Touted as the world’s largest Iranian festival, Tirgan showcases the richness and diversity of Iranian culture.
This year, Tirgan explores the idea of “hope” and highlights humanity’s ability to persevere, overcome and survive. Tirgan also places a special focus on women and the important contributions women have made to Iran’s cultural mosaic. Iranian contemporary arts are shaped in part by members of society whose voice may not be heard, whose image was taboo and whose legal standing was half of their male counterparts. Throughout history, Iranians have had their share of natural and self-inflicted devastations, yet there is no more powerful indication to hope than artistic and cultural heritage.
Festival highlights include:
Tirgan opening ceremony - a musical collage that incorporates operatic singing, theatrical elements, video and stage design showcasing one of the most well-known Iranian legends, Arash the Archer;
A performance by Vancouver Pars National Ballet with folk and traditional Iranian dances;
A collection of short films by award-winning filmmaker, Shirin Neshat, along with a Q&A period;
And an opportunity to learn from the guru of Iranian cuisine, Najmieh Batmanglij.
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