ExplorASIAN Festival 2012: May’s Month-Long Asian Arts & Culture Fest

explorASIAN 2012: Balinese dance at the Gong! The Gamelan Festival. Photo: Gamelan Gita Asmara

May is Asian Heritage Month, which means the annual explorASIAN Festival returns to Vancouver for a month of fantastic Asian arts and culture events, from May 1 – 31, 2012.

Organized by the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society (VAHMS), explorASIAN 2012 has a packed schedule of events, starting with the Generation One art exhibit on May 1—a showcase for Asian-Canadian artists and emerging artists who are first generation Canadians—then kicking into high gear on May 4 with The Magical Encounter Opening Gala, a “Pan-Asian and inter-arts gala” that includes visual arts, Japanese and Chinese music and dance, Persian ballet, and Uighur belly dance.

Other highlights of explorASIAN 2012 include:

ExplorASIAN ends on May 31 with rePercussion, a joint presentation of VAHMS and the City of Bhangra Festival; rePercussion improbably and amazingly “melds” Chinese, Afro-Cuban, Punjabi, and Brazilian styles of drumming “to explore percussion and folk drumming from the variety of cultures that represent Vancouver.”

Find a complete schedule of events—as well as ticket info–at the explorASIAN Festival 2012 site.

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