Mosaic Festival delivers film, food, music and more!

Summertime is filled with incredible festivals across the country. It’s a perfect time to enjoy and experience a culture that is rich in so many ways. MOSAIC, the South Asian Heritage Festival of Mississauga will offer up the best in food, film, music, comedy, dance and more!

This is the ninth year for the festival and will take place at Mississauga’s City Centre from August 7 to 16, 2014.


Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival (MISAFF), kicks off opening night with a feature film. Notable films screening during MISAFF 2014 include the Canadian premiere of films such as VARA starring Shahana Goswami, directed by renowned Bhutanese Director Khyentse Norbu; Hank and Asha; the gritty Gangs of Tooting Broadway; Actor/ Director Rajat Kapoor’s charming Ankhon Dekhi; Anima State, a dark comedy and an allegorical Pakistani tale about the state of affairs in the country; and Sulemani Keeda, a comedy about film writers. 

MISAFF documentaries include Meet the Patels, an audience favorite during the Toronto Hot Docs festival; Tomorrow We Disappear; and the Mississauga premiere of The Conflicted Samaritan. Short films include Canadian film, Just A Prayer, starring local talents Huse Madhavji and Farah Merani; and the award-winning Quebec film Nous Avions about a Pakistani family living in Montreal struggling to retain their identity as new dreams take flight.

Attracting audiences from across the GTA, MISAFF 2014 featured films include world premieres, Canadian premieres and presents films in Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Marathi, Pushto, Bengali, Gujarati, Tamil, Kashmiri and Sindhi languages.

sandaraaRock the Coliseum music festival takes place on August 15/16. On Friday August 15, join in a free all-ages music festival supporting all genres of independent Canadian music, in collaboration with Independent Music Initiative. 

Indian National Award winner and Bollywood superstar singer Rekha Bhardwaj will be the headline performance on Saturday August 16. Rekha is currently one of the busiest Bollywood-playback singers focusing on Folk, Sufi and Bollywood genres, and she has an earthy quality to her voice that captivates her audience. This will be her first free concert in North America.
New York band Sandaara, led by Pakistani music sensation Zeb (of Zeb and Haniya Coke Studio fame) will be performing a full concert at the festival, followed by the headlining act of Karsh Kale featuring Jonita Gandhi and Bageshree Vaze, Chai-Town A Cappella group, Sampradaya Dance Creations, Destiny Soca Chutney band, along with many other great Musicians, Dancers and Art workshops. As per tradition, Bollywood Dance Choreographer Shiamak Davar: Toronto Dance Team will close the Mosaic festivities.

Actor Raymond AblackActor Raymond Ablack who starred in the show Degrassi: The Next Generation, will be in attendance.

Actor Vinay Virmani, best known for his role in the feature film Breakaway and his latest film Dr. Cabbie, will be the celebrity guest at the MISAFF CHAT.

Additionally, the festival will offer clay and pottery workshops for children and gardening demonstrations for all ages. The Visual Arts Program (VIRSA) is a prominent feature of Mosaic; this year, two exhibitions by local and international artists will be presented. 

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