Brussels, 6th December

Madrid, 11th – 15th December

Asia & Europe:

Cultures Connect

music, dance, digital art…

A cultural bridge between Asia and Europe

Asia and Europe: Cultures Connect is the theme of ASEM Cultural Festival 2019, a multidisciplinary festival which, will gather in Madrid from 11 to 15 December over 40 Asian and European artists to showcase the richness of their cultural and artistic diversity through music, dance and digital art. It will take place in Brussels on 6 December.

Seven music and dance shows, artist workshops, audience encounters, a virtual reality exhibition and a special exhibit on ‘ASEAN Cultural Year 2019’, make up the festival schedule, taking place in different spaces in the city centre: Círculo de Bellas Artes, Conde Duque Cultural Centre, Nicolás Salmerón Cultural Centre, CentroCentro, Casa de Vacas and Casa Asia in Madrid. All the events in the Festival are open to the public and are free.

A concert featuring world music and jazz “Nguyen Le Saiyuki & Friends” with the participation of 7 musicians performing together for the first time, will open the festival, whileBetween Tiny Cities រវាងទីក្រុងតូច, a hip-hop performance with dancers from Australia and Cambodia, will be the closing event. In between these events, the Festival presents “Kizuna”, a concert by two interpreters of Japanese string instruments, the, koto and the kotsuzumi, accompanied by Spanish guitar; “Rasa y Duende: Lorca, Flamenco y la India”, a dialogue between different performing arts from India and the deepest roots of Spanish flamenco singing and dancing; Poong Ryu, a Korean music and dance show with 15 artists on stage; Rudraksham, a concert by a classical Indian Carnatic and Hindustani music group with percussion and string instruments; two exhibitions, one in-person exhibition about the cultural diversity from the countries of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and a virtual reality exhibition comprising 4 installations proposing audience interaction through emblematic and universal works of art by different European and Asian artists, and workshops led by the artists themselves, make up the menu for the ASEM Cultural Festival 2019.

The ASEM Cultural Festival (#ASEMfest) is one of the activities organised for the 14th ASEM Foreign Ministers Meeting (ASEMFMM14) which will take place in Madrid on 15 and 16 December 2019, as well as the Model ASEM programme (ModelASEM19) from 11 to 16 December which will bring together university students, and the 12th ASEF Journalist Seminar (ASEFJS12) on 13 and 14 December with the participation of young journalists from Asia and Europe.

The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) is an intergovernmental process established in 1996 to promote dialogue and cooperation between Asia and Europe. There are currently 51 Partner countries, of which 30 are European and 21 are Asian, along with the European Union and the ASEAN Secretariat, which makes a total of 53 Partners.

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The ASEM Cultural Festival, an official side-event of the 14th ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (ASEMFMM14) is funded by the European Union and the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and  European Union and Cooperation and is organised by Casa Asia with the support of the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF). The Festival aims to strengthen the cultural connections between Asia and Europe. This initiative is backed by the Madrid City Council, Indian Embassy in Spain, Republic of Korea Embassy in Spain, Korean Cultural Centre, Japan Foundation, Indian Council for Cultural Relations(ICCR) and major cultural venues in Madrid: Conde Duque Cultural Centre, CentroCentro, Casa de Vacas, Círculo de Bellas Artes and the Nicolás Salmerón Cultural Centre. The prestigious cultural centre, Centre for Fine Arts-BOZAR in Brussels, will organise the curtain raiser in the lead up to the Festival, on 6 December.