Tirgan, the world’s largest Iranian festival, is making its summer return to the Harbourfront Centre to bring you a weekend of arts and culture showcasing Iranian diversity. Some of the highlights include a performance by Vancouver Pars National Ballet, short films by Shirin Neshat (with a Q&A), learning to cook Iranian cuisine with Najmieh Batmanglij, and a variety of art projects happening all weekend long. Click here for the full itinerary.
This year’s edition of UNITY Festival is a little flashier than those in years past.
The annual festival is put on by UNITY Charity, which works in communities across the country to help at-risk young people channel their anger and frustration into the arts. The festival is a four-day celebration of the organization’s work. This year, UNITY participants will get to both open for and perform in front of some of their heroes, including MC Talib Kweli, who will be playing a free show at Yonge-Dundas Square on Saturday night, and beatboxing legends Rahzel and Scratch.
Riverdale Farm, a beloved hotspot for families and schools, was recently in danger of being closed down. Luckily, the farm was allowed to power on, but not without the help of the community. The Riverdale Farm Stewardship Group is holding a fundraiser in the hopes of collecting $25,000. It’s an opportunity to support the farm and spend an evening with neighbours.
Comedy and partying: what more could you ask for? Mammalian Diving Reflex, the zany performance company, is celebrating their 20th year with a giant party at Gladstone. On the agenda: playing socialist games, a dance party that’ll stretch into the late hours of the night, cake, dares, and…free haircuts.
The horror fiends at Rue Morgue have paired up with Entertainment One for July’s CineMacabre, presenting a free screening of Adam Wingard’s You’re Next. Follow a wealthy family on a weekend trip to their country mansion where, naturally, they’re preyed upon by a group of killers donning animal masks. If an on-screen bloodbath isn’t tempting enough, there will also be all sorts of prizes up for grabs. Arrive early, seating isn’t guaranteed!
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged is back again for a three-day stretch of hilarious insanity. For the uninitiated, this performance does exactly what’s promised in its name. It performs all of Shakespeare’s 37 plays in just 87 minutes. It sold out all last summer so consider picking up your tickets while you can.