Upcoming Events in Pittsburgh Celebrating Asian Culture!

The organizations I’m affiliated with are running a whole slew of cool events for anyone in Pittsburgh or looking for a reason to come here.

The first event will be the Silk Screen Launch Party on August 31, 2016, in anticipation of the upcoming film festival.  It will be held from 5PM-7:30PM at Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse on Spring Garden Avenue.  For $25, you get dinner, participation in a raffle, and the opportunity to check out some of the trailers for the films we have selected for the film festival to be held in September.  More details and tickets are available at this link:


Next on the calendar are three events nearly back to back, and for those outside of the area, maybe this is your chance to come to Pittsburgh for a week or two to take in the local sites and attend some of these unique events:

On September 10, 2016, the Pittsburgh Japanese Culture Society, which is the organization that runs the multiple local anime conferences, will be holding their first annual Black Tie Gala at Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall.  The event starts at 7PM for general attendance, 6PM for a VIP cocktail hour, and it is black tie or cosplay.  The $120 ticket includes dinner, live music and a voice actor or two.  Tickets can be purchased at this link:



Then on September 15, 2016, Silk Screen Asian Arts Organization is throwing their colorful Red Carpet Gala at the Omni William Penn Hotel to kick off the 11th annual Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival.  The event is formal or ethnic attire, and your $100 ticket includes a buffet of ethnic food, a silent auction, a fashion show, a DJ and more film trailers.  I think the ticket price goes up closer to the event, so be sure to get yours early to take advantage of the price.


Finally, the 11th annual Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival will be held between September 16th through September 25th at a few centrally located venues.  The final film selection list has yet to be announced, but we had some good submissions, and I’ll publish the link when they are finalized along with my personal recommendations.  General information about the upcoming festival can be found here:






About Lady Xiansa

Lady Xiansa is a writer, linguist, artist, and dancer. She has been a core volunteer for the Silk Screen Asian Arts Organization since 2007 and has provided content for Pitt JCS anime events since 2011. She has taught both ESL and Beginning Korean. Her novel, The Haunting at Ice Pine Peak, won the Bronze Award for Young Adult Fiction E-book in the 2016 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards.
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