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Through music, dance, theatre, cinema, literature, visual arts, food and crafts, Tirgan Festival highlights the richness of the contemporary and traditional art and culture of Iran.

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Events will be added to this schedule as they are confirmed.

Tirgan Opening Ceremony: Arash the Archer - An Operatic Narration

8:00pm –10:00pm

Arash the Archer is an operatic narration of one of the most well known Iranian myths, featuring operatic singing, orchestral music, theatrical elements, video and stage design.

Music

Theatre

Blurred Vision

10:00pm –11:00pm

Fresh off a major headline tour of the UK in 2012, Blurred Vision has been creating a buzz that has stretched across the world, culminating on our Redpath Stage during the Tirgan Festival.

Music

The Third Space

12:00pm – 8:00pm

The Third Space is a group exhibition focused on work that navigates the terrains of cultural transience. Canadian premiere!

Visual Arts

Lake View Market

6:00pm –12:00am

Our Lake View Market (formerly International Marketplace) features fab finds from all corners of the globe including old world crafts and new, unique designs. Choose from traditional artifacts, local, artisanal, eco-friendly, fair trade products and more!

Shopping

World Café

6:00pm –12:00am

The best cuisine from around the world, offering unique and fun dining experiences!

Food

Rana Mansour and Karmandaan

7:30pm – 8:30pm

Rana Mansour and Erwin Khachikian proudly present their artistic collaboration at this year's Tirgan Festival. Rana and Erwin will perform their original songs backed by the band Karmandan, Khachikian’s theatrical innovation. Canadian premiere!

Music

Love Stories of the Shahnameh

8:00pm – 9:00pm

Love Stories of the Shahnameh is based on epic poems from Ferdowsi's Shahnameh (“Book of Kings” – Iranian National Epic), one of the masterpieces of Persian literature, retelling the tales of “Shirin & Khosrow,” “Bahram & Arezoo” and “Sohrab & Gordafarid.”

Dance

Music

Theatre

Sepideh Raissadat and Magham Ensemble

8:30pm – 9:30pm

Magham is a musical term; considered to have two different meanings in the eastern world: “Song” and “Mode”. To create their repertoire Sepideh and the Magham Ensemble have concentrated on the latter concept, musical modes of Iranian regional music, rather than the songs.

Music

Maneli Jamal

9:00pm – 9:30pm

Maneli Jamal is a guitar virtuoso who combines his nomadic life stories into musical movements while trying to make his solo guitar sound like multiple instruments.

Music

Collection of Short Films by Shirin Neshat

9:00pm –10:30pm

Join us for a screening of short films by director Shirin Neshat. Canadian premiere!

Film

Ajam

9:30pm –10:30pm

Ajam's live performance will encapsulate a variety of performance styles inspired by music and rituals that are rooted in Iran. Canadian premiere! Claire Martin, award winning senior meteorologist for CBC News Toronto and The National, will host.

Music

Saye Sky

10:30pm –11:00pm

Saye Sky is an Iranian rap artist and LGBTQ rights activist.

Music

Neemeha

11:00pm –11:45pm

Neemeha will perform a collection of energetic and exotic pop songs.

Music

DJ Taba - Radio Javan

11:45pm – 2:00am

Radio Javan will host two nights of high-energy dance events with one of its most popular DJs, DJ Taba.

Dance

Music

Lake View Market

10:30am –12:00am

Our Lake View Market (formerly International Marketplace) features fab finds from all corners of the globe including old world crafts and new, unique designs. Choose from traditional artifacts, local, artisanal, eco-friendly, fair trade products and more!

Shopping

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