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Diwali Downtown right now. Masala Man says, "Check it out!"

A diya (oil lamp)

This past week was busy with so many great events: Board of Change (Tues), CCPAs 'Trouble with Billionaires' book launch (Wed), Development Drinks (Wed), PIVOT Passion for Justice (Thurs), FUSE @ VAG (Fri) and Media Democracy Day / eatArts partee shartee (last night).  And if you missed all this or want to have a masala day check out DIWALI DOWNTOWN (Diwali is the most auspicious / popular Indian festival - Festival of Lights)! All day TODAY there is unbelievable programming for our DIWALI festival at the Roundhouse Community Centre! So if you're looking for something to do today, do check it out!
Your friendly neighbourhood,
Masala Man
  Diwali Downtown

TODAY 12 to 6pm | Roundhouse | Free!

Our good friends Opreet, Raakhi, Mo and the rest of the Vancouver Celebrates Diwali team are bringing you the biggest event in their 7 year history!


Diwali Downtown: Schedule of Events



12:30 Welcome & Speeches

Opreet Kang – Chair of Diwali Celebration Society, Raj Hundal – Vancouver Parks Board Commissioner, The Honorable Gregor Robertson – Mayor of Vancouver, Deborah Freedman – Coast Capital Savings Yaletown Branch

1st Half Performances:

12:45  Vandna Sidher (Dance / Bharat Natyam)

1:00  Ta-Ki-Ta (Music / Indo-Jazz Celtic Fusion)

1:30  Aarti Pole, with Nanako Aranaki (Dance / Kathak & Flamenco)

1:45  Mohamed Assani (Music / Sitar & Tabla)

2:00  Lady Garba (Dance / Garba) - my girlfriend sisters group (they won Western Canadian Raas-Garba competition this year)!

2:15  Pocket Bhangra iPhone Orchestra (Music / Electronic)

2:25  Vidyasagar Vankayala (Music / Carnatic Vocal)

2:45  Shiamak’s Bollywood Indo-Jazz Dance (Dance / Bollywood)


2nd Half Performances:

3:35  Shan E Punjab (Dance / Youth Bhangra Team)

3:50  Babukishan Das Baul (Music / Bengal Gypsy)

4:15  Eric Hamber Dance (Dance / Youth Bhangra Team)

4:20  Shamik Bilgi & Ajay Kapur (Music / Beatbox & Electronic Sitar) - Ajay is amazing and comes to us all the way from California!

4:40  Fusion Drummers: Dhol Meets Taiko (Music / Drums)

4:50  UBC Girlz (Dance / Bhangra) - I will hands down say they are North America's best all-female bhangra team (and not cause I'm biased as my gf is in the group)!

5:00  Scheherazaad Cooper (Dance / Odissi)

5:15  BPM (Music / Hip Hop) - Roop, Nadia rock!!!


12:30 / 2:30 / 4:30 Tabla & Sitar: Sunny Matharu & Josh Feinberg

1:30 / 3:30 / 5:30   Bhangra Workshop: Raakhi Sinha & Gurpreet Sian


1:00pm / 2:00pm / 4:00pm / 5:00pm (5$ admission)

OTHER ACTIVITIES:     12pm – 6pm

Massive Rangoli (Multi-Purpose Room B)

Visual Arts Exhibit (Dance Studio)

Diya Painting / Mehndi Tattoos (1$ – 2$ donation / Gymnasium)

Face Painting sponsored by Coast Capital Savings  (Gymnasium)

Food & Craft Vendors (Various Locations / Gymnasium)

Honorable mentions:

Vancouver Asian Film Festival
! | Tinseltown & Praxis Theatres | Varied

The Vancouver Asian Film Festival Society (VAFF) is a not-for-profit organization that provides a forum for independent North American Asian filmmakers to showcase their work to both Asian and non-Asian audiences. The aim of VAFF is to foster an understanding and appreciation of today’s independent North American Asian filmmakers, while providing a springboard to larger film festivals. The society endeavours to represent the often ignored North American Asians caught between two cultures. The Vancouver Asian Film Festival Society will provide a cultural bridge between the Asian and non-Asian communities as well as the Asian communities themselves.

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Lotus Long Weekend
: Last Call For 2010
Wed Nov 10 9pm to late | Lotus : Lick : Honey | $15

SAT Nov 13 9pm-late | W2 | $15
MEGAHURTZ = A High Voltage A/V Event - 12 Live Artists/2 Rooms!

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