9th Annual Knox Asian Festival

HISTORY
The Asian Culture Center of TN (ACCTN) was founded in 2014 with the aim of promoting culture, diversity, and unity in the community. There is so much that a community benefits from every time there is a cultural event organized. People not only develop an open mind about other people and their cultures, but the host community also becomes a center of interest for individuals and organizations looking to boost the economic capacity of that particular community. Therefore, as a highly focused organization interested in developing cultural diversity and understanding in our Tennessee community, we have strongly focused on popularizing the Asian culture, which has grown popular in the area.

What’s Happening in 2022

The 9th Knoxville Asian Festival is going to be on August 28th, at the World’s Fair Park from 10 AM till 6 PM. We also have Knox Asian Film Festival on Aug 27th at Central Cinema.
Asian Flags
Similar to previous years, the 2022 Asian Festival features authentic traditional food vendors representing Asian Cultures such as Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Korea, China, Japan, Philippines, Bangladesh, Pakistani, and Vietnam.

The Asian Cultural Parade starts at 10 AM at the water fountain on the park lawn and ends at 10:30 AM at the Amphitheater stage. Our new project this year is to sing “We are the World” after the parade. Clayton-Bradley Academy in Maryville will bring a student Orchestra.

Performances

We are especially proud of the featured performance art that includes traditional Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, and Philippine dance & music.

For the first time, we will have traditional Indonesian Music: Angklung, which is one of the most famous instruments in Indonesia. It is made up of a number of bamboo tubes fixed on a bamboo frame.

We also showcase various martial arts demonstrations, Thailand Traditional Dancers from Washington DC, K-Pop and J-Pop performances, Kimono Show, a bonsai exhibition, a cosplay contest, a Japanese tea ceremony, and the Japanese drum group, Taiko Drum, from Disney World, and Korean Fan Dancers from GA. You can learn a Japanese summer dance. Many of our artists will travel to Knoxville from all over the country and from various Asian countries to participate in this year’s festival. 1,250 seats will be available under the Amphitheater tent for the big stage performances.

Education

The Asian Festival also includes a strong educational component. We recently implemented “Asian World,” where visitors travel through various booths that are named after Asian cultural interactive activities and feature traditional foods and art for each one. Children and adults will receive a stamp on their festival passports for each cultural booth visited. Everyone is encouraged to visit all cultural booths to learn about the diversity of cultural traditions.

Asian Film Festival

Another new project this year is the Asian Film Festival at Central Cinema on August 27th. We will show:
1. The documentary Far East Deep South, which zooms in on the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act and its profound impact on generations. It’s an eye-opening film.
2. Taiwan Documentary Pakadavai, in which you can learn about Taiwan tribes.
3. Rashomon, the first Japanese film to receive a significant international reception
4. Memories of Murder, a 2003 South Korean crime thriller film co-written and directed by Bong Joon-ho.
5. The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, a documentary about Studio Ghibli.

Check the Central Cinema website for more info: https://centralcinema865.com/production/asian-film-festival-2022/

2022 Asian Film Festival Poster
2022 Tshirt
Order T-Shirt of Winning 2022 Poster Design

Congrats to Jamie Matsuura, winner of this year’s poster contest! T-shirts featuring the design are $20 and can be ordered online now, or at the festival on August 28th.

Prohibited Items & Rules
  • No motorized vehicles or scooters (unless necessary for persons with disabilities)
  • No picnic supplies or coolers
  • No outside food/beverage or alcohol
  • No skateboards, bicycles, skates, skate shoes
  • No tents, canopies
  • No firearms, laser pointing devices or weapons of any kind
  • No remote-controlled vehicles or aircrafts, including drones
  • No stickers
  • No soliciting
  • No unauthorized vendors will be allowed

All attendees and their bags/belongings are subject to search and prohibited items will be removed at the discretion of security staff.

Please Register for FREE Festival today for your chance to win ONE FREE RAMEN Bowl from the Ramen bones food truck who serves authentic Japanese Ramen noodles. 30 registered participants will be selected at random.