Energetic Crowd Enjoys Exhibition, K-pop, Food, Shopping, and More at Asia Society's Night Market

HOUSTON, November 11, 2019 — About 3,500 guests enjoyed a crisp autumn evening of tasty food, upscale shopping, and more at Asia Society Texas Center's annual Night Market 2019 presented by American First National Bank.

In its seventh year, Asia Society's Night Market presented a curated selection of more than 40 local vendors and artisans who sold food, home goods, apparel, and art, lining the lawn and filling the building's grand hall and education center. Upstairs in Asia Society's building, a Japanese-style carnival returned for its second year, inviting guests of all ages to participate in different games, receive their names in Japanese, and have anime-style portraits drawn. Guests also enjoyed free admission to the exhibition Tsuruya Kōkei: Modern Kabuki Prints Revised & Revisited.

New this year, three dance groups energized visitors with K-pop dances and demonstrations. Crews Hues and Rocky and the A.T. performed, followed by a group lesson of the Chicken Noodle Soup Dance, taught by Lone Star College dance students.

Outside on the lawn, the beer garden returned for its second year, featuring a wider selection of Asian beers and special culinary offerings by Café NatalieCordúa Catering by Churrasco's, Tony's, and Verandah.

American First National Bank has been a longtime supporter of Night Market and other art and cultural programs at Asia Society. Additional support for Night Market came from KrogerTexas Commission on the ArtsLori and Neal MartinDenka Wangdi and Gil CoelhoVan Cleef & ArpelsThe Taiwanese Heritage Society of Houston, Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office in Houston, and the Houston Korean Education Center. The event was co-chaired by Janae TsaiDenka Wangdi, and Michael Allen.

Drawing inspiration from street markets in East and Southeast Asia, Asia Society’s Night Market celebrates the vibrancy of Houston’s arts and food scenes, while also engaging people through thought-provoking exhibitions and family activities. The next Night Market is expected to take place in fall 2020.

View more photos in our Flickr album.


Previous Night Market events

2019 American First National Bank Night Market details
2018 — Asia Society's Night Market 2018 Draws Record Crowd as Guests Enjoy New Exhibitions, Beer Garden, Japanese-Style Carnival, and More
2018 American First National Bank Night Market event details
2017 — In Photos: Night Market
2017 American First National Bank Night Market event details
2016 — Guests Enjoy Tasty Fare, Cool Crafts, and New Art at Annual Asia Society Night Market
2016 American First National Bank Night Market event details
2015 — Night Market Draws Diverse Crowd and Celebrates New Exhibition Dedicated to Nature
2015 American First National Bank Night Market event details
2014 Night Market event details
2013 — Enormous Crowd Electrifies Night Market Atmosphere As Thought-Provoking Exhibitions Open
2013 Night Market event details


About Asia Society Texas Center

With 14 locations throughout the world, Asia Society is the leading educational organization promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among the peoples, leaders, and institutions of Asia and West. Asia Society Texas Center executes the global mission with a local focus, enriching and engaging the vast diversity of Houston through innovative, relevant programs in arts and culture, business and policy, education, and community outreach.


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