The ASEM Cultural Festival (ASEMfest) is a public arts festival which offers a diverse range of programming from Asia and Europe including performances, exhibitions, and discussions, showcasing the best of traditional and contemporary art from the two continents. Held alongside the key meetings of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), i.e. ASEM Summits and ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meetings (ASEMFMM), the Festival supports strengthening of the dialogue among the ASEM Partners by promoting and supporting cultural connectivity between Asia and Europe.
In October 2018, at the 12th ASEM Summit (ASEM12), “Leaders welcomed the principle of having regular ASEM Cultural Festivals in connection with ASEM Summits and ASEM Foreign Minister Meetings to strengthen inter-cultural dialogue among ASEM partners, including the mobility of artists and culture professionals, through exchanges and peer-to-peer learning”.
The next edition of the Festival will be alongside the 13th ASEM Summit (ASEM13) in Cambodia, which will be held on the 1 and 2 of June. For further details, see the section on “Current Edition”