Monsoon Performing Arts Festival will be held from August 5 to 31

VANCOUVER: The South Asian Arts Society has announced the dates, events, performances and schedule for the seventh annual Monsoon Festival of Performing Arts, August 5-31.

Our next festival marks a return to live events, after what seems like an eternity. We are sticking to our roots and presenting the premiere of a locally developed play…a site-specific play called Dooja Ghar (The Other House). It is based on the popular yet tragic Punjabi love story called Mirza Sahiban. We are very excited to kick off this year’s festival with this piece. We’re once again offering FREE workshops and dance classes throughout the month, and this year’s festival will culminate in an outdoor celebration in Vancouver’s historic Punjabi Market. Join us for the 7th year of the Monsoon Festival!said South Asian Arts Society executive director and Monsoon festival producer Gurpreet Sian.

Throughout August, the festival celebrates South Asian art around the world, offering a diversity of excellent programming options. Festival attendees will experience theatre, music and dance, a visual arts market, dance classes, fascinating developmental workshops and more.

FESTIVAL SHOWS and EVENTS

This year’s Monsoon Festival feature is the first of a theatrical production mounted exclusively for Monsoon 2022.

Dooja Ghar (The Other House) – A Story by Mirza Sahiban

Opening night – Friday August 5 and continuation on August 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14 (6 performances)

7:30 p.m.-9 p.m.

Campbell Valley Red Barn, 1065 224 St, Langley, BC

Tickets: $20 at monsoonartsfest.ca

The festival proudly presents a new interpretation of Mirza Sahiban of Pilu, which is one of the most popular tragic love stories in Punjab. Playwrights Paneet Singh and Andy Kalirai have crafted an illuminating reimagining of this age-old story for modern times – a version of the tale that’s much closer to home than you might think.

monsoon market

Launching August 5 and online until August 31, the Monsoon Festival website hosts the work of a range of talented visual artists, each offering their works for sale. monsoonartsfest.ca

Punjab Market LIVE!

Sunday August 28 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Punjabi Market: corner of Main Street and 49th Avenue in Vancouver (behind Tim Horton’s)

FREE

In partnership with the Punjabi Market Collective, Monsoon brings dance, music, visual arts, cuisine, fashion and more to the streets of Vancouver’s historic Punjabi Market for a free outdoor celebration! See monsoonartsfest.ca for more information.

Industry Series

Monsoon offers a series of community initiatives that are great opportunities for attendees to view art andimmerse themselves in the artistic process. Participants can sign up for a FREEdance lesson or workshop and spark their creativity.

Funday Sunday Dance Classes

Take more risks. Dance more dances!

On 3 Sundays in August, Monsoon’s free dance classes are led by renowned dance artists in a variety of different dance styles.

Wednesday workshops

Workshop Wednesdays are FREE community building workshops that provide a great opportunity to learn valuable skills from accomplished industry professionals. These workshops are an essential component of the Monsoon Festival of Performing Arts each year.

Wednesday August 10, 5-6:30 p.m.: Writing with Preeti: Sitting in the middle of transition

Directed by: Preeti Dhaliwal. (18 and over)

Online only, via Zoom

Free or on donation. No experience necessary. Registration required. Register at monsoonartsfest.ca

Capacity: 15. Participants are invited to ask questions for an additional 15 minutes at the end of the session.

Wednesday August 17, 6-8 p.m.: The Business of Art: Leadership, business acumen and daily practices for success! Directed by Leena Manro. (in person) (All ages welcome)

Versatile Creation, Suite 100 – 402 W Pender St., Vancouver, British Columbia.

Free or on donation. Registration required. Register at monsoonartsfest.ca

Capacity: 15. Participants are invited to ask questions for an additional 15 minutes at the end of the session.

All the details here: https://www.monsoonartsfest.ca/