Diwali Fest at Kaleidoscope 

July 23rd and 24th

We are looking forward to the City of Coquitlam’s Kaleidoscope festival; a weekend celebrating arts & culture on July 23 & 24!

On July 24, Diwali Fest will conduct a Rangoli Art workshop, Bhangra-Hip-Hop Dance Mashup and a Sari Wrapping tutorial and contest!

More info: http://www.coquitlam125.ca/schedule-kaleidoscope

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Culture Days at Port Coquitlam

Come join us for a Bhangra performance, Sari wrapping workshop & contest at

Culture Days Port Coquitlam!

Learn more at the Culture Days website.


Piya Behrupiuya (Twelfth Night)

October 11th to October 22nd

Commissioned by London’s Globe Theatre, The Company Theatre, one of Mumbai’s most innovative theatre groups, created a Bollywood-meets-Shakespeare musical adaptation of Twelfth Night. A runaway success, the contagiously joyful Piya Behrupiya has since been performed nearly 100 times across India and around the world. WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES.

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“Fun? Definitely. Accessible? Completely, even if you didn’t speak the language” — The Guardian

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The Magic Flute – Karen Flamenco

October 15th & 16th

This Diwali enjoy a one of a kind Dance Collaboration where cultural dance performances from Spain and India unite in Canada for Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Featuring the Story of Diwali of Good over evil and light over darkness and over 12 different dance performances showcasing flamenco, Kathak and many other Indian and fusion dance forms performed to live flamenco, live Classical Indian and recorded Bollywood music at the Vancouver playhouse. Artists include Karen Flamenco, Amika Kushwaha, Cassius Khan, Rohit Chokhani and many many more to be announced soon. 

www.karenflamenco.com

Oct 15 2016 – Saturday 7pm – Vancouver Playhouse Theatre

Oct 16 2016 – Sunday 2pm – Vancouver Playhouse Theatre

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Stories of Diwali

October 18th 2016

Central Library, 350 W Georgia St, Vancouver B.C.

The festival of Diwali is celebrated in many different ways across the South Asian region with a global message of light over darkness. This Diwali season, we invite you to join us for an inclusive, multicultural story telling celebration to explore the many traditions and stories associated with Diwali.


Diwali @ the Vancouver Central Library

October 19th 2016

Central Library, 350 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6B 6B1

Celebrate the sights and sounds of Diwali at an exciting music and dance performance. This event will feature colourful, fast-paced Indian dance performances to celebrate the 13th Annual Diwali Fest.

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Stories of Diwali

Vancouver Library South Hill Branch, 6076 Fraser St, Vancouver, BC V5W 2Z8

October 20th 2016

The festival of Diwali is celebrated in many different ways across the South Asian region with a global message of light over darkness. This Diwali season, we invite you to join us for an inclusive, multicultural story telling celebration to explore the many traditions and stories associated with Diwali.


Diwali at Renfrew Park Community Centre

October 22nd 2016

Come join us at Renfrew Park Community Centre on Oct 22 for Diya Painting (traditional Indian candles), Rangoli Painting, Henna and a Bollywood dance workshop!

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Diwali at the Fraserview Branch Library

October 22nd 2016

Celebrate the sights and sounds of Diwali at an exciting music and dance performance. This event will feature colourful, fast-paced Indian dance performances to celebrate the 13th Annual Diwali Fest.


Diwali at Trout Lake Community Centre

Join us on Oct 23 at Trout Lake Community Centre for Diya Painting (traditional Indian candles), Henna, and a fun Bollywood dance workshop!

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Diwali at Henry Hudson

October 28th 2016

Henry Hudson Elementary PAC invites you to celebrate Diwali Night, a night full of music, dance and fireworks.

Free entry for Hudson students, families and staff.

Donations to the Hudson PAC accepted at the door.

Presented in association with Diwali Fest.

Diwali Downtown Vancouver – Free / Donation Only

Diwali Downtown is the festival’s main event and a key attraction for our festival sponsors, drawing thousands of attendees from all demographics for a South Asian cultural extravaganza. Diwali Downtown brings together the best of contemporary and classical Indian culture for the entire family. This year’s event will include over fifteen unique music and dance performances, an Indian style bazaar (marketplace) featuring South Asian crafts and food. A room-sized Rangoli is a signature feature of Diwali Downtown – Vancouver.

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The Elephant Wrestler

November 1st to November 5th

The contradictions of modern India, with its iPhones and ancient gods, come alive in this funny and beautiful romantic thriller. Inspired by a traditional Indian fairy tale, The Elephant Wrestler follows a poor chaiwallah (tea seller) as he attempts to solve the interwoven mysteries of true love, tragedy, and joy. An international success earning rave reviews in New Zealand, Australia, Asia, and the US.

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“The feel-good production of the year” — New Zealand Listener

“Sheer brilliance… a joy to behold” —New Zealand Herald


Diwali Downtown Surrey – Free / Donation Only 

Diwali Downtown is the festival’s main event and a key attraction for our festival sponsors, drawing thousands of attendees from all demographics for a South Asian cultural extravaganza. Diwali Downtown brings together the best of contemporary and classical Indian culture for the entire family. This year’s event will include over fifteen unique music and dance performances, an Indian style bazaar (marketplace) featuring South Asian crafts and food.

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Diwali Fest Cooking Class November 7th

Food is a huge part of the Diwali holiday. We’re getting into the Diwali spirit through some exciting and tasty cooking classes, for small and affordable fees, to take place in the professional community kitchen at the Roundhouse.

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November 7th Class 1 – Pav Bhaji

Pav Bhaji is one of the most popular Indian street foods. A simple dish consisting of a vegetable curry made from mashed potatoes and spices complemented with buttery rolls. Join us for a cooking demo and learn how to make this Mumbai favorite! 
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Photo Source: Veg Recipes of India 

Sultans of the Street – October 29th to November 13th

Four children from different worlds – two who want new kites and two with the simple wish to attend school – are trapped in a world of begging on the streets of Kolkata, India. Dressed as gods, they bless the generous and threaten to curse those who are not. Together, they must work to escape servitude and set a course for a new life. In association with Carousel Theatre.

Sultans of the Street is recommended for ages 6 and up.

Use promo code ‘DIWALI’ to receive $5 off your ticket!

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Diwali Fest Cooking Class November 13th

Food is a huge part of the Diwali holiday. We’re getting into the Diwali spirit through some exciting and tasty cooking classes, for small and affordable fees, to take place in the professional community kitchen at the Roundhouse.

Register Here

November 13th Class 2 – Papdi Chaat

canapé wafers with potatoes, peas, yoghurt and various chutneys. 
Papdi chaat is often prepared and consumed at mobile food stalls in India. It is most popular in the northern region of the country. 
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Brothel #9

November 17th to November 27th

Produced and presented by Touchstone Theatre as a part of Diwali Fest.

Brothel #9 premiered at the Factory Theatre in Toronto in February 2011 and won the 2011 Dora Award for Outstanding New Play and the Carol Bolt Award for Playwrights. Anusree Roy was also the recipient of the 2011 Siminovitch Prize Protégé Award and was selected as a drama finalist for the 2012 Governor General Literary Awards. The play opens with a young woman named Rekha arriving in Calcutta, expecting to begin work in a light-bulb factory. She quickly discovers, however, that she has actually been sold to a pimp named Birbal by her own brother-in-law. When she pleads to go back to her village, Birbal threatens her with violence and tells her matter-of-factly that he will easily be able to track her down if she tries to escape. In these conditions, Rekha is forced to shape her own destiny and find inner liberty very much like the spirit of Diwali. Roy’s play has been lauded for its rich and complex characters, its unflinching look at horrific human experience, and its well-crafted structure. Cast from the local pool of South Asian actors, Brothel #9 will run for two weeks at the Vancity Culture Lab in November 2016, directed by Katrina Dunn.

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Chai House Coquitlam

After sold out events in Vancouver and Surrey, Diwali Fest is excited to co-present one of their signature events: Chai House in the City of Coquitlam. Scaled to suit the multicultural demographic and in collaboration with the TriCity India Heritage Arts & Culture group, we invite you to join us for a South Asian themed cabaret style evening featuring classical, Bollywood and contemporary dance and classical live music performances. And oh yes, lots of chai and samosas to keep you warm! Performers include Bollywood dance by Karima Essa, Bharatnatyam performance by Arno Kamolika, spoken word and Tabla performances by Diwali Fest Youth performers, Bollywood Belly Dance by Get Bent Dance & Yoga School, a classical Indian music performance by Tom Hunter, a live music performance by Raga Mantra Trio, and more.    

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Bhopal by Rahul Varma

November 21st 2016

A staged play reading of this world renowned critically acclaimed play. Rahul Varma will be physically present and there will be a Q & A afterwards. Directed by Rohit Chokhani who will be facilitating the Q and A.

Cast: Manoj Sood *, Aliza Vellani *, Yasmin Abidi *, Kayvon Khoshkam *, Nadeem Phillip *, Ashley Rose and Munish Sharma.

Sonya Labonté, a Canadian doctor working in Bhopal, India has incriminating evidence that a pesticide company is polluting the environment and causing deformities in babies. The Indian government orders her to stop her research or face deportation. Will Labonté give in or continue her search for justice?

Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the worst industrial disaster the world has ever seen, The Bhopal disaster claimed over 25,000 lives and currently affects nearly 500,000 people with neurological and respiratory sickness, birth defects, disability and malformation among children. The play is a reminder that the frequency of industrial disasters is on the rise all over the world with recurring accidents of oil spills, pipeline leaks, dumping of hazardous chemicals and closer to home, the recent disaster at Lac-Mégantic.

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“* The participation of these Artists are arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance OperaTheatre Policy.”