Around the World: Kazuo Ishiguro Reading with Inprint, the Smithsonian's Mother Tongue Film Festival, and More
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Asia Society at Home
Each week, we'll share a variety of videos, articles, webcasts, and more from around the web — all curated by the Asia Society Texas Center staff to reflect the broad interests and goals of our mission. In this digest, immerse yourself in music, dance, and more by innovative performing artists.
Mother Tongue Film Festival
The Smithsonian's Mother Tongue Film Festival celebrates cultural and linguistic diversity by showcasing films and filmmakers from around the world, highlighting the crucial role languages play in our daily lives. The festival premiered online on February 21, but screenings run monthly through May.
Indo-American Association of Houston 2021 Season
Each year, the Indo-American Association presents a series of cultural performances showcasing the performing arts of South Asia. In February, they announced their newest season, which will feature a series of virtual events, shifting back to in-person programming when feasible. Their next upcoming event is titled Nari Shakti — Breaking the Glass Ceiling, and will feature three outstanding female artists: Esha Bandyopadhyay on vocals, Mita Nag on sitar, and Rima Siva on tabla.
Inprint Kazuo Ishiguro Reading
Nobel Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro will give a short reading from his new novel Klara and the Sun, followed by a conversation with fiction writer Jim Shepard. This livestream event, part of the 40th anniversary 2020/2021 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series, is presented in partnership with Arts & Letters Live.
The reading will be live-screened on Inprint's website on March 7 at 5 p.m.; registration is $30 (includes a copy of the book).
Minyo Crusaders: Tiny Desk (Home) Concerts
This January, NPR's Tiny Desk collaborated with globalFEST to present 16 artists from across the world in home concerts for a digital edition of the annual international music festival. One of our favorite picks is Minyo Crusaders, who combine traditional Japanese folk songs with Latin, African, and Caribbean rhythms: “Min'yō folk music was originally sung by Japanese fishermen, coal miners and sumo wrestlers hundreds of years ago, and the Minyo Crusaders are on a mission to make these songs relevant to an international audience.”
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