Kiran Ahluwalia - LOVEFEST: Welcome the Stranger
LOVEfest is a musical response to hate crimes by Kiran Ahluwalia and other exceptional performers intended to create positive curiosity and appreciation of Sikh and Islamic life. The program features artforms that use age-old symbols of love to express a myriad of passions and features Temple music of Sikh India, modern Indo-Canadian music fused with desert blues, Arab music intersecting with Western sounds, and mesmerizing whirling dervishes of Egypt.
Employing three music groups and one dance group, LOVEfest will take the audience on an epic journey that includes Temple music of Sikh India; modern Indo-Canadian music fused with desert blues; Arab music intersecting with Western sounds; and mesmerizing whirling dervishes of Egypt.
LOVEfest will for the first time in North America, offer Sikh spiritual songs presented outside of the Sikh temple from Bhai Kabul Singh. Similarly, LOVEfest will also offer Tanoura Sufi dance by Yasser Darwish. Whirling Dervishes of Egypt is an art form largely unseen largely unseen in North America to date. Contrasting these two time-honored art forms will be two contemporary musical groups led by females: Kiran Ahluwalia — a two-time JUNO-winning vocalist, whose songs speak of the human condition as it relates to love and loss; and GRAMMY-winning Souad Massi, one of the most recognized singer-songwriters from the Arab world, who writes politically-inspired songs about freedom, creativity, and tolerance (considered hallmarks of early Muslim civilizations).
REGULAR: $49 MEMBER: $42
MEMBERS BRING FRIENDS FOR FREE!
UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE: $25 HIGH SCHOOL: $5
This performance is part of the Girls Night Out Series sponsored by Sugar & Spice Elite Spa . All ticket holders are automatically entered to WIN A FREE “$165 Signature Sparkle Package” which includes a facial, 30 minute relaxation massage, pedicure and lunch at the Upper Deck restaurant.
This special evening is presented in partnership with our friends at the Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre as they prepare to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Niagara Folk Arts Festival.
This show is also made possible by the New Chapter Grant at Canada Council for the Arts.