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July 12, 2019:Rainy Weather Fails to Dampen the Spirit of Community at Silk Road Festival

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July 12, 2019

Rainy Weather Fails to Dampen the Spirit of Community at Silk Road Festival

Vancouver, BC – It is the thread that binds, the ancient road that connected communities across land and water.  On July 6 and 7, the  šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square (Vancouver Art Gallery, North Plaza) was abuzz with sights, sounds and tastes of the Silk Road as businesses and groups representing communities from Asia to Europe gathered to showcase their cultures.

The rain over the weekend did not dampen the ‘Spirit of Community’.  Braving the cold and wet weather, festival goers poured in to the plaza for the two-day festival to enjoy dazzling performances, sample delicious cuisines and discover technology, travel places, arts and crafts of different countries.

The Honourable George Chow, Minister of State for Trade officiated the festival opening joined by dignitaries, foreign consulate officials, politicians, festival partners and supporters.  Emcee Lien Yeung, award-winning multimedia host and producer of CBC Vancouver News charmed the audience with her sense of humour.

Captivating and Colourful

Exciting acts and colours painted the main stage as the Silk Road performances meandered their way from China through Central Asia, Persia to Europe and beyond.  Qiu Xia He and Andre Thibault of Silk Road Music introduced their opening act with their musical fusion of Chinese, Celtic, Latin, Arabic, Aboriginal, jazz, and blues.

Eager crowds armed with cameras huddled under canopies to capture the colours and dances presented by some of Vancouver’s renowned performing arts companies including the Vancouver Cantonese Opera, Rosario Flamenco, Adalat Omar Dance Company, Scandinavian Dancers of Vancouver and Fame Dance Group.

Rosario Flamenco dancers captivated the crowd with their riveting music, stomping feet and swaying skirts.  The Russian Community Centre Yablochko Dancers wowed audience with their Central Moscow dances.  Sampan Bujana Sentra flew in from Indonesia to showcase their intriguing Balinese and Javanese dances.   On the Kamanche,Tonbur, Daf and Dayere instruments was the Persian musical group, Chakameh .

Flavours of the Road

Food continues to play a big part on the Silk Road.  Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, Italian, Israeli, Japanese, Middle Eastern, Spanish and Thai were among some of the featured cuisines.

Presenters include culinary experts from local restaurants and communities such as The Federation of Pugliese Social Clubs of British Columbia.  Serving the best of Vancouver’s flavours on wheels were Out for Lunch, Mr. Arancino, Bocao Spanish Tapa, I Love ChickPea and JAPADOG.

At the Travel and Technology Hub, Neil Squire Society showcased and explained some of the different solutions for people with disabilities and other barriers to their work related activities.   Personal Travel Management travel expert shared insights on travel to Mongolia and other Silk Road destinations.

Award-winning artisans came as far as Uzbekistan and India to showcase their crafts.  Visitors were treated to ceramic demonstrations by local Korean Celadon master potter Junghong Kim.

Acknowledgement and Appreciation

Thank you all who came to support and make this one-of-a-kind festival a success.  Appreciation goes to Partners: MOSAIC, City of Vancouver, CBC Vancouver, Translink,  Vancity, Vancouver Sun,  GlobalEAT, Texana Premium Rice, Afghan Horsemen Restaurant, Groovy Yurts;  Supporters: Italian Cultural Centre, Craft Council of British Columbia, Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra and Confcommercio Impress Per L’Italia – Province of Cuneo;  Exhibitors, Performers, Presenters, as well as to businesses that placed ads in the souvenir program and dedicated volunteers for their time and hard work.

We also like to extend their appreciation to all the media outlets who publicized the festival through their channels and publications including Shaw Multicultural Channel, Il Marco Polo and Fairchild TV.

The Silk Road Festival opens a window to the wonderful treasures of Canada’s rich and diverse communities.  As Premier John Horgan said, “Our lives are enriched every day by the inclusive, multicultural province we are so lucky to live in.”  Rain or shine, the festival is a catalyst for greater ‘Spirit of Community’ to flourish.

About Silk Road Festival

The Silk Road Festival (silkroadfestival.org) theme is to Bridge Cultures, Engage Communities and Inspire Discoveries.  The festival aims to enhance intercultural appreciation and community interaction, inspire travel and technological discoveries with ancient Silk Road aspirations.  The two-day outdoor multicultural festival features cultures and exchanges between East and West on the world’s famed historic trade routes through arts, food, travel and technology.

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For further information, contact
North America Asean Consultants Inc.

T: 604.676.8878 | media@globalnaac.com

June 25, 2019: Silk Road Festival brings ancient trade routes to life

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June 25, 2019

Silk Road Festival brings ancient trade routes to life

Vancouver, BC – Invigorate your Senses and Experience the Sights, Sounds and Tastes of the Silk Road this July 6 & 7 at the šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square (Vancouver Art Gallery, North Plaza) in the heart of downtown Vancouver.   The Silk Road Festival features cultures and exchanges between East and West of the famed historic trade routes.

The FREE two-day fun-filled festival will showcase vibrant folk dances, enchanting music, action-packed martial arts, unique arts and crafts, tasty cuisines, fascinating travel and technology spanning from Asia, Africa to Europe and beyond.

“Events such as this one remind us that diversity is our greatest strength,” states Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in his festival program message.

“Our lives are enriched every day by the inclusive, multicultural province we are so lucky to live in.  The Silk Road is a fantastic example of cultures coming together to exchange valuable goods and knowledge,” remarks B.C. Premier John Horgan.

The family-friendly festival is produced by North America Asean Consultants Inc. in collaboration with MOSAIC, one of Canada’s largest settlement organizations.

“Like the Silk Road, MOSAIC also connects diverse people and cultures along a path leading to the enrichment of families and community,” says Dr. Christian Duff, chairperson of MOSAIC Board of Directors.

Vancouver’s connection to the Silk Road dates back to the heydays of the Canadian Pacific silk trains. Between 1887 and the late 1930s, locomotives loaded with bales of precious raw silk from the Far East rumbled out of Vancouver’s port bound for the silk mills in New York.  The silk runs are history, but the strategic position of Vancouver as the crossroads between East and West continues to flourish.

“Vancouver is a vibrant, multicultural city that embraces many cultures into the Canadian mosaic.  It is important for ethnic groups to continue to maintain and celebrate their heritage and art forms, so that all Vancouverites may learn about the many cultures in our city,” writes Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart.

Award-winning artists

Stomping feet and swaying skirts will evoke passion and energize your visual and audible sense. Among the artist groups performing on the main stage are Silk Road Music, Vancouver Chinese Opera, Flamenco Rosario, Russian Yablochko Dancers, Adalat Omar Dance Company and Persian Fame Group.

On stage are also award-winning dancers from the Scandinavian Dancers of Vancouver.  Discovery of the Oseberg burial mound in Norway revealed the penchant for silk reached beyond the Arctic Circle.

The alluring music of the Silk Road will make you want to travel the ancient trade routes. You won’t have to lug your luggage across forbidden deserts as the caravan traders did on their camels.  Ask onsite travel experts for free advice to plan a memorable trip at the Travel and Technology Hub.

Direct from Uzbekistan is UNESCO Award Seal of Excellence master embroiderer Sanjar Nazarov. Nazarov will showcase the ancient art of this needlework with his beautiful Bukhara gold embroidery at the Artisan Pavilion.  Historically, this tapestry work is purely a man dominated craft in Central Asia.  Joining Nazarov is Korean Celadon master potter Junghong Kim whose works were featured at the Museum of Vancouver last fall.

Taste that kept the Silk Road alive

No festival is complete without food.  In fact, it was food that kept the Silk Road alive, cited The Washington Post article on The Flavor of the Silk Road.  Some Vancouver renowned restaurants including The Afghan Horsemen, Ashiana Tandoori and SalaThai Thai Restaurant will demonstrate the authentic flavours of their cultures.

The Silk Road Festival is an ideal platform to connect with cultures beyond your own.  Explore, experience and bask in the rich diversity of what makes Metro Vancouver such a unique and desirable destination.

Proud partners of the Silk Road Festival include MOSAIC, City of Vancouver, CBC Vancouver, Translink, Vancity, GlobalEAT and Vancouver Sun.  More info: silkroadfestival.org.

About Silk Road Festival

The Silk Road Festival (silkroadfestival.org) theme is to Bridge Cultures, Engage Communities and Inspire Discoveries.  The festival aims to enhance intercultural appreciation and community interaction, inspire travel and technological discoveries with ancient Silk Road aspirations.  The two-day outdoor multicultural festival features cultures and exchanges between East and West on the world’s famed historic trade routes through arts, food, travel and technology.

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For further information, contact
North America Asean Consultants Inc.

T: 604.676.8878 | media@globalnaac.com

May 22, 2019: Experience the Ancient Silk Road in Vancouver this summer

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May 22, 2019

 

Experience the Ancient Silk Road in Vancouver This Summer

 

Vancouver, BC – Metro Vancouverites are in for a treat this summer as the inaugural Silk Road Festival kicks off on July 6 at the  šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square (old name: Vancouver Art Gallery, North Plaza) in downtown Vancouver.  The first-of-its-kind festival in Canada, the theme is to bridge cultures, engage communities and inspire discoveries.

The FREE two- day festival set for July 6 and 7 will feature a diverse style of visual and performing Silk Road arts spanning from Asia, Africa to Europe and beyond.  Explore the bazaar filled with colourful arts and crafts, food and beverage, travel and technology with roots in the ancient Silk Road.

The world’s most iconic network of antiquated trade routes symbolizes the legacy between East and West.  A contribution of many civilizations, the Silk Road paved the way to global trade; rich cultural, scientific, technological and religious exchanges, and shaped our interconnected world today.

The family-friendly, outdoor festival is produced by North America Asean Consultants Inc. in collaboration with MOSAIC, one of Canada’s largest settlement organizations.

Slated to showcase at the festival are award winning artisans and performers from Central Asia as well as local talents representing various Silk Road countries.  More details will be released in the coming month.

Are you proud of your heritage?  Express your culture through the Silk Road Fashion Contest and participate for a chance to win cash prizes valued at $1,000.  Registration opens May 25.  No purchase necessary.

Experience the ancient Silk Road! Mark your calendar for an exciting and fun weekend this July 6 and 7! We ask that any group or organization interested to showcase their rich cultural heritage or take advantage of the traffic and business that can be generated by our festival, to reach out to us at silkroadfest@gmail.com.  More info: silkroadfestival.org.

About Silk Road Festival

The Silk Road Festival (silkroadfestival.org) theme is to Bridge Cultures, Engage Communities and Inspire Discoveries.  The festival aims to enhance intercultural appreciation and community interaction, inspire travel and technological discoveries with ancient Silk Road aspirations.  The two-day outdoor multicultural festival features cultures and exchanges between East and West on the world’s famed historic trade routes through arts, food, travel and technology.

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For further information, contact
North America Asean Consultants Inc.

T: 604.676.8878 | media@globalnaac.com

December 13, 2018: How the Rule of Three Makes Your Holiday Season More Meaningful

How the Rule of Three Makes Your Holiday Season More Meaningful

One is brilliant, two is awesome, but three is magical, so share the magical moments this holiday season

Vancouver, BC (December 13, 2018) – All good things come in threes.  From the love, hope and joy of the season to the Christmas story of the three Wise Men who supposedly travelled the ancient Silk Road before it became a global super highway.

To make this holiday season more meaningful, give yourself and others grace, reach out to newcomers and support charity.

Spread Grace All Around

In the busyness of the holiday season, you hurry to finish your last minute shopping and prepare dinner parties, neglecting to care for yourself.  Give yourself some grace, relax and enjoy the magic of the season without fretting over the perfect gift or dinner.  Drink responsibly and safely.

We often rush through our days with our eyes and ears plugged to devices, ignoring who are around us.  For some in our community, the holiday season can be a difficult time, being alone with no family or friends.

A new study released earlier this fall said Vancouver and Toronto are the unhappiest cities in Canada. Isolation and lack of ‘physical’ social interaction often leads to societal problems especially in our techno-centric world.  Loneliness is not only felt among seniors and youths, but also new immigrants and refugees.  Extend grace to others.

Reach Out to Newcomers

Invite a newcomer for a meal.  Break down barriers and enhance newcomers’ sense of belonging in the community so they can participate more fully in community life.

This brings to mind Yale professor Valerie Hansen’s quote about the contribution of immigrants to their new country in her book, The Silk Road: A New History.

“The most influential people moving along the Silk Road were refugees. Waves of immigrants brought technologies from their respective homelands, practicing those skills or introducing motifs in their new homes.”

The inaugural Silk Road Festival will be held at the Vancouver Art Gallery, North Plaza on July 6 and 7, 2019.  The Silk Road, a contribution of many cultures, the world’s most iconic network of ancient trade routes that connected Asia, Europe and Africa.

The magnificent legacy of exchanges between East and West can be seen at the exquisite fashion exhibit, Guo Pei: Couture Beyond, which is currently on display at the Vancouver Art Gallery until January 20, 2019.

Support Charity

The Silk Road Festival is a social enterprise project developed in support of MOSAIC, an established B.C. based non-profit agency that delivers services and engages in community building and advocacy to facilitate meaningful participation of immigrants and refugees in Canadian society.

Support charity by volunteering your time to help those in need.  MOSAIC offers plenty of volunteer opportunities in over 20 languages.

Serve at a food bank, a soup kitchen or a shelter for abused kids and women. Visit hospitalized patients and offer them hope, love and strength.  Or simply help a senior rake their lawn or clear their snowy walkways.

If you decide to donate monetarily to a good cause or charity, Do Your Research First. Read the Little Black Book of Scams.   Check the Canada Revenue Agency website to see if the charity is registered.

Shop from charitable organizations such as the Ten Thousand Villages store and the Salvation Army thrift store where you can get some great finds.

Everything that comes in threes is perfect, or, every set of three is complete as encapsulated in the Latin phrase, omne trium perfectum.

In Chinese tradition, three is a lucky number as it sounds like the character that means life. The rule of three not only enriches your life but also those of others.

About Silk Road Festival

The Silk Road Festival (silkroadfestival.org) is about Bridging Cultures, Engaging Communities and Inspiring Discoveries.  The festival aims to enhance intercultural appreciation and community interaction, inspire travel and technological discoveries with ancient Silk Road aspirations.  The two-day outdoor multicultural festival features cultures and exchanges between East and West on the world’s famed historic trade routes through arts, food, travel and technology.

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For further information, contact
North America Asean Consultants Inc.

T: 604.676.8878    |media@globalnaac.com

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Theme:  Bridging Cultures, Engaging Communities, Inspiring Discoveries.
Date:  July 6 & 7, 2019
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