Founding Organization:  South Asian Arts Society
Festival Producer:  Gurpreet Sian


The welcoming of the captivating and spiritual force of the monsoon dates back thousands of years in India.  Vancouver is also known for its heavy rainfall. With the intersection of these two natural phenomena, the goal is to celebrate the monsoon here in the Lower Mainland by welcoming the storm with the Monsoon Festival of Performing Arts, presented by South Asian Arts Society.

Now in its fourth year, the 2019 Monsoon Festival of Performing Arts runs August 9-13, 2019 in Vancouver and Surrey, celebrating local performing arts, artists, and the wealth of knowledge they have to offer individuals and our community at large. 

Join us for five days of comedy, talks, and a myriad of workshops and classes offered by prolific local performers and creators. Help us nurture the creative power within our community by attending our events, learning more about artists’ processes, and experiencing creative practices, as we invest in and support the next generation of aspiring local artists.

The 2019 festival kicks off with a night of stand-up comedy in partnership with Elements Casino Surrey, featuring some of Greater Vancouver's finest comedians: Rae Lynn Carson, Ash Dhawan, Rajneesh Dhawan, Al Hassam, Devon Kandola, Leena Manro (I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Chicken fame), and our emcee Dusty Searcy! The night will continue with a post-show dance party featuring High Voltage Roadshow's DJ Beatdrop! Cash bar and dinner menu will be available.

The festival will also present an expanded Industry Series featuring FREE staged readings, talkbacks, and development workshops in areas including (but not limited to) playwriting, comedy, mindfulness, digital marketing, and movement.

In future years, audiences can look forward to a multidisciplinary arts festival inclusive of dance, music, visual, experimental and interdisciplinary arts, showcasing both Canadian and international South Asian artists and talents.