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Toronto Festival of Literature and the Arts 2013

May 3-5 2013

3 days of readings, seminars, music and dance

FSALA is a Canadian arts festival with a difference, promoting writers from South Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean, and those not writing in English, who are major figures in their own countries though not always known to the global "mainstream." FSALA also invites many Canadian writers to the Festival, as well as musicians and other artists. In the past we have had dramatists Girish Karnad and Mahesh Dattani from India, novelist Bapsi Sidhwa from Pakistan/USA, and classical dancer Hari Krishnan from Canada. Important features of FSALA are panel discussions on various aspects of the arts, and opportunities for members of the public to meet the artists. In 2011 we celebrated anniversaries of Rabindranath Tagore and Faiz Ahmad Faiz. The keynote address was by Adrienne Clarkson, former Governor General of Canada and a writer.

For FSALA13, more than 25 Canadian writers and musicians will be present. Admission is free except for the Saturday concert. It is advisable but not essential to pre-register.

 

International
Selina Hossain (Bangladesh) • Oonya Kempadoo (Grenada) • Dannabang Kuwabong (Puerto Rico/Ghana) • Sharankumar Limbale (India) • Humaira Rahman (Pakistan/USA) • Valerie Joan Tagwira (Zimbabwe) •
Manjushree Thapa (Nepal/Canada) • Prasanna Vithanage (Sri Lanka)

Canadian
Sadhu Binning (Vancouver) • Randy Boyagoda (Toronto) • Christian Campbell (Toronto) • Manoshi Chatterjee (Toronto) • Cheran (Windsor) • Meena Chopra (Mississauga) • George Elliott Clarke (Toronto) • Madeline Coopsammy (Winnipeg) • Jawaid Danish (Toronto) • Tahir Gora (Burlington) • Anosh Irani (Vancouver) • Arnold Itwaru (Toronto) • Tasneem Jamal (Kitchener) • Sheniz Janmohamed (Toronto) • Jasbir Kalrwai (Toronto) • Surjit Kaur (Toronto) • Anand Mahadevan (Toronto) Pamela Mordecai (Kitchener) • Michelle Muir (Toronto) • Evelyn Mukwedeya (Toronto) •Rasheed Nadeem (Toronto) • Munir Pervaiz (Mississauga) • Dawn Promislow (Toronto) • Jasmine Sawant (Mississauga) • Shailja Saxena • H Nigel Thomas (Montreal)

Kiran Ahluwalia
in concert
plus
Three World Authors

George Elliott Clarke (Canada)
Selina Hossain (Bangladesh)
• Valerie Joan Tagwira (Zimbabwe)

Saturday May 4 at Al Green Theatre, Miles Nadal JCC

Saturday May 4 7:00-10:00 PM
Tickets $30 / $20 Students and Seniors
Eventbrite - Three World Writers plus Kiran Ahluwalia in Concert

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Program
(subject to minor changes)

Map of Area

Friday May 3

Morning

School visits by selected authors

 Afternoon

3:00- 4:30 p.m.
Combination Room, Trinity College
Enter through 6 Hoskin Ave

Thinking across Regions

Cheran, Selina Hossain, Dannabang Kuwabong, Dawn Promislow
Moderator: Julie Mehta

4:45  – 6:15 p.m.
Combination Room, Trinity College
Enter through 6 Hoskin Ave

 South Asian Theatre in Canada

Jawaid Danish (Rang Manch Canada), Jasmine Sawant (Sawitri Theatre Group), Shailja Saxena

 Moderator: Dalbir Singh

Evening

7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Seeley Hall, Trinity College, University of Toronto

Introduction and Welcome
Keynote Address: Professor Deep Saini, Principal, University of Toronto Mississauga
FSALA Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation to Rienzi Crusz

Readings: Anosh Irani,
Christian Campbell, Pamela Mordecai
Musical recital: Evelyn Mukwedeya

Saturday May 4

Munk School of Global Arts,
Campbell Conference Facility, University of Toronto

1 Devonshire Place

10:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Munk Centre Room 108 

Growing Diversity, Emerging Media:
Looking at the Future

Tasneem Jamal, Sheniz Janmohamed, Randy Boyagoda, Anand Mahadevan

Moderator: Donna Bailey Nurse

10:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Campbell Room

One World, One English, the Many Languages of the Imagination
 

Sadhu Binning (Punjabi) Valerie Joan Tagwira (Shona) Sharankumar Limbale (Marathi), Meena Chopra (Hindi), Humaira Rahman (Urdu)

Moderator: Arun Prabha Mukherjee

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Munk Centre Room 108

Art, Popular Culture, & Aesthetics

Oonya Kempadoo, Michelle Muir, Ramabai Espinet, Madeline Coopsammy
Moderator: Mariam Pirbhai

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Campbell Room

Thinking Locally, Writing Globally

Manjushree Thapa, Dannabang Kuwabong, Arnold Itwaru, H Nigel Thomas

7:00 – 10:00 p.m. 
Al Green Theatre, Miles Nadal JCC
750 Spadina Ave

Readings: Valerie Joan Tagwira, George Elliott Clarke, Selina Hossain
mbira: Evelyn Mukwedeya
Intermissions
Musical Recital:
Kiran Ahluwalia & Co 

Eventbrite - Three World Writers plus Kiran Ahluwalia in Concert

Sunday May 5

South Asian Sunday

12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Campbell Room, Campbell Conference Facility

Film (Sinhala):
Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka (With You, Without You)

With:
Shyam Fernando, Anjali Patil, Wasantha Moragoda, Maheshwarie Ratnam
Produced by:
Lasantha Nawarathna and Mohamed Adamaly
Written and Directed by:
Prasanna Vithanage 

Followed by a discussion with Prasanna Vithanage.

2:10 - 2:30 p.m.
Musical Recital

Carnatic Vocal Recital by Kamini Dandapani

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Campbell Room, Campbell Conference Facility

Worlds Within Canada
A session with Hindi, Punjabi, and Urdu writers
Munir Pervaiz, Manoshi Chatterjee, Jasbir Kalrwai, Tahir Gora, Rasheed Nadeem and Surjit Kaur 

Moderator: Cheran

 

Please Donate!
FSALA depends on private donations. Please donate. Tax-deductible in Canada.

 



 

Please Donate!
FSALA depends to a large extent on private donations. Please donate. Tax-deductible in Canada.


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