This September marks the second East And South East Asian (ESEA) Heritage in the U.K. Groups across the country are celebrating ESEA heritage, culture, history and everything in between via a programme of events.
It’s a chance to celebrate, acknowledge and learn about the incredible ways in which these communities have helped to shape the UK.
The Liverpool ESEA Network have organised supper clubs, a cabaret, film screenings, and a silent protest to celebrate this year’s Heritage Month. Below are just three of the events.
Peaceful silent protest
When: Saturday 17th of September
Where: 10am gathering at the steps outside Liverpool One, for an 11am start.
Who: Everybody is welcome.
This is a response to the rise in anti-Asian hate crime which increased by 300% during the pandemic. ESEAs were held up as scapegoats, and pre-Covid prejudice was brought to light. Even as they have become increasingly vulnerable and abused, they have remained overlooked as a community.
Historically, ESEAs are often overlooked, cast aside and misrepresented. By gathering publicly, the invisible and silent ESEAs hope to be seen and supported.
Chinese – Friday 23rd September, 7pm
Malay – Saturday 24th September, 7pm
Thai – Sunday 25th September, 7pm
Where: Princes Park area, address disclosed upon booking
Tickets £35 per person
Experience an exquisite six course home cooked meal in a beautiful home near Princes Park, hosted by a local chef of that culture. Each evening, you’ll explore a different cuisine from ESEA. The evening will involve interactive cooking and traditional games played in the region.
Full menus: https://tinyurl.com/y5uxx8ya
Film screening – Whose Homeland?
Where: FACT , 88 Wood Street, L1 4DQ
When: Tuesday 27th September, 6pm
Tickets £10, booking advised
SineScreen and the Liverpool ESEA network take over FACT to show a collection of films by ESEA filmmakers.
About the organiser:
Liverpool ESEA Network was formed in September 2021 to mark East and South East Asian Heritage Month #ESEAHM2022. We are a group of creative practitioners from Liverpool and the surrounding areas.
Our aim is to increase the visibility of our representation in Liverpool and the UK through open discussions, art, performance, protest and workshops. Since our founding we have held regular meet-ups for listening, sharing and healing.