Celebrate everything Asia with FestivalAsia in London



With the Asian market becoming more prominent within the UK, FestivalAsia are here allowing you the opportunity to learn more about your favourite countries and their cultures. Later this month the largest all-Asian indoor festival will hit London town in a pan-Asia cultural, culinary and artistic style. The event is being held at Tobacco Dock (E1W 2SF) from Friday 15th May to Sunday 17th May.

With more than 200 exhibitors and performances you are sure to find something to whet your appetite. The organisers Lilisan Ltd and Barley Arts International Ltd, with sponsors Lycamobile, have created specific areas, such as a cultural room, a spiritual room and a fashion carnival. These will consist of performances, martial arts, music, cookery, massage, fashion, art and spirituality to keep you busy whilst at the festival. The whole idea of the festival was to bring a massive diversity of eclectic continents under one roof for a culturally diversified London audience. With the chance to sample food from more than 20 Asian countries and taste original Asian branding liquor at the unique Asian bar, there is sure to be something to keep you enthralled by the event.

Schermata-2014-11-17-a-3.58.43-PM-750x429When the adults want to explore what the festival has in store, the children can go to the Kid’s Kingdom area. They could even try out the free drumming workshops by the Japanese Taiko drummers or they could marvel at the exotic Indonesian fashion show from Kabaya Lence. Performances will include the visually-enthralling Guan Yin Double Lion Dance and the sublime, elegant moves of the INA Indonesian dance troupe. Whilst you ponder at the excitement around you, be sure to listen to the serene strings of Indonesian harp from Djitron Pah, or Amy Yuan’s recital on the Erhu – a two-stringed Chinese fiddle. Other acts will include sitar player and composer Jonathan Mayer and Akari Mochizuki – the only Enka (Japanese blues) singer in the UK accompanied by accomplished musician Hibiki Ichikawa on the Tsugaru Shamisen, a Japanese stringed instrument.

If you are fond of the Bollywood Fusion dance trend, then be sure to check Orientalya’s exciting Bollywood dance with special guest Sunny Singh, the renowned choreographer of more than 50 Bollywood films. Keeping with the trend of elaborate dancing, the sultry moves and enthralling costumes of belly-dancing from Fleur Estelle Dance School is sure to get the best of us rolling our bodies in ways we never thought possible.

For those of you wanting a Korean cultural lesson, be sure to pop over to see KAYA who will be playing traditional Korean music on the 25-string Gayagum accompanied by an acoustic guitar. Alternatively, you can relax to the sublime melodies of the award-winning Korean violinist Eunsley Park, the dulcet tones of Chinese Pipa Player Cheng Yu, or the unique sound of Mia Ismi Halida the batik violinist and vocalist.

Schermata-2014-11-17-a-4.00.21-PM-750x419In addition to the above, at the Indonesia Pavilion – the Emerald of the Equator showcases the artistic and cultural highlights of this huge archipelago with presentations from the Indonesian ambassador, the ambassador of the Philippines, and the Mongolian and Korean embassies. A display of martial arts will feature on its own dedicated stage, which will include the Japanese swordsmanship of 7th Dan John Maki Evans and techniques of Korean mind-body training from Dahn Yoga. In the cultural room, you can try your hand at learning Mandarin – one of the world’s fastest-growing languages, with a taster session from the Magna Education Mandarin Training Centre, or try your hand at the Asian mind sport ‘Go’ with the British Go Association. Something that would definitely be up our readers street is the opportunity to learn about the Japanese comic art form, manga, or you can even get a self-portrait as a manga character!

The unique focus of FestivalAsia is that it embraces the diversity of Asian cultures from some of the countries making up the fascinating continent. The event is predicted to attract around 20,000 visitors who can expect to experience a mix of music, dance, food, fashion, martial arts and much more, which is sure to educate, move and entertain.

Friday 15th May: 2:00pm – 10:00pm
Saturday 16th May: 10am – 3:30pm or 4:30 – 10:00pm
Sunday 17th May: 10am – 7:00PM
Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, Shadwell, London E1W 2SF – Website.
Tickets Prices
Adults £12.50 in advance £15 on door – Children £8 in advance £10 on door
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For more information about the event, opening hours or to purchase a ticket please visit the official FestivalAsia website or visit their Facebook or Twitter pages.

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