Partner’s messages

City of Montréal
Valérie Plante — Mayor of Montréal

For nearly 30 years, Festival Accès Asie has been offering a rich program of events highlighting the cultural traditions of Asia.

The festival also recognizes the tremendous contribution made by Asian communities to Montréal life and to the city’s effervescence.

Accès Asie is one of the highlights of Asian Heritage Month, inviting the public to discover the know-how and passion of emerging and professional artists. By promoting exchanges and discussions, the festival helps to increase openness and understanding between the various communities that enrich our city.

I’d like to congratulate everyone involved in organizing this festival. Your work contributes to showcasing the artistic richness of Asian communities and reinforcing Montréal’s status as a cultural metropolis.

I warmly invite Montrealers to take part in the various Accès Asie activities.

Enjoy the festival and Asian Heritage Month!

Valérie Plante — Mayor of Montréal

Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
Anne-Marie Jean — President and CEO

By cultivating ties between the communities that make up the city, the Festival Accès Asie helps bring to audiences the innovative work of artists from the Asian diaspora, spotlighting many emerging artists, on a mission not unlike that of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ).

I would like to congratulate artistic director Nayla Naoufal for putting together her first program, which promises to be rich and inclusive, showcasing the diversity and vitality of contemporary creators. I would also like to applaud the efforts of managing director Karine Kerr-Gillespie and her team, as well as the work of the artists, partners, and all those who work behind the scenes to make this event possible.

With so many issues competing for our attention these days, artists shine a light on our times and turn an attentive ear to its challenges. Leading the way, they show us the path, awaken our consciousness, and inspire us to evolve in our thinking. This is why, as it nears its 30th anniversary, the CALQ is renewing its commitment to supporting activities in artistic settings, by encouraging creativity, innovation, and promising initiatives.

Enjoy the festival!

Anne-Marie Jean — President and CEO

Canadian Heritage
The Honourable Pascale St-Onge — Minister of Canadian Heritage

Since its inception, Festival Accès Asie has called upon a multitude of means of expression in order to shine a spotlight on the traditions, arts and culture of people of Asian origin, which help create our country’s rich heritage.

These artistic gatherings draw from our shared love for arts and culture in order to bring us together and celebrate the creators that bring them to life. This is the ideal time to celebrate the diversity that makes our country strong, while highlighting the importance of inclusion and mutual respect within our society.

As Minister of Canadian Heritage, I would like to congratulate everyone who worked with great dedication to make this 29th Festival Accès Asie possible. May this festival be a source of inspiration and joy, and may Asian Heritage Month be a time of celebration and appreciation!

The Honourable Pascale St-Onge — Minister of Canadian Heritage

Canada Council for the Arts
Michelle Chawla — Director and Chief Executive Officer

To better understand the human condition, fully experience the world around us and challenge our assumptions, we need art, now more than ever.

More engagement, connection and inspiration are what the arts promise us and what you are bringing to life, collectively, through this unique gathering of the arts and culture in Canada.

The Canada Council for the Arts is a proud supporter of the Festival Accès Asie, and I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to all those involved.

Michelle Chawla — Director and Chief Executive Officer

Gouvernement du Canada
The Rt. Hon. Justin P. J. Trudeau, P.C., M.P. — Prime Minister of Canada



Dear Friends:

I am pleased to extend my warmest greetings to everyone taking part in the 29th edition of Festival Accès Asie in Montreal. As part of Asian Heritage Month, Festival Accès Asie is once again giving participants the opportunity to celebrate the richness of various Asian cultures. The extensive and diverse program will feature dance, music, visual and media arts, as well as many other activities showcasing the vitality and talent of Asian communities.

I would like to congratulate the members of the organizing team. Your efforts contribute to the community’s enrichment and, consequently, to the strength of our country, which is enhanced by its cultural diversity.

On behalf of the Government of Canada, I offer my best wishes for an enjoyable festival, and for every happiness and success.


The Rt. Hon. Justin P. J. Trudeau, P.C., M.P. — Prime Minister of Canada