National Symposium 2020

Connection – Action – Momentum – Solidarity
Strengthening Asian Canadian Arts, Culture and Heritage

The Festival Acces Asie recognizes that there are many rapidly evolving conversations regarding access, inclusion, working conditions, economics, appropriation, succession planning, inter-generational challenges and other barriers to the realization and flourishing of Asian heritage.

Therefore, we are excited to be organizing the 2nd National Asian Heritage Month Symposium, to be held 𝐨𝐧𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐨𝐧 𝐒𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟏𝟎-𝟏𝟑, 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟎. We will:

  1. Create CONNECTION that is meaningful for festivals, organizations and artists to either unite around common goals or to have better insight on difference;
  2.  Motivate ACTION on a national, local and individual scale to enrich the reach, scope and depth of arts and culture of Asian Canadian artist and cultural workers;
  3. Build MOMENTUM beyond the dates of the symposium to encourage continuity of discovery, experimentation and innovation in order to move forward without getting stuck; and 
  4. Develop SOLIDARITY within our own communities and outside to support each other in the building of a National Network as well as those who wish to continue to grow deeper in their own circles. 

We make efforts to decolonize models of gathering, consultation and action and consider differences across region, scale, generation, discipline, career level, privilege, professional definition and other challenges to engagement.  We will be including online (in both official languages) and in person events in satellite locations across the country.  These events will include:

presentations – discussions – training – networking – action plan creation – national collaboration – anti-racism actions – working groups – First Nations, Inuit, Metis solidarity

The symposium will also include 6 free pre-events to meet virtually and discuss critical themes.   Click here to learn more.

We acknowledge that this is not a perfect methodology, but we are doing our best to overcome the barriers that exist in the current system.  We also understand that we contribute to systemic oppression and that by celebrating Asian Heritage Month on stolen lands can also be controversial. However, we are trying to derive a better model that focuses on justice. In order to move beyond acknowledgement, we endeavour to have an indigenous presence at events and there will be First Nations elders participating actively in the conversation. However your individual voice is important to validate change.

Are you?

Someone who believes one or more of the symposium goals are important;

AND (one OR more of the below)

  • Of Asian descent living in Canada working in the arts and/or culture sector;
  • Using Asian arts, culture or heritage forms, techniques of philosophy in your work;
  •  A supporter of greater diversity and inclusion in arts and culture withing Canada/Turtle Island;

AND (one OR more of the below)

  • Someone willing to create momentum, visibility or action towards the symposium goals;
  • Someone who wants to bring more depth to the conversation so that we can be constructively critical in our actions and words towards decolonization.

If yes this symposium is for you!

We look forward to seeing you at the 2nd National Asian Heritage Month Symposium.  For more information please contact Farah Fancy, Project Manager at [email protected]