By Southwester Staff

During next month’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the National Museum of Asian Art will host a two-week festival to mark its centennial anniversary. Events will include headline musical performances by Korean pop (K-Pop) star Eric Nam and internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Raveena on May 13. 

The performances will take place on the museum’s stage in the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building and be broadcast to visitors on the National Mall and Freer Plaza. Performances will be free to the public, but tickets will be required to enter the Arts and Industries Building. Further details will be released on the museum’s social media channels, @NatAsianArt, in the coming months. 

The National Museum of Asian Art marks its 100th anniversary in 2023, and it is commemorating its centennial with a yearlong series of events and programs that deepen understanding of Asian art and cultures. A cornerstone of these activities is its Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival, the National Museum of Asian Art’s first large-scale festival in recognition of this heritage month. 

From May 1–13, the museum and its surroundings will be transformed into a celebration of Asian arts and cultures. Programming highlights of the festival include its main-stage centennial celebration; the Washington premiere of acclaimed composer Huang Ruo’s oratorio Angel Island, presented in partnership with Washington Performing Arts and the United States Air Force Band; a 1920s silent film with live accompaniment by Min Xiao-Fen; activations by Shared Studios; an Asian food and artisan market and more.

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