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2009 Road to Asia Festival

Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
showcases the best of Asian culture at ninth annual
Road to Asia Festival

Saturday, November 7, 11am – 5pm
Sunday, November 8, 11am – 5pm
The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
6 Garamond Court , Toronto , Ontario

(Don Mills and Eglinton, north east of the Ontario Science Centre), 416-441-2345
Admission:  Adults $5, Seniors and Students $3, Children 12 years and under – Free with adult accompaniment
Free onsite parking

The 2009 Road to Asia Festival is a popular annual two-day aarts and entertainment Festival celebrating the richness and diversity of Asian culture – all under one roof. For the ninth year, the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC) will be transformed into a multicultural marketplace filled with a cacophony of sights, sounds, smells for thousands of visitors.

This year’s festival features displays and performances from many of the countries that have a community presence in Canada including the Philippines, Indonesia, India, Thailand, China, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Tibet, Japan and more.

“The Road to Asia Festival has become a must-attend event for families and so many communities within and around Toronto,” said James Heron, Executive Director, Japanese Canadian Cultural centre. “Since its inception almost 50 years ago the JCCC’s motto has been ‘Friendship Through Culture’. The Centre is an inclusive place that is open to all. The Road to Asia festival is really the ultimate manifestation of that ideal.

On both days, every hour artists from each country will perform on the large, main stage. All artists will introduce their performance and explain the origin of their cultural talents as a way of educating the audience. Numerous community and cultural displays, as well as vendors are spread throughout the building.  There will also be a food court featuring delicacies from around the region.  The dojo area will be featuring ongoing martial arts demonstrations.

About the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC) is one of the largest Japanese cultural centres outside of Japan . It is a registered charity (BN118972967RR0001) that has been serving the Greater Toronto Area for more than forty five years.

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