Festival Accès Asie, in collaboration with the partenariat du Quartier des spectacles and the City of Montreal 375th anniversary celebrations, is pleased to present its outdoor event, Wind of Asia, at Les Jardins Gamelin on Thursday, May 25th and Friday, May 26th, 2017.
Over two evenings dedicated to discovery, we invite the curious and passersby to celebrate Asia and Montreal and take in some exceptional shows at Montreal’s Les Jardins Gamelin. On Thursday, May 25th from 7 to 8 pm, the Balinese ensemble Giri Kedaton will perform a number of incredible pieces from their Balinese repertoire presenting the sights, sounds and movement of Indonesian music and dance.
On Friday, May 26th from 7 to 10 pm, the dance troupe Bollywood Blast invites you to a Big Indian Wedding. Les Jardins Gamelin will be transformed into a colourful and vibrant experience with dancers, drummers, actors, performing for and with you. After the wedding, let’s dance Bollywood at the big DJ party!
Come celebrate Asian Heritage Month and Montreal’s 375th anniversary at Les Jardins Gamelin!
Giri Kedaton, which means “Royal Mountain” in Balinese, got its start in part thanks to the Indonesian government’s donation of two Balinese gamelan instruments to Canada following the 1986 World Fair in Vancouver. The University of Montreal’s Faculty of Music now houses the instruments and is also home to Giri Kedaton. In 1995, Giri Kedaton grew out of a series of independent and very unique gamelan workshops featuring great masters of Balinese music. It became a victim of its own success and today comprises twenty-five musicians and three dancers. The ensemble has performed in numerous festivals such as Les Francofolies 2016, Festival Classica, Traditions du Monde in Sherbrooke and Festival Orientalys . In 2007, Giri Kedaton unveiled its production Project Bali X merging Balinese music with other styles such as metal, techno, pop, and rock. Giri Kedaton’s mandate is to showcase Balinese music and culture to foster links between the Bali music community and broader musical communities in Montreal as well as throughout Quebec and Canada. (www.girikedaton.com)
Bollywood Blast is Montreal’s premiere and only authentic professional Indian Bollywood cultural and entertainment group specializing in presenting Indian art and culture to the public. Founded in 2005 by dancer/choreographer Ina B, Bollywood Blast not only entertains audiences, it also promotes well-being preserving and sharing the beauty of ancient Indian traditions and the evolution of its culture. It is known for taking Indian dance to new and exciting levels. Bollywood Blast has performed at Montreal Fashion Week, Fashion Mode & Design, Fierte Festivals, Toronto’s ‘Masala! Mehndi! Masti!’, ImaginAsian in Calgary, Festival Traditions de Monde in Sherbrooke, Miss Global International Pageant in Jamaica, Art Saves Lives in St. Maarten, Festival Holi Peninsula in Mexico and the list goes on. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau can even be seen in a viral video joining in their fun! Bollywood Blast is currently giving workshops and performances worldwide. (www.facebook.com/bollywoodblast)
Giri Kedaton – Balinese Music Group
Bollywood Blast – Dance Group