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Festival Accès Asie: May 1st to 24th

Posted by Sarah / May 7, 2008

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When I first moved to Montreal some years ago, one of the things that struck me most is the amazing cultural diversity of the city. I love how many cultures intermingle here. The city also loves to celebrate its cultural diversity by putting on a wide variety of festivals which give us the opportunity to experience various facets of those cultures through art, music, dance and so on.

This month is the officially recognized Asian Heritage Month. The 13th edition of the Montreal Asian Heritage Festival (Festival Accès Asie) began last Thursday May 1st and lasts until Saturday May 24th.

Through the course of this month-long celebration, we get the chance to participate in the various Asian cultural activities such as art exhibitions workshops, and various live performances. Some of these activities have an entrance fee while others are free.

I feel so lucky when I get the chance to get a taste of other cultures without even having to take a plane. Actually, it’s the thing I love most about this city. Not only is there so many cultures represented on this island, but to facilitate the discovery, we get events like these. This is a great opportunity to dip your big-toe into something unusual and great.

Photo by Sarah Brideau

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Michael Black / May 7, 2008 at 10:20 am
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Of course, unless it's changed, this is not a set
of traditional asian performances, which the name
would imply.

It's artists who happen to be asian. Some of
their work will be based on tradition, some of it
won't.

I saw a show a decade ago at the Frontenac cultural
centre, whatever those things are called, and it seemed
like quite a few members of the audience left at the
intermission, as if they'd come for tradition and wondered
what they'd gotten into. But there was a gay themed piece
and Shakti who performed at the Fringe for a decade did
something that wasn't traditional Indian dance.

The name is misleading, but the actual art is asian and
often worth seeing.

Michael
Sarah / May 7, 2008 at 11:30 am
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I think it's important to mention that the point of this even is to celebrate Asian culture and to break down stereotypes. Therefore, I feel that it's fair that the events don't necessarily represent the more traditional side of Asian culture. In the same way that the St-Jean Baptiste doesn't only celebrate Quebec culture for what it traditionally was, but for all that it is today.
golu dolls / February 14, 2019 at 09:44 pm
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nice post
kanchipuram sarees / February 14, 2019 at 09:45 pm
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nice post
kanchipuram sarees / February 14, 2019 at 09:45 pm
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nice post

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