FUN, SUN AND SOUTH ASIAN VIBRANCE IN BRAMPTON – JULY 27 AND 28, 2018
You only need to be a fan of music, art or dance or just be a summer festival enthusiast!
The non-profit group, Arts and Culture Initiative of South Asia (ACISA), is gearing up to entertain the crowds of Brampton, Mississauga and surrounding cities, with Vibrant Brampton, a free two-day festival that is taking place at Sheridan College Grounds, Davis Campus in Brampton on July 27 and 28. Apart from performing arts, ACISA will be also be presenting a two-week long Visual Arts of South Asian (V.A.S.A. – Arts Festival), titled Colours of South Asia, which will run from July 15 to 28 at Beaux Arts in downtown Brampton. The festivals have several components including hands on workshops, Q & A Panel discussions, a pre-event party and a Gala reception at Brampton City Hall Conservatory on July 26th.
An Indo-Jazz Bollywood dance show choreographed by Shiamak Dance Toronto and a classical and fusion kathak performance by the talented Panwar Dance Group are some of the components of the festival. Award-winning Indian classical dancer Enakshi Sinha together with Flamenco dancer, Tamar Ilana will be presenting yet another fusion arts performance and Danseuse, Gunja Chakravarty and her team is set to wow the crowds with their Bharatnatyam-contemporary blend through Gunja’s brand, Nrityadeep.
This free and open festival will have the crowds dancing and humming to old and new songs in numerous languages from bands and individual artists from the GTA like Harpreet Dhillon, Punjabi youth singing sensation, Kamal UK, Indo-Canadian Bollywood heartthrob Parichay, along with Saregama semifinalist Sumana Ganguly. Juno nominated artist, Tony Singh will perform with his band Sirens of Shanti, while the band, KARMA, of Lost Again fame will ‘wow’ the crowds with an East and West mix of music. International multi-talented artist, Miraya and Punjabi artist Jassi Kaur will regale the crowds with their popular numbers.
“This year, ACISA is ensuring that the 15 days of the celebration of Arts and Culture is a real treat to the community! Whether you like to dance to the beats of Bollywood or sway to diverse music, get a taste of mouth-watering South Asian cuisine or buy a souvenir, it will be a festival to remember this summer,” says Festival chairman Sandeep Prabhakar.
Celebrity hosts for this year’s festival include Jake Dheer, Amin Dhillon, Annie Koshy and Nav Nanwa. Svetlana Lazareva, Director Communications added, “This year we have over 200 artists from a variety of cultural backgrounds celebrating arts and culture”.
Admission is free.
MOSAIC FESTIVAL IN MISSISSAUGA – AUGUST 3 AND 4, 2018
TD MOSAIC Festival is a free multi-Disciplinary arts festival that will take place at Celebration Square in Mississauga on August 3 and 4, 2018. It is the oldest festival of its kind in Mississauga and now in its 13th year, some of the biggest names in South Asian entertainment from around the world will be present to entertain the crowds.
Organized by an executive committee consisting of 11 members, Mosaic Festival is a presentation of Canadian Community Arts Initiative, a nonprofit organization registered in Ontario. Mosaic won the prestigious “Festival of the Year” award for 2017 at Mississauga Arts Council’s annual Marty’s Gala and Award ceremony.
Admission is free.
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GERRARD INDIA BAZAAR’S FESTIVAL OF SOUTH ASIA – AUGUST 18 AND 19, 2018
Gerrard India Bazaar’s 16th TD Festival of South Asia 2018 will take place on August 18 & 19, 2018, embracing multidisciplinary arts and foods from all the countries in South Asia. Literary Arts, Visual Arts, Performances and Live Music will be presented on stage all weekend.
One of Toronto’s oldest BIAs, formed in 1981, Gerrard India Bazaar is the largest main street marketplace of South Asian goods and services in North America and is self-sufficient to meet all the daily needs including, food, clothing, medicine, shopping.
Admission is Free.