IlluminAsia: A Festival of Asian Art, Food, and Cultures

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Saturday, October 14, 5PM – 12 AM
Where: 1050 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC
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Don’t miss the festival of Asian art, food, and cultures on the National Mall and celebrate the grand reopening of the Freer|Sackler. Free and open to the public, the IlluminAsia festival will transform the museums’ grounds with an Asian food market, interactive cooking and art demonstrations, live performances by members of the Silk Road Ensemble, and dozens of local and international artists. Inside, visitors can experience the reimagined galleries and innovative exhibitions, as well as performances, conversations, and other immersive activities.

IlluminAsia kicks off with the museums reopening at 6 pm. The evening program will light up the night with a sea of lanterns and light displays, stunning video projections on the Freer Gallery facade, and a night market featuring Asian food stalls, hosted in partnership with Asian American community organizations. In addition, visitors can experience video installations and DJ soundscapes. The activities and museums will be open through midnight.

Highlight Events: Saturday
• 5 pm Street food market and art making kickoff
• 5:30 pm Opening procession with Red Baraat
• 6 pm Disruption: Video Art from Asia begins
• 7 pm Curator talks begin in the museum galleries
• 7 pm Tuvan throat singers Alash Ensemble with beatboxer Shodekeh
• 8 pm Premiere of projected art on the Freer façade
• 8:30 pm Persian vocalist Mamak Khadem
• 9:30 pm Balinese shadow puppet theater
• 9:45 pm Filipino American turntablist DJ Qbert
• 11 pm Rock, funk, and bhangra by Red Baraat

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