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Eid and Diwali Mehfil Chaihouse  

Oct 6, 2019

Himalaya Restaurant LTD

Hosted by Punjabi Market Concerned Group 


Join us for the Eid and Diwali Mehfil Chaihouse and help launch the Diwali in BC Festival as we celebrate unity and diversity of South Asian cultures, featuring artists who will present their work in a variety of languages at the backroom of the Himalaya Restaurant in the heart of the Punjabi Market on these occupied, traditional, ancestral, and unceded homelands of the as  Salish peoples – specifically the sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations.

For more information visit their Facebook Event : Eid and Diwali Chaihouse


TRANSFORM: A Cabaret Festival  

Oct 9, 2019

Multiple Venues 

Presented by The Cultch

Festival curated by Corey Payette & Heather Redfern / In collaboration with Urban Ink

Diwali night curated by Rohit Chokhani 

We are excited to bring Diwali in BC Celebrations to the Inaugural Transformed: Cabaret festival. Celebrate Diwali in BC with a multicultural evening of classical and contemporary South Asian dance and music that will push the boundaries of what is considered "cabaret.” Through dance and live musical performances, a diverse groups of artists will explore the parallels between Diwali and Indigenous culture and will also feature an african village experience and a festival Club night. 

Different activites are ticketed differently so please be sure to check out all the details while purchasing the tickets. 


7pm: Journey to South Asia and beyond - Historic Theatre 

9:15pm: The African Village Experience - Historic Theatre   


9:30pm: Club  - Cultch Lab 


Trace – SPOTLIGHT Dance Series

October 17, 2019

Red Sky Performance

Presented by Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre 

As a part of Diwali in Vernon festival 

Trace is a highly kinetic contemporary dance work inspired by Anishinaabe sky and star stories and offers a glimpse into our origins as well as our future evolution. Trace explores Indigenous connections with ancestral origins, tracing back to the very beginnings of the universe from the stars in the Milky Way to the atoms burning inside of in the here and now. It traces what has come before us, mapping the past, tracing our lineage, demystifying the secrets of our DNA, and uncovering the visible marks of what we leave behind, such as a footprint, a fossil or a scar.

About the Creator :

Red Sky Performance is at the forefront of contemporary Indigenous dance in Canada and worldwide, led by Artistic Director, Sandra Laronde. Since its creation in 2000, Red Sky has continued to deliver exceptional intercultural and multidisciplinary work that celebrates and uplifts Indigenous arts and culture in Canada. The company has toured all across Canada and has performed in internationally in 17 countries. Most notable landmark events include two Cultural Olympiads (Beijing and Vancouver), opened Canada at the World Expo (Shanghai), opened UNCEDED: Voices of the Land at the Venice Biennale, and most recently at Jacob’s Pillow in the USA.

Red Sky’s Artistic Director, Sandra Laronde is a highly accomplished arts innovator and cultural leader.

Diwali in Vernon 

Oct 14 – 19, 2019

Presented with the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre


We are thrilled to announce the 2nd inaugural Diwali in Vernon Festival 2019, taking place at multiple locations in Vernon. The Festival will culminate in a multicultural showcase of diverse artists from different backgrounds. Activities throughout the week shall include workshops, discussions, dance performances, musical performances, cultural activities, crafts and a wide range of other possibilities. Stay tuned for more details in September 2019. 


Week Long Mini-Festival in Vernon: 

October 14 : Festival Launch at 7 PM at the Okanagan Regional Library.


October 15 : Lantern Making workshop at the Vernon Community Arts Centre from 10 AM to 12 PM & 1 PM to 4 PM


October 16 : Kids Workshop from 3:30 PM at the Okanagan Regional Library

Date TBC : Kids Workshop from 3:30 PM at the Okanagan Public Library

Daily : Stars and Mythology at the Okanagan Science Centre Time : TBC

Daily : Rangoli activity at the Art Gallery Time : TBC

Date TBC: Pop up Performance at the Okanagan Regional Library from 2 PM.

MAIN EVENT : October 19th Evening - Final showcase at the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre

Diwali in Cranbrook

Oct 11, 2019

Presented by KEY City Theatre

We are excited to be presented for our inaugural year to bring Diwali in BC Celebrations to Cranbrook. This multi-cultural evening features local as well as touring artists who perform classical as well as contemporary dance and Live music performances from South Asia and beyond.  We will be curating the evening as well as be the host for this showcase of some of the best Canadian artists to share the spirit of Diwali with the community of Cranbrook, BC.  Stay tuned for the additional lineup announcements! Happy Diwali - Share your inner Spirit and Truth! 


Pre-Show Reception: 6pm 

Performances: 7pm 

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"It doesn’t matter who you are, or where you’ve come from, Take d Milk, Nah? is a must-see experience.”

—Toronto Caribbean

“You don’t want to miss Parasram’s show.”

— Mooney on Theatre


“[Parasram] is a gifted and endlessly watchable performer whose affable delivery and well-crafted stories generate frequent and sustained laughs”

— NOW Toronto

Take d Milk, Nah?

Oct 16-26, 2019


Pandemic Theatre (Toronto) | Rumble Theatre (Vancouver) | Presented with The Cultch | In association with Neworld Theatre (Vancouver)


Written & Performed by Jivesh Parasram.

Co-created with Tom Arthur Davis and Graham Isador.

Jiv is “Canadian.” And “Indian.” And “West Indian.” And “Hindu.” “Trinidadian” too. Or maybe he’s just colonized. In Take d Milk, Nah?, Parasram blends personal storytelling and ritual to walk an audience through the Hin-do’s and Hin-don’ts at the intersections of these cultures. The show is a refreshingly candid and delightfully funny look at race, religion, and nationalism(s): what divides us—and what we’re willing to accept in the desire to belong. Oh, and there’s a cow.


Oct 16, 7:30PM: Preview
Oct 17, 7:30PM: Opening
Oct 18-19, 22-26, 7:30PM
Oct 20, 2PM

Post Show Artist Talkbacks :
Oct 20, 22

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Diwali in DTES

Oct 30, 2019

Carnegie Hall


We are excited to partner with the the 16thAnnual DTES Heart of the City Festival, with the theme Holding the Light, which will take place Wed. Oct 30 to Sun. Nov 10, 2019. Diwali in BC will be presenting numerous multicultural and south asian performances for the opening of this uniquely mandated festival. Stay tuned for more details. 

For more information visit their website: Heart of the City Festival

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