Events in Saint John

2016 Saint John Events


Asian Heritage Month Opening Ceremony - FREE


April 30, 2016, 2 PM, Market Square Atrium




Join the Asian Heritage Society of NB-Saint John chapter to celebrate Asian Heritage Month with the city’s diverse Asian Canadian community. Enjoy an afternoon packed with cultural performances, displays and food – featuring Chinese Waist Drum Dance, K-pop, Indian Garbha (stick dance), a martial arts demo, and much more!


Asian Heritage Art Exhibit - FREE


May 1-31, 2016, Saint John Free Public Library and Kennebecasis Valley Public Library




Traditional and contemporary works by local artists of Asian descent will be on display during the month of May at the Saint John Free Public Library and Kennebecasis Valley Library in Quispamsis.


Lunch 'n' Learns - FREE


May 4, 10, 11, 18, 2016 @ 12 PM, Saint John Public Library (main), Kennebecasis Valley LibrarySJ Public Library (West), SJ Public Library (East), respectively


Lunch ‘n’ Learn sessions on Asian culture will be held at four public libraries in Saint John and Kennebecasis.


 May 14, 2016, 11 AM-2 PM, Corner Stone Baptist Church





Learn how to make items from a variety of Asian culinary traditions in this free, hands-on food workshop.


My Name is Dakhel Faraj (play)/Asian Heritage Cultural Gala - FREE

May 29, 2016, 6:30 PM, Saint John High School




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.

The evening will close with dance and musical performances from local Asian Canadian artists.


Month of May


Free Admission to all the events.




1. Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony Saint John

Date Sunday, May 3
Time 2:00 to 5:00 PM
Location Market Square Atrium

Celebrate the official launch of Asian Heritage Month in Saint John with an afternoon of cultural performances, interactive displays, booths and food. Winners of the 2014 Progression Award from the Saint John Community Arts board, our Saint John chapter has an excellent roster of events planned for this May.


2. Art Exhibit on Peking Opera 

Art Exhibit Saint John

Date Month of May

Monday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday 10:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday1 0:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Location Saint John and Kennebecasis Valley Free Public Library, 1 Landing Court, Quispamsis, N.B.

Perking Opera is a form of theatrical art which tells stories from Chinese history and folklore using music, acrobastic dance and spectacular costumes. Actors represents personages from the heroic divine and animal worlds, often in martial exploits.

Ms. Kong Bo is a retired Chinese Army Officer now residing in Saint John. Having performed with the Chinese Military Arts and Performing Troupe for over 30 years, she has portrayed many Perking Opera figures as depicted in the exhibit.


3. Asian Heritage Gala

Asian Heritage Gala Saint John

Date Sunday, May 24th

7:00 PM Onwards

Location Dennis Knibb Auditorium, Saint John High School, 170-200 Prince William Street

Enjoy exciting dance and musical performances from across Asia. Over 200 volunteers and performers work hard to make Saint John's Gala one of the most anticipated local cultural events of the year. Troupe Layalina will also bring some Lebanese flavour from Montreal, so if you miss them in Fredericton be sure to catch them here.



1. Art Culinary Workshops


Date Sat, May 9th and 16th
Time 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

May 9th - St. John Stone Church, 87 Carleton Street

May 16th - Thai Pho, 165 Union Street


2. Lunch & Learns on Asian Health & Wellness

Date Wed, May 13th and 20th
Time 12:00 PM

May 13th - Kennebecasis Free Public Library

May 20th - Saint John Free Public Library


For more information about any of the events of workshops contact Dr. Li-Hong Xu, AHSNB-SJ Chair: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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