National Symposium 2020

We are pleased to announce that the 2nd National Asian Heritage Month Symposium will be held in Montreal, September 10-13, 2020, to identify common needs, with a view to addressing the challenges that Asian arts festivals and organizations are facing across the country.

What are the pressing needs, hopes, wants and desires you have to elevate Asian Heritage Month in your region?

Some of the priorities that we have identified for this symposium are below, but we want to hear what you have to say:

  • Assessing the current state of the arts across Canada during the month of May: The Asian Heritage Month and beyond;
  • Creating legacy and succession planning strategies for Asian arts festivals and organizations;
  • Developing new initiatives and goals to cultivate the reach, the scope and support for Asian Heritage Month;
  • Establishing cross national collaboration, support, funding, resource sharing and development; and
  • Unifying and strengthening relationships within the Asian artistic community, fostering cultural exchanges within the greater Canadian context.

Your voice can be heard! In fact, your participation is crucial to the success of the creation of a National network. To that end, please help us to incorporate your thoughts by filling in this short survey. (Click Here)

Coming out of the symposium, we are hoping to build a National network, which will strengthen the arts sector through such actions as:

  • The creation of a national touring network;
  • Developing an efficient method of promoting and supporting artists from across Canada for exchanges;
  • A residency system for artistic exchanges;
  • Problem solving for organizational and structural issues (such as succession planning, volunteer solicitation, government lobbying, marketing and promotion methodology and funding);
  • Trans-disciplinary artistic collaborations in the education and health sectors;
  • Collaboration and exchange with other cultural communities, including Indigenous and First Nations peoples; and
  • Resource sharing.

Festival Acces Asie recognizes the many rapidly evolving conversations regarding access, inclusion, working conditions, economics, appropriation, succession planning, intergenerational challenges and other barriers to the realization and flourishing of Asian heritage.

In the context of our 25th anniversary celebrations, we want this symposium to bring together artists, cultural workers, arts organizers, founders and other stakeholders, to explore how we can help each other strengthen our arts communities. We are excited at the possibilities for thoughtful collaboration and meaningful exchange, all towards the goal of bringing greater visibility to Asian Canadian Arts and Heritage.

In the interest of being as accessible as possible, we hope your input will include your specific regional or cultural context. If you prefer to send us an email or tell us in person please do not hesitate to give the Project Manager, Farah Fancy a call with answers to the following questions:

  1. What is your or your organizations top short and long-term goal for advancing Asian Canadian Heritage?
  2. What is your top barrier for reaching this goal?
  3. What do you need to overcome this barrier?
  4. Are you interested in being part of a National network to promote Asian Canadian Heritage?

If you know someone who would be interested in the 2nd National Symposium, please do not hesitate to forward the survey to them.  We are hoping we can build a movement to spread far and wide across the country to strengthen our common goals to build recognition for Asian Canadian Arts and Heritage in your area and across the country.


Farah Fancy
Project Manager
2nd Asian Heritage Month Symposium
Festival Accès Asie

[email protected]
Tel: (514)919-2775

We acknowledge that this project would not be possible without the gracious support of the Canada Council for the Arts. 

Farah Fancy co-founded Le Groupe Herencias. She is an artist, artist doula, manager, producer, community worker and consultant who, for over 25 years, has been using the arts as a mechanism to teach about equality, rights, personal histories, self actualization and community bridging through ethnographic creations and projects. She is rooted in working with cross cultural populations to engage in arts practices with a diversity of communities across class, ethnicity, ability, gender, and generation to overcome emotional and cultural barriers. As a consultant, Farah also works with organizations and institutions to show how art can be a tool to resolve structural problems within organizations, foster economic development, and facilitate cultural understanding.