Diwali Fest opened October 11 with the Western premiere of Piya Behrupiya (Twelth Night) and runs until November 30. Anusree Roy’s Brothel #9 opens November 27 at the Vancity Culture Lab at The Cultch. It ends November 27. It is about the power of the human spirit and its ability to triumph in the face of corruption and suffering. “Chai House”, a South Asian-themed, cabaret style evening will take place at the Evergreen Cultural Centre in Coquitlam November 20. That evening will also feature Bollywood dancer Karima Essa, a Bharatanatyam performance by Arno Kamolika, and spoken word and Tabla performances by Diwali Fest Youth Performers, Bollywood Belly Dance by Get Bent Dance & Yoga School, a classical Indian music performed by Tom Hunter and a live music performance by Raga Mantra Trio. There is also a staged reading of Bhopal by Canadian playwright Rahual Varma.
Canadian playwright Rahul Varma to Diwali Fest will read from his play Bhopal at the Firehall Arts Centre on November 21 at 8pm. He will take questions after his reading. Tickets for this event are pay-what-you-can at the Firehall Arts Centre.
For more information on Diwali Fest, please visit www.diwalifest.ca