The Monsoon Festival of Performing Arts is an annual event with South Asian performances, workshops and activities in Vancouver and other communities in August.
In 2022 the festival runs from August 5th until the 31st. One of its main events is Punjabi Market Live which happens on Sunday, August 28th.
Monsoon Arts Festival in Vancouver
The Monsoon Festival of Performing Arts is an annual event put together by the South Asian Arts Society.
Each year, India goes through a monsoon season which mostly consists of heavy rainfall. Although the extreme weather conditions can be destructive at times, the people of India celebrate the season with joyous festivities.
Drawing inspiration from these overseas traditions, along with Vancouver’s rainy reputation, organizers of the local Monsoon Festival present a variety of South Asian performances and events in the Lower Mainland.
At the festival in a typical year, there are a number of ticketed performances as well as an Industry Series of free readings, workshops and more. The performances and in-person activities happen at a variety of venues around the Lower Mainland.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Monsoon Arts Festival took place in a digital format the last couple of years. The seventh annual Monsoon Festival of Performing Arts though happens as a series of in-person and virtual events from August 5th to 31st in 2022.
The festival this year features several different types of events including an online marketplace which runs for the entire month and showcases the works of five artists. Other activities include workshops, dance lessons and story-telling events.
One of the main events at the festival this year is Punjabi Market Live which happens on the last Sunday of August.
Punjabi Market Live in 2022
Punjabi Market Live takes place at the corner of 49th Avenue and Main Street in South Vancouver. It’s a free event and includes dancing, live music, food and a range of other family-friendly activities. The event runs from 2:00 until 6:00 pm on Sunday, August 28th.
Happening for the first time in 2022, Punjabi Market Live is a fairly small event. It takes place along about half a block of a side alley that runs parallel to Main Street. When we dropped by for a look there were maybe a couple of hundred people. They had a nice set up with awnings overhead, a stage at the front and four or so food trucks running along the side.
At the event there is dancing with the Coastal Wolf Pack, Mortal Coil, Karima Essa, Shan-E-Punjab Arts Club and Jolene Sloan. Artists singing at the event include Robyn Sandhu, Jugpreet Bajwa, Varinder Vicky & Navreet Kaur, and Krystal Kiran. There is also poetry by Guntaj Deep Singh, Mohan Gill and Balkaran. DJ Element is on-site throughout the day.
To learn more about this event click Punjabi Market Live.
For more information about the 2022 Monsoon Festival and to reserve your spot, visit the Monsoon Arts Festival website.
Other articles that may be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver’s August Calendar
- Festivals and Events in Vancouver
- Vancouver on a Budget
- Best Places for History and Culture
- Vancouver 5X Festival
- Vancouver Indian Summer Festival