Events in Fredericton

2016 Fredericton Events

Dessert Workshop - $15


May 14, 2016, 1-3 PM, Greener Village


Asia is known for its spicy and savoury foods, but its sweets pack just as much punch! Indulge your sweet tooth with a food workshop featuring desserts from three different regions in Asia. Tickets will be available at Mail N Mart after May 1 (1111 Regent Street).

Henna Party - FREE

May 22, 2016, 2-4:30 PM, Fredericton Public Library Art Gallery


For over 6000 years, dye from the henna plant has been used to decorate the body in South Asia, the Middle East, and parts of Africa. Join us for a henna party as part of Asian Heritage Month 2016. Learn about the history and traditions behind henna, bring a friend, and try it on each other with the help of our seasoned pros. Guys are welcome too!


My Name is Dakhel Faraj (Play) - FREE

May 28, 2016, 7 PM, Fredericton Playhouse


 My Name is Dakhel Faraj is the true story of an Iraqi refugee now living in Kitchener, who lived under Saddam Hussein’s regime and witnessed the killing of some of his own children and father by US soldiers during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. The play celebrates life, love, family, art, and condemns war.

Dakhel’s story reflects the lives of many Arab refugees who came to Canada and other countries during the war on Iraq. This unique production is told polyphonically in English, Arabic, and American Sign Language by three actors each representing Dakhel Faraj. The three Dakhels tell the narrative in collaboration and cooperation, and tell most of the story in each language – but certain things are left out, and nuances are unique to each voice. The element of challenge in this presentation is partially about not getting the whole story when people ‘think’ they understand a situation, a distant conflict, or what it is like to be a refugee or an immigrant.

My Name is Dakhel Faraj was written and directed by Syrian-Canadian theatre artist Nada Humsi, based on interviews with Dakhel Faraj.

KW-ACT is a collective of immigrant and refugee artists, which has been active since 2012 with support from the Kitchener-based multicultural theatre company MT Space.


Month of May

Free Admission to all the events.

1. Asian Heritage Month Official Lunch


Date Tuesday, May 5
Time 12:00 to 1:00 PM
Location Chickadee Hall, Fredericton Public Library, 12 Carleton

Asian heritage month opens on May 5 with the official lunch of the ExplorAsians Exhibition. Join us for welcoming remarks from government officials and community leaders, cultural performances, and a reception.

2. ExplorAsians Exhibition

Explore Asians

Date May 5th to May 31st

Monday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday1 0:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Location Chickadee Hall, Fredericton Public Library, 12 Carleton

The first Asian immigrants in New Brunswick were 'Syrians' arriving in the 1880s from present-day Lebanon. From humble beginnings as peddlers travelling the back roads of rural NB, Lebanese Canadians quickly established themselves as fixtures of local enterprise and in all aspects of civic life.

Learn what drew the Lebanese to "Amerka" in the late 19th Century, how the Ibrahims became the O'Briens, and how New Brunswick's modern Lebanese population relates to its identity as Canadians of Lebanese origin.

3. Film Project on the NB Lebanese Community

Film Project

Date May 23rd

7:00 PM

Location Fredericton Playhouse, 686 Queen Street

As a complement to our Exhibition, we're excited to partner with local filmmaker Alex Vietinghoff to produce a short documentary on the Lebanese community in New Brunswick. Watch and learn more about the diverse histories that make up the complex Canadian identity. We'll be showing the film at our Gala night and at Separate screenings (to be announced).

Alex Vietinghoff is a Fredericton-born documentary filmmaker and video editor. He studied journalism at St. Thomas University and works full-time at Outreach Productions. Alex loves telling stories in the visual medium and is excited to tell that of the local Lebanese community.

4. Asian Heritage Month Cultural Gala

Cultural Gala Fredericton

Date May 23rd

7:00 PM

Location Fredericton Playhouse, 686 Queen Street

You won't want to miss this year's Gala, featuring special guests Troupe Layalina from Montreal. You'll be treated to an energetic showcase of Lebanese and Middle Eastern dance - dabke, bellydancing, whirling dervishes and more. Local performers will mix it up with dance and music from China, Korea, the Phillippines, India, Iran and Nepal. As well, the evening will include a showing of our Lebanese film project.

Month of June

1. 'Taste of Asia' Food Workshops


Date June 26th and 27th


Location MCAF Cultural Expressions Festival, Officer Square

In partnership with the Multicultural Association of Fredericton, AHSNB will hold interactive Asian food demos in Officer Square during the Cultural Expressions Festival.

Fore more information regarding any of the events please contact Monica Sharma, Program Coordinator: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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