May 18 - May 19, 2024

The Asian
Creative Festival

As we embark on our journey into the future, the Asian Creative Foundation is thrilled to announce the next chapter in our celebration of AAPI culture and creativity. Building upon the resounding success of the previous year's "Be Colorful" theme, we are proud to present the theme for the Asian Creative Festival 2024: "Empowering Creators, Sustaining Dreams."

May 18 - May 19, 2024

The Asian
Creative Festival

Discover how creators can achieve social reach and business success at our 'Empowering Creators, Sustaining Dreams' festival. Experts who've transformed their creativity into thriving careers will offer insights and practical advice. The industry thrives on collaboration. We're bringing together AAPI creative organizations, industry leaders, and seasoned creators to network, share knowledge, and foster collaborative projects.

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2023 recap

The 2024 Program

Day 1

10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Pier 57

Trusting Your Voice

In this program our speakers will dive into their creator journeys, how they found their creative voice and learned to trust it. Each of our speakers aspire to impact the world in different ways, building upon their unique backgrounds and professional experience.

12:30 pm - 02:00 pm
Pier 57

The Power of Capital

Looking to fuel your dreams and take your business to new heights? Let Renaissance be your community business partner in success!  Meet with our business advisors to unleash your full potential. Schedule a meeting during the ACF Festival and supercharge your business idea!

02:00 pm - 04:30 pm
Pier 57

origin(al) stories: creating something from nothing

Hear from local leaders on how they used creativity to build vibrant communities and meaningful connections to identity, history, and each other.

08:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Lume Studios, 393 Broadway

After Party - Celebrate Creativity 

Featuring performances by Jason Zhu, Jilliyeah, ÊMIA, MUVE, Sam Lee, and an Immersive Content Showcase featuring Ben Smith, Lily Hevesh, Sonderig Emily, VIncent Chan, Joyce Hasa

11:00 am - 06:00 pm
Chelsea Market Wine Vault

Creative & Craft Markets

Day 2

10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Pier 57

Making a living making things

What does it take to sustain yourself as a creative in our modern world? Join our panel of incredible speakers as they cover everything from building your brand to embracing the unknown to scaling your business to creating content, brand deals, and multiple revenue streams to putting a price on your value to focusing on your mental health, and everything in between.

1:30 pm - 02:30 pm
Pier 57

Creative Hackathon

Creative teams put their skills to the test by completing a creative brief in a one hour sprint. Join our live audience to watch them present their creative ideas (shark tank style) to a panel of judges.

03:00 pm - 05:30 pm
Pier 57 (Daffodil-Seahorse Combined Classroom)

Film Screening

11:00 am - 06:00 pm
Chelsea Market Wine Vault

Creative & Craft Markets

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2024 Speakers

2024 Films

Piano Theory

Diector Zach Han

In Sync

Director Eddie Shih

Seoul Switch: BTS Featurette

Director Liann Kaye

Lola Mama Nanay

Director Tyaela Nieves

Are The Oranges Sweet

Director Bethany Yeap


Director Banban Cheng

Guo Da Li

Director Regent Neo

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Past  Speakers


Gracia Goh

Domino Artist, Creator

Lily Hevesh

Host, Founders

Azn Americana

Founder & Lead Designer, Leche Studio

Barbiana Liu

Photo Creative

Mischelle Moy


Khyati Trehan

Deejay & Activist

Thanushka Yakupitiyage (Thanu)

Entrepreneur & Graphic Designer

Alyssa Nguyen

Co-Founder, Monkey King

Munzerin (Munzzy) Uddin and Harvey Wong

Executive Director/Pacific Island Film Festival; Board of Directors/Hālāwai

Stacey Onipa'a Young

CEO, Welcome to Chinatown

Vic Lee

Founder, SUBLIMA Jewelry

Kelly Bit

Host, Founders

Golden Guide


Joyce Hasa


Sondering Emily


Vincent Chan

Host, Creator

Ben Smith

Partner, Sunday Afternoon

Rich Tu

Founder, Stranger Creative

Steven Wakabayashi

Cofounder, Asset

Zipeng Zhu

Creative Director & Artist

Eric Lau

Design Lead, BCG

Sally Chung

Director, USA Today

Jenny Huang

Emmy-Winning Producer

Kim Thai

Founder, HAWJ Studio

Phim Her

Designer & Creative Director

So A Ryu

Creative Market Vendors

2024 Sponsors

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