Opening Launch of Asian Heritage Month

April 21, 2018

The explorASIAN 2018 Opening event at Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Simon Fraser University kicks off this year’s program with addresses and acknowledgments from Musqueam Councillor Wade Grant and City of Vancouver Acting Mayor Raymond Louie. The explorASIAN theme song and the national anthem will be performed by Vince Mai, Eileen Kage, and Noriko Kim Kobayashi; additional performances are from Banh Mi Barbershop Quartet and Kasandra Flamenco. Vancouver City Hall will also be illuminated red (May 1), in celebration of both Asian Heritage Month across Canada and the launch of explorASIAN 2018 in BC.

explorAsian 2018 Asian Heritage Festival

May 1-31

Click here for the Festival's program.

Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society (VAHMS) celebrates the cultural contribution of emerging and established Pan Asian artists and communities in Metro Vancouver with its 22nd annual explorASIAN, BC’s only festival for national Asian Heritage Month in May each year.

VAHMS reaches out through community, non-profit, municipal, provincial, and corporate partners to advocate for existing and potential ways to bring BC’s diverse communities together. VAHMS’ current programming focus is a direct response to the increasing consolidation of ethnic groups or “silos” that can be a disincentive to mainstream cultural integration. This year,explorASIAN 2018 features more than 50 performances, exhibits, shows, and events from close to 40 partner organizations, representing Pan Asian Canadian cultural heritage and communities from Iran to Korea throughout Metro Vancouver, in the month of May and beyond.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

10:00 - 12:00 pm

Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre
Simon Fraser University
149 West Hastings Street