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Monday, June 27, 2011

Tirgan Iranian Festival (July 21-24) presented by Liberty Development

Experience Iranian culture through dance, theatre, film, visual arts and more

TORONTO, ON (Monday, June 27, 2011) – Harbourfront Centre, along with its lead summer partner The Toronto Port Authority, proudly presents Tirgan Iranian Festival, a multi-disciplinary artistic and cultural festival that focuses on “Visions of Eternity,” asking artists, writers, and poets all over the world, “What do you deem eternal?” In a country yearning for change such as Iran, artists and writers transform old beliefs, understandings and representations through their artistic and literary creations by continually challenging them.

From July 21-24, Harbourfront Centre spectators are invited to celebrate Iranian culture with a multitude of world and Canadian premieres in traditional and contemporary styles of Iranian dance, music, theatre, literature, film, and visual arts.

Tirgan Iranian Festival has something for everyone including Golden Puppet Theatre with Vida Ghahremani. She recounts Fairy King’s Daughter, a story about a princess who falls in love with a commoner. Ghahremani also holds a workshop to teach children five to 12 years old to make a puppet and perform a show.

Harbourfront Centre’s nighttime visitors can enjoy Late Night Persian Jazz, a ticketed event ($25) featuring jazz-blues songstress Rana Farhan. Her songs meld 13th century poetry with American elements of blues and jazz.

Just as entertaining is Silk Road Dance Company, presenting the Canadian premiere of a repertoire of folkloric dances as well as a workshop in Persian dance. Their dancers have mastered a wide range of styles, including rare choreographies that are part of the company's “Legacy Repertoire.” The Silk Road Dance Company won the 2003 International Academy of Middle Eastern Dance Award for Best Dance Company.

Join us this summer as we explore “Hot Spots” of intensity, artistic brilliance, connectivity, and regions of conflict that shape the impressions we have of ourselves and our world. This theme is programmed into each weekend festival to bring together rich artistic traditions from our own backyard and around the globe! It also presents a unique opportunity to experience top Canadian and international artists in a fun, family-friendly environment without ever leaving the city!

Hot spots may not always be comfortable, but they are conduits of change. Embrace change or defy it – it is ultimately up to you. This summer, Harbourfront Centre presents programming that asks: What’s your hot spot?

For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit harbourfrontcentre.com/summer or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront.

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