Events Schedule



This is the third year that Halifax joins other cities in Canada and the United States in celebrating Asian Heritage Month.  In sharing our heritage and culture with Nova Scotians we hope to promote better understanding and appreciation of the Asian Canadian community.



Official Opening Ceremony

Wednesday 1 May 5:30pm

Theatre Auditorium, Saint Mary's University

McNally Building, 923 Robie Street

Halifax, NS


The Asian Canadian community in the Halifax Regional Municipality will host the official opening to celebrate Asian Heritage Month. Deputy Mayor Robert Harvey will read the proclamation proclaiming May 2002 as Asian Heritage Month.

Several Asian organizations will present cultural performances. Displays will feature Asian artifacts.


Demonstration of Asian Healing Art

Friday 3 May 2-4 pm

Metropolitan Immigrant Settlement Association (MISA)

2131 Gottingen Street, Halifax, NS

Intended to promote relaxation and restore energy, Instructor: Yu Mei Chen, Individual Match Supervisor, Host Program, YMCA.


Lecture on Asian Artifacts in Nova Scotia Museums

Tuesday 28 May noon

Windsor Foundation Lecture Theatre

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

1723 Hollis Street, Gallery North, Halifax, NS

Using examples of silk, jade, ivory, porcelain

Lecturer: Dr. Marie Elwood

Dr. Elwood is the former Chief Curator of History, Nova Scotia Museum (1973-93). 1995-2002 Lecturer, Ns College of Art and Design, Department of Art History.


ASN Breakfast TV

May 8

Chinese Shinjiang Province children's folk dance


May 14


Korean cooking, Korean Association of Nova Scotia


Japanese Origami demonstration


Chinese Lion Dance



Special Displays

Library displays of Asian artifacts and/or library holdings throughout the month of May.


Spring Garden Road Memorial PUblic Library

5381 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, NS.


Patrick Power Library, Saint Mary's University

923 Robie Street, Halifax, NS.


Special Events at the

Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library


Adult Program 

Book Discussion Group

Wednesday 8 May 7pm

5381 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, NS

Book Group Selection

The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan

Call 490-5700 for required advance registration.

Space is limited.



Classic Movie Screenings

Films by Celebrated Japanese director Akira Kurosawa.

The films will be introduced by Saint Mary's University Anthropology professor Harold McGee,

who will also lead a discussion following the films.



Saturday 18 May 2pm

Rashomon (1950, 88 minutes)



Saturday 25 May 2pm

Ikiru (1952, 143 minutes)



Wednesday 29 May 7pm

Backpacking in South East Asia with Robert Wooden

Multimidea presentation with tips on your trip and how to plan it.




Special Events at the Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library


Children's Program

Origami for Children

Saturday 18 May 2pm

Japanese paper folding presented by the Youth Services Department



Preschool Puppet Show

Thursday 23 May

Two performances at 9:45 am and 10:30 am

The Golden Slipper

In the Cinderella tradition, a rags to riches story set in Vietnam