Grandmother, Bride and Groom. Photo by Pardeep Singh

You are invited to be part of an elaborate Bollywood Wedding – a hilarious dance and theatre event surrounding the engagement and wedding of two young Indians brought together in an arranged marriage. Indian weddings are colourful and extravagant with fabulous clothing, an occasional meltdown, and drama all around.

Bollywood Wedding. Photo by Tim Matheson
[Bollywood Wedding; photo by Tim Matheson]

South Asian Arts’ Bollywood Wedding will be held outdoors in a beautiful garden setting. The proceedings will begin in the light of early evening and end in the dark of night, lit by bonfires whose light will reflect the dazzling colours of the beautiful and authentic costumes. Bollywood Wedding is an interactive experience, allowing the audience to take in various scenes including the capping moment of the evening, a wedding reception.
South Asian Arts was co-founded by Gurpreet Sian and Raakhi Sinha in 2005, its goal to develop individuality in both children and adults through the arts. Since then, the organization has actively promoted South Asian dance, music, and culture through professional performances and workshops, guest lectures, and children’s cultural summer camps. In addition, South Asian Arts has travelled across BC to teach over 30,000 students in both elementary and secondary schools.

Bollywood Wedding. Photo by Tim Matheson
[Bollywood Wedding; photo by Tim Matheson]
Over the past seven years, they’ve partnered with some amazing organizations including New Works, the PuSh Festival, neworldtheatre, Bollywood Shenanigans and the Cultural Olympiad. In 2009, Raakhi Sinha, Gurpreet Sian, and Camyar Chai wrote, created, and produced the premier showing of Bollywood Wedding. In that same year, the Georgia Straight declared it the “Best Outdoor Interactive Theatre Event of 2009”.

With prestigious South Asian dance and music performances at the 2009 Juno Awards, the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, and their recent performances at the TOIFA Bollywood Awards, South Asian Arts continues to promote BC’s diversity to widespread audiences.

Bollywood Wedding: An outdoor, interactive dance and theatre event directed by Camyar Chai
Dates: July 17 to 21 and 24 to 28, 8 pm; 2 pm matinees on July 20, 21, 27, 28
Venue: Italian Gardens at the Pacific National Exhibition, Hastings Park, Vancouver
Tickets: Adults, $35; Seniors, children (12 and under), $20, available online.
All tickets exclude service charges

For show information, please phone 778.706.6224 or visit the event page.

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