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.

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

BEAT THE STREET: Asian Drum Festival + Remix

Vancouver Asian Heritage Month will lauch their 15th anniversary of explorASIAN in Vancouver with BEAT THE STREET: Asian Drum Festival + Remix. The event takes place on May 1st at the CBC Outdoor Stage (700 Hamilton Street) from 12pm – 4:30pm and will feature Japanese and Korean drumming, Filipino dancing, Persian ensemble and much more. It is a great free, outdoor drumming concert which will launch the series of other events that take place in May for Asian Heritage Month.

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BEAT THE STREET: Asian Drum Festival + Remix