The Sanctuaries | Washington, DC


Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

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“Now You See Us: From Periphery to Presence” was a music and poetry showcase presented by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center in partnership with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Taking place on the precipice of the anniversary of 1947 Partition, the performances explored Central and South Asian diaspora narratives that are routinely marginalized within the broader cultural landscape of the United States. Through individual and collaborative performances at both the Kennedy Center and Tropicalia, artists highlighted themes such as Muslim folklore, mysticism, healing and diasporic cultural connection in the context of global history. 

The Sanctuaries was invited to create and perform original multicultural, multireligious pieces combining music, improvisation, and poetry.


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