Each year, the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society (VAHMS) celebrates the cultural contribution of emerging and established Pan Asian artists and communities in Metro Vancouver with its annual explorASIAN, BC’s only festival for national Asian Heritage Month,held every May.
“VAHMS is proud to acknowledge and showcase the richness and diversity of Pan Asian artists and communities in Metro Vancouver and BC—through co-presenting events that foster greater public awareness of this rich part of our Canadian heritage,” said Ken McAteer, President, VAHMS Board of Directors.
VAHMS reaches out through community, non-profit, municipal, provincial, and corporate partners to advocate for existing and potential ways to bring BC’s diverse communities together. VAHMS’ programming focus is a direct response to the increasing consolidation of ethnic groups or “silos” that can be a disincentive to mainstream cultural integration.
The last festival explorASIAN 2018 featured more than 50 performances, exhibits, shows, and events from close to 40 partner organizations, representing Pan Asian Canadian cultural heritage and communities from Iran to Korea throughout Metro Vancouver, in the month of May and beyond.