, Mariko Tanabe and Léa Tremblay-Fong will have the opportunity to exchange with their European colleague on various topics and shared interests.

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Restaurant Nonya

Indonesian culinary arts at Nonya restaurant

Sunday May 11th, 2014, at 6pm

Nonya restaurant - 151, Bernard street west (Beaubien subway station + bus 160 West OR Place-des-Arts subway station + bus 80 North)

$30 - Reservation is mandatory (Additional costs for alcohol) Reservation: (514) 885-5075

Festival Accès Asie is delighted to invite gourmets to a mouth-watering event! Nonya restaurant will offer an introduction to Indonesian culinary arts. With a three course meal, Ivan, the restaurant’s chef, will be delighted to introduce guests to all the rich flavours and colours of Indonesian fine dining.

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Projection films

Film screenings and discussions with the audience

Thursday May 15th, 2014, from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Salle d’Auteuil (Gesù) - 1200 Bleury street (Place-des-Arts subway station)

$10 per screening - Tickets : (514) 885-5075

Festival Accès Asie in collaboration with the Gesù presents an evening of film screenings relating to Asia followed by a discussion and a Q&A session with the audience.Three documentaries and one in situ dance film addressing various themes will be presented during this evening rich in discoveries and sharing.

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Golestan

Golestan : Regard Persan Trio & Aditya Verma

Friday May 16th, 2014, at 8pm

Moyse Hall, McGill University - 853 Sherbrooke street West (McGill subway station)

$ 25 - Tickets : (514) 885-5075

Festival Accès Asie invites you to the Golestan concert, an exciting encounter between the two ancient musical traditions of India and Iran. Meaning ‘garden of flowers’ in Persian, this show will feature Regard Persan trio and the great sarod player, Aditya Verma.

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Wind of Asia at Quartier des spectacles

Outdoor event

Saturday, May 17th, 2014, starting at 5:30 pm

Place des Festivals / Le Gesù - 1200 Bleury street (Place-des-Arts subway station)

Free

Festival Accès Asie, in collaboration with the Gesù, returns for a third year with its outdoor event, Wind of Asia, at Quartier des spectacles. Lebanese folklore dance troupe Layalina, taiko group Arashi Daiko and the Huu Bac String Trio will share the stage for a unique event.

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Glamboree

Glamboree Evening 2014 - Closing event

Sunday May 18th, 2014, at 8pm

Café l'Artère - 7000 Parc Avenue (Du Parc subway station)

$10 - Tickets : (514) 419-7798

To conclude its 19th edition, Festival Accès Asie in collaboration with GLAM Montreal, presents a colourful fundraising event aiming to support the LGBT Asian community of Montreal. A broad range of Asian artists from various disciplines will share the stage at Café l'Artère to celebrate diversity and creativity.

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18th edition : The Gesture of Sharing

May 2013 poster

Teaser:

La violence contre les femmes est une des violations des droits

And to see a teaser of our May events, please click on the image above.

Visit this  page, where we regularly post videos of interviews with artists or collaborators of this year's programming.

May: officially Asian Heritage Month since 2001

As part of the 18th edition of the Festival, whose main objective is the promotion and dissemination of Asian cultural heritage in Montreal and more broadly in Canada, a new theme is launched from May 2 to 19: "The Gesture of Sharing".

Come and find out what the Asian community has to offer in the arts! No less than thirty local and national artists of Asian origins will be featured in seven different Montreal venues, in multidisciplinary fields such as dance, music, theater, new media, films and even culinary arts ...

PROGRAM

You can read our programming here on this page but if you want to have a better overview of the marvellous surprises that we've prepared for you in May, please click here! N.B. : Please note that there is a mistake on the flyer : Éclats at MAI on Sunday the 5th is in fact at 3 pm. 


Charity Chan, pianist - Opening Cocktail

Opening Cocktail, Festival Accès Asie

Thursday May 2nd, 2013- 5:00 pm

MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels), 3680, Jeanne-Mance Street
(Place-des-Arts Metro, bus 80)

Free

Come join in the laughter & excitement as we launch the 18th edition of Festival Accès Asie! Enjoy belly dance by Marina Salonga and music by the pianist, Charity Chan, while savouring your cup of wine.

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Éclats - Danse Show

ÉCLATS - Vitrine Festival CanAsian

May 2nd to May 4th, 2013 -  8:00 pm
May 5th, 2013 -  3:00 pm

MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels), 3680, Jeanne-Mance Street
(Place-des-Arts Metro, bus 80)

22$ - 514 982-3386

In collaboration with Tangente and the MAI (Montreal, arts interculturels), Festival Accès Asie is delighted to present you ÉCLATS – Vitrine Festival Canasian featuring the three dancers Tomomi Morimoto, Meena Murugesan and William Yong. Don’t miss the discovery of these three vibrant choreographies about humanity, coloured by Asian undertones!

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Opening of Absence et présence by Verona Sorensen and Kakim Goh

Opening - Absence et présence

Friday May 3rd, 2013 - 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Maison de la culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal, 465, Mont-Royal East Ave
(Mont-Royal Metro)

Free

This premiere will unveil the works of artists Verona Sorensen’s and Kakim Goh’s creations, which are inspired by the concepts of absence and presence. Komang Swijani will entertain you with a Balinese dance piece. The exhibition Absence et présence will continue until June 2nd, 2013.

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Amin by Shain Parhami

Screening of Amin by Shahin Parhami

Saturday May 4th, 2013 - 7:30 pm

Gesù, Centre de créativité, 1200, de Bleury Street (Place-des-Arts Metro)

English subtitles

7$ - 514 885 5075

Using a unique approach to documentary storytelling, Amin is about the musical tradition of the Qashqai, a nomadic tribe in Iran. The film’s storyline is the struggle of a man to preserve this musical tradition. The screening will be followed by a period of questions with the film director, Shahin Parhami.

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Byblos, le Petit Café, Arts culinaires iraniens

Iranian Culinary Arts

Thursday May 9th, 2013 - 6:00 pm

Byblos, Le petit café, 1499, Laurier East Ave
(Laurier Metro)

25$ - Reservation required with Accès Asie 514 885 5075 or info@accesasie.com

Menu for the evening... Appetizer: An Iranian cooking workshop. Main course: A delicious and complete Iranian meal. Dessert: Historical anecdotes on Persian food culture. Don’t miss this excursion into the land of A Thousand and One Nights!

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Ila Firouzabadi and Payam Mofidi- New Media Performance - Image :  La violence contre les femmes est une des violations des droits

New Media Performance

Friday May 10th, 2013  - 7:00 pm

OBORO, 4001, Berri Street, #200
(Sherbrooke Metro)

10$ - 514 844-3250

In collaboration with OBORO, Festival Accès Asie presents the new media performance "The sea. Smiles from far off. Teeth of foam. Lips of sky", Lorca, by Iranian artists Ila Firouzabadi and Payam Mofidi. This artistic experience about the war will certainly provoke the core of your being.

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Kiran Hedge - North Indian Classical Music

North Indian Classical Music

Saturday May 11th, 2013 - 8:00 pm

Auditorium of La Grande Bibliothèque (BAnQ), 475, De Maisonneuve East Blvd
(Berri Metro)

20$ - Check with accesasie.com or 514 885 5075

Come and enjoy a Hindustani concert with the highly accomplished bansuri (Indian flute) player Kiran Chandrashekhar Hegde, who has won many awards, accompanied by the very talented Shawn Mativetsky on tabla.

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Discussion With The Artists Kakim Goh et Verona Sorensen

Discussion With The Artists

Sunday May 12th, 2013 - 3:00 pm

Maison de la culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal, 465, Mont-Royal East Ave
(Mont-Royal Metro)

Free

The two artists, Verona Sorensen and Kakim Goh, from the exhibition Absence et présence, which will be held until June 2nd, will engage an open discussion with the public about their work in a questions, exchanges and answers session.

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Houman Zolfaghari and Charity Chan - Miroir-Lune

Miroir-Lune - Poetry of words, poetry of sounds

Thursday May 16th, 2013 - 8:00 pm

Maison de la culture du Plateau Mont-Royal, 465, Mont-Royal East Ave
(Mont-Royal Metro)

Free - Please contact the maison de la culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal (514 872-2266) or Festival Accès Asie (514 885 5075) for passes.

Take a musical and poetic journey into the heart of Asia, through the words of Houman Zolfaghari and the musical notes of Charity Chan.

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Danse X - world tour

Dance X , Montreal – Tokyo – Busan Tour

May 17th and 18th, 2013 - 7:30 pm
May 19th, 2013 -  4:00 pm

Studio Hydro-Québec's Monument National, 1182, Saint-Laurent Blvd
(Saint-Laurent Metro)

20$ - Admission network or 514.871.2224

In collaboration with Tangente, Festival Accès Asie presents this world tour of Helen Simoneau (Montreal), Teita Iwabuchi & Kaori Seki (Tokyo), and by Su Hyun Kim / Pan (Busan). Do not miss the fabulous duets of Dance X that will take you beyond words by unveiling new dimensions.

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Closing event of the Festival with Marina Salonga and Panama ng LuzViMinda

Closing of the Festival

Saturday May 18th, 2013 - 5:30 pm

Place des Festivals, Quartier des spectacles
(Place-des-Arts Metro)

Free - Outdoor event

For the closing celebrations of its 18th edition, Festival Accès Asie is delighted to collaborate, for the second consecutive year, with the Quartier des spectacles and Le Gesù, to present the seasoned professional belly dancer Marina Salonga and the impressive Pamana ng LuzViMinda Filipino folkloric dance company.

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Du 2 au 28 mai 2017