The South Asian Arts Society presents the inaugural Monsoon Festival of Performing Arts in August. Here are five reasons you should go:

[dropcap]1[/dropcap]In its inaugural year, the Monsoon Arts Festival deliberately spotlights South Asian theatre; as organizers rightly point out, as the largest visible minority in Canada, South Asian Canadians are wholly under-represented in Vancouver’s performing arts community.

[dropcap]2[/dropcap]The Monsoon Arts Festival is unique, given that no other broadly-focused South Asian performing arts festival exists in Canada.

[dropcap]3[/dropcap]The festival will include award-winning actress Dipti Mehta’s new one-woman play, Honour: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan, a fun and poignant look at the exotic and dangerous life of Mumbai’s real-life brothels and why they exist.

[dropcap]4[/dropcap]The festival also sees the return of the popular I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Chicken gang with their unique brand of sketch comedy;

[dropcap]5[/dropcap]In addition to the performances, the festival will also feature multilingual development workshops on dramaturging, playwriting, directing and acting, along with readings and an industry series.

The Monsoon Festival of the Performing Arts takes at various locations in Vancouver and Surrey from August 11-21. Visit http://monsoonartsfest.ca for tickets and information.