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Asia Society Texas Night Market returns as record crowds enjoy expanded festival carnival games, unity wall, sumo wrestling and more

HOUSTON, November 14, 2021 – The Asia Society Texas (ASTX) welcomed over 7,000 guests for the 2021 Night Market presented by American First National Bank on Friday, November 12, to enjoy an evening of food, shopping, activities for all ages and novelties. characteristics.

The free festival, in its eighth annual edition after a year-long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, celebrated Houston’s arts and food scenes with an expanded footprint as more than 50 vendors, artisans and partners took part filled the two stories of the building of the Asia Society, the festival lawn and the surrounding block.

New this year, an interactive Unity Wall installation invited guests to write what they can do to build a more inclusive society and add their commitment to the wall. member of the board of directors of ASTX Gordon quan and representative of the State of Texas. Gene wu kicked off Unity Wall activation and encouraged guests to participate and use the wall to strengthen, not divide, our community. Throughout the night, the wall became a colorful representation of our community’s commitment to inclusion.

Other new activations included sumo wrestling demonstrations by Sumo Shōgeki, sand painting and Chinese calligraphy presented by Huaxing Arts Group, American Mah Jongg and Chinese Mahjong tables, an Otaku Alley space showcasing Japanese pop culture, and table tennis with professional players featured with the Harris-Houston County Sports Authority ahead of the 2021 World Table Tennis Championships in Houston.

Back by popular demand, the night market beer garden has returned, offering a larger selection of Asian beers as well as street food by. Twin Peppers and Avoid Japanese cuisine for the sold-out crowd. Guests also received free entry to the exhibition Divine Spark: Kana Harada; K-pop dance by KLOVR, Wonder box, and Yuphorie; and games and activities for all ages at the Korean-inspired lounge Overnight in Seoul carnival.

First American national bank A long-standing supporter of the Asia Society Texas Night Market and other arts and culture programs. Night market sponsors include Divya and Chris Brown, Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty, Puranik Foundation, The Southwest Management District, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation, with The Cho Family Charitable Fund on behalf of the Houston Korean Education Center provide support to the Overnight in Seoul carnival. Further support came from Chow Down in Chinatown, Jusgo supermarket, Teri and Jeff Lee, International management district, and Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston.

Drawing inspiration from the street markets of East and Southeast Asia, the Asia Society Texas annual night market celebrates Houston’s Asian and Asian American communities while engaging visitors through exhibits. stimulating and activities for all ages. The next night market is scheduled to take place in the fall of 2022.

Previous Night Market Events

2020: Virtual night market
2019: Highlights | Details
2018: Highlights | Details
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About Asia Society Texas

Asia Society Texas believes in the strength and beauty of diverse perspectives and people. As an educational institution, we advance cultural exchange by celebrating Asia’s vibrant diversity, inspiring empathy and fostering a better understanding of our interconnected world. Spanning the fields of arts, business, culture, education and policy, our programming is rooted in the educational and cultural development of our community – trusting in the power of art, dialogue and ideas. to fight prejudices and build a more inclusive society.