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Iftar Celebration

Join us in celebration of Ramadan

June 19 , 2017
8–11 PM

Within the Muslim tradition, iftar is a meal served at sunset to break the daily fast during the month of Ramadan. A social event involving family and friends, iftar provides an opportunity to share food as an act of kindness with members of the community.

We invite Torontonians and visitors of backgrounds to join us in contemplation and celebration, starting with Music in the Spirit of Ramadan in The Famous Speigeltent from 8pm-9pm, followed by festivities outdoors in David Pecaut Square after sunset from 9:30pm-11pm.

Photo by David Leyes.

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Curated by Amirali Alibhai, Head of Performing Arts, in partnership with the Aga Khan Museum
CultureLinkAgincourt Community Services Association, Newcomers' Centre

Program

Music in the Spirit of Ramadan, 8–9pm

The Famous Spiegeltent
FREE – Advance reservation required (coming soon)
Please note that performances are open to the public and free (advance registration required). Attendees are encouraged to respect the quiet, spiritual nature of the event.

 - Rumi Canada with Amir Koushkani
Rumi Canada with Amir Koushkani
 - Rumi Canada with Amir Koushkani
Rumi Canada with Amir Koushkani

Rumi Canada featuring Amir Koushkani, presenting live music and whirling dervishes, will start the evening off in a meditative manner. In this event, Amir Koushkani (PhD. Music, Persian Tar master) and his friends will present sacred sufi music of dervishes joined by two of Rumi Canada whirling dervishes. Inspired by Mowlana Rumi, other mystics, and teachers, Rumi Canada come together for the purpose of facilitating the experience of Unity and Love through music and art.

Dance is when you tear your heart out & rise out of your body to hang suspended between worlds.&
– Rumi
 - Awaaz Ensemble
Awaaz Ensemble
 - Awaaz Ensemble
Awaaz Ensemble
The Awaaz Ensemble, founded by composer, vocalist and choral facilitator, Hussein Janmohamed, brings together outstanding Canadian vocalists of diverse cultural, musical and faith backgrounds with the belief that choral music, developed through creative collaboration and dialogue, has a unique power to transcend barriers and manifest the depths of the human spirit. The ensemble conveys to audiences familiar yet innovative choral sounds, whether individually or collaboratively written, improvised, invented or passed on. Singers weave their unique vocal colours, sounds, tones and methods into soundscapes inspired by traditional and contemporary approaches to choral music.

Iftar Celebration, 9:30–11pm

David Pecaut Square
FREE – open to the public

 - Nai Children's Choir
Nai Children's Choir
 - Nai Children's Choir
Nai Children's Choir

Founded in April 2016 by a team of passionate staff and volunteer musicians at CultureLink, Nai Syrian Children’s Choir provides a unique space for refugee children to learn to express their grief, yearning, love, and hope through singing in their mother tongue and in the official languages of their new country. The word "Nai" means “the sound of the flute” in Arabic. According to Gibran Khalil Gibran, a great poet of the Arabic-speaking world, “singing is a fine prayer and the sound of the flute remains even after life ends” (Al-Nai).

 - Canadian Arabic Orchestra
Canadian Arabic Orchestra
 - Canadian Arabic Orchestra
Canadian Arabic Orchestra
The Canadian Arabic Orchestra is a professional not-for-profit organization dedicated to connecting audiences with classical Arabic music while celebrating the freedom and diversity of Canada’s cultural landscape. The repertoire covers all parts of the Arab world and spans a time period that goes back to early Andalusia – sometimes with a Western Classical and Jazz twist.

Breaking of the Fast: iftar

By invitation only

In partnership with CultureLink and Agincourt Community Centre, Luminato is hosting an iftar meal for invited guests as a welcome to newcomers to Toronto. The Syrian ladies of The Newcomer Kitchen are preparing a traditional meal which will be served in David Pecaut Square during the sunset concert.