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Dance at Montréal’s Festival Accès Asie during Asian Heritage Month

By Isabelle Gagnon
  • Choreography by Sarah Dell’Ava for QuébéAsia

May was Asian Heritage Month in Canada and Festival Accès Asie in Montréal programmed a month-long festival celebrating Asian-Canadian contributions to Canadian culture.

Artists from different disciplines, including dance, film, visual arts, music and more were invited to present their artwork all across artistic venues in the city. These included La Sala Rossa, where a Middle-Eastern Dance Competition featured dancers of all ages and origins; Studio 303, where a dance performance series named QuébéAsia took place; the MAI, where different filmmakers presented their work; and many more.

The festival included free outdoors events in Les Jardins Gamelins under Wind of Asia programming. These events included live traditional and fusion music from Vietnam, China, India and more. Performances were offered by dance troupes and performing artists, sometimes followed by workshops, allowing the audience to take part.

The festival offered a glimpse of different Asian cultures, ranging from traditional to contemporary expression. These celebrations allowed artists from Asia, those who are inspired by Asia, and anyone interested the opportunity to meet and share.

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