The Asia Society Texas Center celebrated the opening of its marvelous new building with an open house and "first look" street festival that showcased the rich diversity of Houston's Asian community. Here are some highlights:
Young students of the Anjali Center for Performing Arts prepare for their South Indian folk dance.
Sri Lankan Folk Dance presented by the Consulate General of Sri Lanka draws a crowd.
A traditional Vietnamese lion grins at visitors entering the First Look Festival Pavilion.
Naniwa Tobi Dento Hozonkai draws a crowd with daring acrobatic techniques used by 19th century Japanese firefighters.
A member of the Naniwa Tobi Dento Hozonkai troupe pauses in a “leaf” pose.
Houston Grand Opera To Go! offers a selection from The Clever Wife, based on a Chinese folktale.
Two young festival-goers enjoy Islamic tile making presented by the Ismaili Community Engaged in Responsible Volunteering.
Space City Gamelan invites visitors to drum along with them to Javanese music.
Students of the Anjali Center for Performing Arts perform a South Indian folk dance.
Cameron McCarthy tells Australian Aboriginal tales with a didjeridoo.