Festival Accès Asie is proud to launch its 20th Anniversary Edition at an Opening Cocktail at the Café du Monument‐National on May 1 from 5:00‐7:00 pm. The public is invited to celebrate the unveiling of this year’s 20th Anniversary program of performances and exhibitions.
Asian Heritage Month also kicks off in May across Canada so we invite everyone to raise a toast with us on this very special occasion.
The 20th Anniversary Opening Cocktail will showcase some of this year’s dance, music, song and video projection artists. 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.
Khosro Berahmandi, General Manager and Artistic Director of Festival Accès Asie, and his dynamic team will host the evening and invite everyone to discover what’s on offer at this 20th Anniversary Edition.
Created in 1983 by members of the Montreal Japanese community, Arashi Daiko has evolved through the different cultures of its members driven by its founding mission to be a dynamic band sharing the exciting Japanese form of expression that is Taiko with as many people as possible. In 2013, the band celebrated its 30th anniversary and created their widely acclaimed show Wa.
Armenian by descent, Lebanese by birth, graduated from France and adopted by Montreal, Lady Sylva has been performing since the age of 15 with Aznavour, Moustaki, Bécaud, Ferrat, and Claude Léveillée all over the world. Sylva Balassanian, her real name, offers a world of sounds, displaying a mixture of her eastern and western influences.
Born in Japan, Rie Sasahara has been a dancer since childhood and continues to express a deep desire to go beyond. After her studies in Tokyo and Turkey, she settled in Montreal in 2004 joining local dance groups, offering oriental dance courses and performing in various events. She has a graceful style that merges oriental dance with a Japanese influence.
Florence So is a VJ, film maker and computer engineer working in Montreal. She creates live video mixes for a wide range of popular and alternative events. She brings together visual arts and narrative elements to explore human behavior and psychology. She is involved in diverse and multidisciplinary projects and her films are widely shown in festivals, on television and online.
Arashi Daiko ‐ Taiko group
Lady Sylva ‐ Writer‐Composer‐Performer
Rie Sasahara ‐ Dancer
Florence So aka VJ Pink Rubber Lady ‐ Video maker