Aga Khan Museum Travels the World in Its 2017 Spring Performing Arts Programming

April 26: Desert Dancer

 A Vibrant Selection of Music, Film, and Dance Celebrates the Interconnections Between Global Cultures –
The Aga Khan Museum is proud to launch its third year of Performing Arts programming. Between April and June of this year, six showcase performances of music and dance, and seven films, shed light on the creative traditions of such countries as India, Iran, Syria, and Canada.

Through partnerships with notable organizations, the Museum presents the best of local and international talent to both illuminate and celebrate Canada’s diverse cultural mosaic. Partners this season include Hot Docs Film Festival (with four new films screened at the Museum on May 7), Reel Canada (with a special screening on National Canadian Film Day, April 19), and World Fiddle Day Toronto, May 20 (the largest gathering of fiddle-players in the city).

“It is with immense gratitude and humble pleasure that we welcome audiences back for our third season of Performing Arts,” says Amirali Alibhai, Head of Performing Arts at the Museum. “This year is truly special for us as the actors, dancers, and musicians we welcome to the Museum have provided us a chance to honour and celebrate the multiple layers of Canadian identity.”

Programming highlights include:

  • A free screening of Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children (2012) in celebration of National Canadian Film Day 150 — the largest one-day film event in the world (April 19)
  • A screening of Richard Raymond’s Desert Dancer (2014) (April 26), a powerful bio-drama based on the life of Iranian dancer Afshin Ghaffarian. Ghaffarian will visit the Museum in the days following the screening to present his solo dance piece Too Loud A Solitude
    (April 29)
  • An evening recital with Grammy Award-winning artist Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt
    (April 22)
  • A blend of ancient mystic music and modern electronic synths presented by Iranian composer and vocalist Sussan Deyhim (June 2)
  • A spellbinding performance of Bharatanatyam dance with Janaki Rangajarian (June 16)

This season, tickets to select events come with complimentary access to the Museum’s first- and second-floor galleries.

For full details about exhibitions and programming, please visit

The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada, has been established and developed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), which is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). The Museum’s mission is to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the contribution that Muslim civilizations have made to world heritage while often reflecting, through both its permanent and temporary exhibitions, how cultures connect with one another. Designed by architect Fumihiko Maki, the Museum shares a 6.8-hectare site with Toronto’s Ismaili Centre, which was designed by architect Charles Correa. The surrounding landscaped park was designed by architect Vladimir Djurovic.

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