Two-Day Festival Reopens Freer-Sackler


Oct. 14-15

IlluminAsia Festival Features Asian Art, Food, and Cultures

Beside Asian art, food, and cultures an extraordinary nighttime video projection on the façade of the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art will highlight the festival.    Also, music by the Grammy Award-winning Silkroad Ensemble and an outdoor Asian food market will mark the opening of the Freer following an 18-month renovation. The Freer’s sister, the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, will join the celebration with four brand-new exhibitions opening at the same time.

Festivities begin at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. The museums will remain open Saturday until midnight and then reopen at 10 a.m. Sunday.

The Silkroad Ensemble is in residence and will perform in various locations throughout the weekend. Winners of a 2016 Grammy Award, the Silkroad Ensemble will feature Chinese winds and strings, percussion, violin, viola and double-bass. Made up of performers and composers from 20 countries, the Silkroad Ensemble was formed by Yo-Yo Ma in 2000.

A shadow-puppet theater from Bali, The Legend of Sutasomo, will offer a rare opportunity to see a Balinese shadow-puppet master.

In addition to the musical performances, festival goers can make their own art at workshops featuring everything from floating-lotus art and lantern making to Chinese calligraphy and coconut-leaf folding..

For a full schedule of activities, visit

Th Asian art and contain one of the most important collections of Asian art in the world


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